Meet bassist Keith Gibbons, a working musician and songwriter from Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. Keith is our player in the spotlight for October 4, 2011.
I’ve been a songwriter as far back as I can remember, but I didn’t realize that until a few years ago. I started playing bass because being in a band and writing pop-punk songs seemed like a lot of fun. Over the years, my tastes changed and I became more and more involved in movement and feeling, instead of just four chord progressions. I’ve played and recorded bass in numerous bands, moved to Las Vegas for a while with an old band I was in, and have had a lot of fun touring around our great country. Bass suits me well because it is understated but still very necessary in modern music.
Notary Public for the State of Pennsylvania.
Bands & Gigs:
I play bass in a band called Me Against Myself. We have toured before and are working on some upcoming tour dates. We’re a 5-piece Rock/Indie band with a new album, Nightfall In North America, recorded up at Vudu in Long Island, NY. You can check out the first new song on Facebook.
I also play guitar/write/sing in my other band, Modern Suits, but that’s a whole other website.
- Fender American Precision Bass w/ Seymour Duncan Quarter Pounders
- Aguilar 412 cab
- Ampeg SVT-4 PRO Head
- Sansamp (which I actually only use as a distortion/overdrive pedal. I play with a pick most of the time and I love the driven crunch I get from it.)
- Boss Tuner
- Line6 Echo Park Delay
- Monster Cables
Why I play the bass:
I went to Warped Tour one year and was a huge Blink-182 fan. It always seemed like there were so many guitarists out there and that bass was under-appreciated. So, my mom and I went to a music store to get piano sheet music for my sister and my eyes started to wander. That day I put a down payment on my first Squier P-bass package and have been playing ever since.
My bass superpower/claim to fame
I think my bass superpower is that I can make pretty much any bass sound good, if not way better than it is supposed to. I also push the limits of my equipment, and I once blew out an entire Ampeg 810. A costly mistake, but, a learning experience for sure.
Death Cab for Cutie, Blink-182, Alkaline Trio, Foo Fighters, Matt Rubano (ex Taking Back Sunday) and Copeland are probably my big influences when it comes to writing bass parts – whether it be their tone or their style, these bassists have influenced me in many ways.