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Reader Spotlight: Simon Poulton

Simon Poulton

Meet Simon Poulton, a bassist from London. Simon says he got a late start on the bass, but he’s made the most of his time on the instrument since then.

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

Bio:

I started seriously playing quite late, around 16 years old, I had my first gig a couple of months later and haven’t looked back. I toured for a number of years with a Prog/Metal band called First Signs Of Frost and when that folded, set about trying to further both my career in music, as well as my playing. Very happy with both so far! I’ve also had the pleasure of studying at Wooten Woods with Victor Wooten and other heavyweight musicians, an amazing experience!!

Location:

London, England

Day gig:

Global Media Manager at Focusrite/Novation

Years experience:

15 years

Bands & Gigs:

I’m very lucky to be gigging very regularly. I have a ‘Math’ rock band called Corybantic (Corybantic.bandcamp.com), and also play for a soul artist called JoCee, this is as well as the standard weddings and functions, etc.

Gear:

  • 1971 Fender Precision
  • Lakland 55-01
  • 1983 Squier JV Jazz
  • Markbass LM800 & LMII
  • Barefaced Super Compact & G2 Midget
  • Too many pedals to list

Why I play the bass:

A group of friends at age 14 decided that they wanted to form a band, the bass was the last instrument to be chosen….so I asked for a bass for Christmas, needless to say, the band never happened. It was a couple of years after that before I was inspired by a local bass player to take my learning seriously.

My bass superpower/claim to fame:

The ability to make very strange noises, with the help of a variety of effects pedals that you really wouldn’t think came from a bass guitar…..now I just have to find a gig for it haha

My influences:

Lincoln Anderson, the previously mentioned local player who inspired me, unfortunately, taken way too soon to cancer. Richard Bona, Jim Creeggan, Gabe Nelson, Pino, Sean Hurley, Justin Chancellor, Liam Wilson, Bobby Vega, Victor Wooten, Felix Pastorius.

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