Meet Guntis Kursišs, a relative newcomer on bass (by way of euphonium and guitar). We loved Guntis’s approach to eventual world domination (or more accurately universal domination).
Guntis is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story…
I’m a young man practicing like a communist working. I graduated music school on euphonium, then quit playing it, then thought myself a guitarist – I played it for 3 years until I received an offer to play bass in a psychedelic blues rock band. The next day, I traded in my electric guitar for a bass and started playing.
Several months passed, with me practicing at home, practicing with band and playing some gigs, until I saw Jaco Pastorius’s Modern Electric Bass, and I realized that bass is something more than a bass itself. After this, I started to take everything more serious and put myself in a music school to study jazz on bass.
I’m a student. From Monday through Friday, I go to school. After school I have rehearsals or I just stay in my apartment and study or practice more and more. On Friday and Saturday evenings, hopefully I am playing gigs. If not, I am dreaming about them.
Bands & Gigs:
I play in a psychedelic blues rock band So Lucid Electric Feel. In the first year we played about 50 gigs, some in clubs, some in venues, and some festivals. Right now, we’ve been doing some recording and mixing, shooting videos and have booked some concerts.
In November we have booked our first gig abroad Latvia, we’re playing in Tallin. We’ve made our way to Latvian underground, the next is the Baltic’s underground, then Europe’s underground, then reaching new heights in Baltic, middle level in Europe, then undergound in the USA, then new heights in Europe, then middle level in USA, then a three-year long world tour, then the undergound of the universe.
I have had a couple of “ass basses”. I bet they are destroyed right now.
At this moment I’m playing a copy of a Fender American Jazz bass. That’s basically it. I have no money for gear, though I’d love to earn some.
My dream gear is:
- ’69 Fender American Jazz Bass
- ’69 Fender American Precision Bass
- Rickenbacker 4001 Bass
- A wall of sound built from Ampeg’s
- Some reverb, distortion, wah pedals would also be nice
Why I play the bass:
An offer to play in a band.
My bass superpower/claim to fame:
My stage presence.
The heavyweight is Jaco Pastorius.
Cruiserweights are John Paul Jones, Jack Cassady, Geezer Butler, Leo Lyon – the real rock ’n’ roll groove machines.