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Best of 2016: The Top 10 Interviews and Podcasts

Over the course of 2016, we talked with many bassists through our Groove podcast and interviews. Here are the top 10 reader favorites of the year.

Groove – Episode #13: Felix Pastorius

1. Groove – Episode #13: Felix Pastorius

In this episode of Groove, we chat with Felix Pastorius about the “JACO” movie, his father’s legacy, what he would like to bring to this instrument with his own playing and artistry and more. Enjoy the conversation…

Groove – Episode #21: Tim Lefebvre

2. Groove – Episode #21: Tim Lefebvre

In this episode of Groove – the No Treble Podcast, we chat with Tim Lefebvre. Tim shares stories about his time with David Bowie, his gig with Tedeschi Trucks Band, his views on music and more. Enjoy the conversation…

Back To The Funkture: An Interview With Alissia Benveniste

3. Back To The Funkture: An Interview With Alissia Benveniste

Alissia Benveniste has been turning heads with her fresh take on classic funk for a few years, starting with her song “Let It Out”. She released her debut EP in 2016 and talks about that and more in this interview…

The Last Hero: An Interview with Brian Marshall

4. The Last Hero: An Interview with Brian Marshall

Alter Bridge’s fifth studio album, “The Last Hero”, is a continuation of the band’s heavy-yet-melodic style. That sound is anchored by the thick bass work of Brian Marshall. We caught up with Marshall to get the scoop on the album and more…

Groove – Episode #14: Jeff Berlin

5. Groove – Episode #14: Jeff Berlin

Jeff Berlin had a moment he describes as “the dark night of the soul” at the age of 60. Now he’s reflecting. In this episode of Groove – The No Treble podcast, we talk to him about that and more. Enjoy the conversation…

Turnitup: An Interview with Ida Nielsen

6. Turnitup: An Interview with Ida Nielsen

Ida Nielsen has gone by several names, including Ida Funkhouser and Bassida, but one thing has stayed consistent: her rock solid funk style. We caught up with Nielsen to discuss her new album, lessons from Prince, and her new Sandberg signature bass…

Groove – Episode #17: Tony Levin

7. Groove – Episode #17: Tony Levin

Tony Levin is a bass specialist. Pure, simple and rhythmic. Bass players know how hard it is to find one’s voice. Levin has not only found his voice, but a very distinct sound, playing style and groove, whether he’s playing electric, upright or the Chapman Stick. Enjoy the conversation…

Great Is Our Sin: An Interview with Brett Bamberger

8. Great Is Our Sin: An Interview with Brett Bamberger

Alex Webster sent me some examples of his favorite bass tones in metal. One clip that caught my ear was Revocation’s playthrough of “Spastic,” with Brett Bamberger. We caught up with Bamberger to talk about the new album and a lot more…

Groove – Episode #15: Divinity Roxx

9. Groove – Episode #15: Divinity Roxx

Who is Divinity Roxx? Musician? Bassist? Rapper? Singer? Producer? Performer? Composer? Musical director? Much more. Divinity Roxx is a true artist. The electric bass is her tool to get her message out. She mixes and crosses genres (from rock to rap to funk to jazz). Enjoy the conversation…

Groove – Episode #18: Arthur Barrow

10. Groove – Episode #18: Arthur Barrow

There’s crazy stories and then there’s really crazy stories. The timeline of Arthur Barrow’s success falls into the “really crazy story” category (without question). In this episode of Groove, we talk with Barrow, who played with Frank Zappa, Robby Krieger, Joe Cocker, Billy Idol, Janet Jackson and more. Enjoy the conversation…