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Reader Spotlight: Russ Webster

Russ Webster

Meet Russ Webster, who was first drawn to the low end when he was around 12 years old, thanks to bands like AC/DC, Kiss, and Rush. Today, Russ plays in a successful band in the midwest.

Russ is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story…

Bio:

My name is Russ Webster and I’m from Indianapolis, Indiana. I am 26 years old and I have been playing bass for 13 years. I am a civil engineer by day and by night I play rock music in divey bars and clubs. So there’s a sort of double life going on. I am the bass player and occasional singer for the band Bomb Cats. I also recently became an endorser of Vintage Guitars.

Location:

Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Day gig:

Civil Engineer – very exciting stuff

Years experience:

13 years

Bands & Gigs:

Bomb Cats formed in 2014 through a series of half-witted Craigslist ads. But we hit the jackpot because we have become a gang of weekend warriors who have spread our punk-influenced brand of rock music all around the midwest, with no sign of stopping. We’re playing every show we can, wherever we can; and always writing new music. Two EP’s have been recorded and the songwriting backlog is real – we’re climbing the ladder of rock music. Bomb Cats are proud to endorse Vintage Guitars.

Gear:

  • Vintage Icon VJ74MB bass
  • Hartke Bass Attack Pedal and DI
  • Electro Harmonix Steel Leather Expander Pedal
  • Carvin MB 15 Bass Amplifier

Why I play the bass:

I discovered rock music when I was 12 or 13. AC/DC, Kiss, Rush – all the classic rock artists really spoke to me. What I loved most was the aggressive low end sound. When I learned that the bass player was controlling that aspect of the sound, I begged my parents to buy me a bass, and I’ve been hooked ever since.

My bass superpower/claim to fame:

I think I can play within many styles and I’m good picking things up on the fly. I also can sing high harmonies while playing those funky bass lines.

My influences:

Geddy Lee, Gene Simmons, Geezer Butler, Rick Rosas, Rob Pope, Dee Dee Ramone, and Steve Harris.

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