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Reader Spotlight: Christoph Miebach

Christoph MiebachMeet Christoph Miebach, who started out on guitar and keys until that one day the band needed a bassist. He made the switch – a moment he calls “love at first sight.”

Christoph is this week’s reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story…

Bio:

I studied bass guitar in the Netherlands at the ArtEZ School of Music from 2005 to 2009, getting the title “Master of Music” in Münster, Germany 2010. I’ve been playing and teaching the bass every day since 2012.

Location:

Bochum/Germany

Day gig:

Bassist, Teacher, Author, Booker

Years experience:

Since 2002

Bands & Gigs:

I’m playing with different musicians in Pop, Rock, and Jazz, including my regular gigs like the ’90s Tribute Band “Captain Dance,” which I’ve had for 4 years, and I organize the gigs. I’m also the bassist and booker of my Rock ‘n’ Roll Band, “Rock’n’Bella.” The gigs are fun and always people are laughing and dancing.

Gear:

  • Sandberg Basic 5-String Natural
  • Ibanez 5-String fretless GWB35
  • Marleaux Consut Custom 6-String
  • Höfner Ignition Beatles Bass 4-String
  • Hartke Hydrive 410er Box + LH1000 Topteil
  • TC Electronics BG250 Combo + Switch-3
  • Pedaltrain: Loop Station RC 2 Boss, DiscumBOBulator, Bass RC-Booster, Bass Big Muff, MXR Delay, MXR Octaver Deluxe, MXR Bass Compressor, AKG Wireless System

Why I play the bass:

I was playing keys and guitar in my first band “End of Orange.” Soon we came to the point where we needed a bassist, so I tried to play it and I loved it at once. Love at first sight.

My bass superpower/claim to fame:

My bass superpower is probably that I’m performing very entertain-y. I’m gladly moving a lot over the whole stage. But I also can keep my position if the music is slow or intense. I’m playing 4-6 strings, fretted and fretless, and I can jump on to a gig without rehearsing, if necessary. I love the small gigs with up to 100 people just as the big gigs with up to 5,000 people or more.

My influences:

Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Williams, Michael Jackson, Metallica, Marcus Miller, Jaco Pastorius, James Jamerson, and so many more…

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