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Reader Spotlight: Kayhan Golkar

Kayhan GolkarMeet Kayhan Golkar, a bass player from San Francisco who makes his living playing music (mostly), and performs with a band he says is “equal parts rock, western, surf and world music”.

Kayhan is our player in the spotlight for the week of August 28, 2012.


I’m Kayhan Golkar, a Bay Area native. I picked up the bass 10 years ago and haven’t been able to put it down since. Ever since I was a kid I can remember how fascinated I was with the articulate use of ones hands while playing. The fundamentals seemed to come naturally to me in high school, and I took influence from all the greats.

Just as my passion for the bass was developing, I was equally excited about how to arrange a song and start writing original pieces. I have always considered myself a songwriter first, bass player second, and an obsessed gear nerd third. The electric bass has always been my favorite instrument to blend equal parts rhythm and melody.


San Francisco, CA

Day gig:

Odd jobs in San Francisco when not touring. Primarily a purveyor of alcohol (bartender)

Years experience:

10 years

Bands & Gigs:

I perform in an original rock band based out of San Francisco called Ambience. We have had an amazing time developing a fan base along the west coast over the last few years. Its equal parts rock, western, surf and world music.


Passive 4-string Fenders

Noise maker:
Ampeg Heritage SVT-CL & 8X10

Lots of fuzz
A little bit a reverb

Ampeg B15
More fuzz pedals

Why I play the bass:

I have always had an interest in playing bass. I was going through a music catalogue with a friend, and we decided to get a bass and guitar so we could jam after school. That turned into our current rock back that is still thriving ten years later.

My bass superpower/claim to fame

Not claiming any fame here… but I have been able to travel and share the stage with some amazing bands including Cold War Kids, Train, dredg, Civil Twilight, Mute Math and others…

My influences

Bass players: Chris Wolstenholme, Collin Greenwood, Georg Hólm, Ben Kenney, Alex Katunich, Kai Eckhardt

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Photo by Nicole Ryan.