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Player Spotlight: Darryl Anders

Darryl Anders

We first featured Darryl Anders and his band AgapeSoul back in July of last year. The bassist’s deep pocket groove made that first appearance here a big hit.

Darryl has an impressive resume and a pretty sweet gear list too. So it was an easy choice to select him for this week’s player spotlight feature… the first of 2013.

Bio:

I’ve had the opportunity to work with some truly great artist like Tower of Power, Booker T Jones, Zigaboo Modeliste, Ledisi, Martin Luther and Bonnie Hayes.

In August, 2012 my band Darryl Anders~AgapeSoul released ore debut CD Believe In Love, which was #1 on the UK Soul Chart.

Location:

SF Bay Area

Day gig:

Bass products manager for Dunlop / MXR Bass Innovations

Years experience:

30+ years

Bands & Gigs:

I am the leader of my own band Darryl Anders~AgapeSoul. We play an eclectic mix of mostly original… soulful R&B and neo-soul.

Gear:

  • Mike Lull M5V x 4
  • Elrick EvoLution 5
  • Spector Euro4LX
  • Spector Euro5lx custom
  • Spector Coda 5
  • SoundTrade 4
  • Carvin SB5000
  • Aguilar DB751
  • Aguilar TH500
  • Aguilar gs112 (x3) gs410, gs412
  • MXR M288 bass octave
  • MXR M82 bass envelope
  • MXR M84 bass fuzz
  • MXR M87 bass cmop
  • MXR M83 bass chorus
  • MXR M89 bass over drive
  • Dunlop Bass Strings DBN45125, DN45105

Why I play the bass:

I heard Louis Johnson playing bass on the Quincy Jones LP Mellow Madness. It was a sound I’d never heard before. Then I saw him live in concert after the Bros Johnson Look Out For #1 LP came out, and I know at that moment that it was what I wanted to do.

My bass superpower/claim to fame

I think what makes me stand out in the world of so many great players is my tone and the fact that I don’t play very hard, but still manage to get a big sound

My influences

So many people have influenced me on this journey. Louis Johnson, Larry Graham, Lee Sklar, Wille Weeks, Marcus Miller, Jimmy Haslip, Jaco, Gary Willis…

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