Meet Dylan DeBiase, a bassist, singer and songwriter who is comfortable with the traditional role of the bass, but he’s also equally comfortable stretching out and exploring. Dylan is No Treble’s reader in the spotlight for the week of October 12, 2015. Here’s his story…
I’m a small town kid from upstate New York, a recent graduate of Purchase College where I was part of the Studio Composition program.
I’ve always loved music and although I had been taking lessons and training as a bass player, I also found that i had a knack for singing and songwriting. I eventually began to blend my bass playing and songwriting and got a 6-string bass which enabled me to do some more interesting things from a songwriting perspective.
After seeing guys like Marco Rodi, Michael Manring, Richard Bona, Sting and Victor Wooten do what they do, I just started singing and playing. Even though I still love being a side man and building block to the sound of a whole band, I also developed some super unorthodox and interesting solo material. I thought it was cool because it simply came naturally.
New Paltz/ New York/ United States
I’m a Tennis Instructor
Since I was 15.
Bands & Gigs:
I am in a couple bands and currently working on a solo project as well that I’m getting ready to release. I gig with the NYC based progressive rock band Citris, along with my own indie jazz band Shores. I am getting ready to release a full length album of my own songs that I’ve written extensive arrangements for over the past two years. That will be released under my name.
- Ibanez 6 string Soundgear Premium
- Fender 4 string
- Markbass Traveler 102P
Why I play the bass:
I originally went to a school where everyone was made to start out on either violin, viola, cello or bass. I began playing double bass and the progression was natural to electric.
My bass superpower/claim to fame:
I have super long fingers that enable me to play some very cool extended chords on the 6-string when I’m playing my solo stuff!
Michael Manring, Victor Wooten, and of course my private lesson teacher and THE MAN – Anthony Wellington!