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Reader Spotlight: Zakk Zodiac

Zakk ZodiacMeet Zakk Zodiac, a bassist from Australia who is about as diverse as they come (and more proof you can’t judge a book by its cover).

Not only that, he has an incredibly entertaining story to share.

Zakk is No Treble’s reader in the spotlight for the week of June 9, 2014. Enjoy.

Bio:

A punk rock bassist who at times is just plain scary. Complete with a wild, unspiked flowing mohawk halfway down his body and a seemingly possessed onstage presence, this Melbourne-based madman will shock and amaze with his speed and endurance as well as some surprisingly sleek fills.

Location:

Melbourne, Australia

Day gig:

Personal care assistant, believe it or not…

Years experience:

I’m in my thirteenth year now.

Bands & Gigs:

I play bass in Melbourne horror punk band The Unkind. We are currently gigging at least once a month as well as recording.

Gear:

ESP/Ltd B-55

This is my go-to bass, and arguably one of the all-round sexiest 5ers out.

Hartke VX410

Unique and powerful… plus sexy cab to boot.

80’s Peavey 400w head

This thing makes it possible to cut through even the thickest wall of sound and is amazingly resilient!

Why I play the bass:

It was a combined decision between nobody wanting to play the bass at school and the amount of bands who seemed to be desperately seeking bassist. My question to both was “why?”

When I first picked up the school’s knockoff P-bass, I instantly fell in love and understood that it takes someone truly special to become a great bassist, a goal which I have been trying to achieve ever since.

My bass superpower/claim to fame:

Honestly, I would have to say my work ethic across the fretboard. My fills and solos have earned me praise and notoriety on the scene, and finally my finger speed has been known to blow a mind or two.

My influences:

First and foremost, Cliff Burton, Metallica (R.I.P.). I borrow the most from Cliff, from my style through to my stage presence, Cliff is an obvious huge influence. Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath was also immensely helpful in my development. Matt Freeman of Rancid is another huge influence (freak!!) and last but not least, Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers.

More on the web:

The Unkind on Facebook

Also, our YouTube channel and Reverbnation page are packed full of goodies.

Better yet, if you are from Melbourne, come check out a show!

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