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Reader Spotlight: Bambo Kino

Bambo Kino

Meet Bambo Kino, a musician from Ohio who was bitten by the bass bug in 1970 and never looked back. He also has one of the coolest stage names I can recall, and an interesting list in response to the “influences” question.

Bambo is No Treble’s reader in the spotlight for the week of February 24, 2014.

Bio:

The music bug hit me on February 9, 1964. I played in groups in and around the Youngstown, Ohio area from 1967 till 2000. I began writing in 1981. I tried all the genres. I wrote alone and with co-writers. I began writing strictly from a bass point of view in 2010. I have a CD out and another to be released very soon. I’m a vintage player in a material world.

Location:

Youngstown, OH USA

Day gig:

I’m President and CEO of the Alaya Rose Music Company.

Years experience:

43 years

Bands & Gigs:

No, just doing studio work.

Gear:

  • Fodera MGS 5-string bass
  • Markbass 2-10 combo amplifier

Why I play the bass:

When I was in high school I played various instruments, looking for my voice. I always played guitar, organ and bass with the organ being my performance instrument. The summer I graduated, my band broke up. That September – for a reason I can’t recall – I went down to our local musician’s union. One of the officers, Mr. Barile said that a really good group was looking for a bass player. He suggested that I go and audition. I resisted, because they were older, and I really wasn’t a bass player. He said a few kind words and encouraged me to give it a try. So I did. I joined the group and have been playing bass ever since. This happened in September, 1970.

My bass superpower/claim to fame:

Honesty and sincerity. I believe my phrasing and feel are my strong points. I always strive to be different and unique while still maintaining a sense of musicality.

My influences:

My father, Jaco Pastorius and Abraham Lincoln.

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