Meet Dave Siff, a bassist and dad who takes playing bass and gigging seriously while also having a lot of fun. And he gets the role of bassist.
Dave is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight (you could be next!) Here’s his story…
I’m pretty much your run-of-the-mill suburban dad who refuses to grow up. Music is my creative outlet and bass guitar is my vehicle. I try to “be the bass player” at all times, whether I’m at home, at work, or playing with the band: be supportive, keep things moving, try not to mess up!
Avondale Estates, GA
TV news producer
Bands & Gigs:
I play in a band called Space Giants, mostly originals with a few covers. We gig around Atlanta. I joke that we’re “four guys in their late 40s/early 50s taking one last stab at local semi-notoriety,” but really, we’re just trying to write some good songs, have fun and give the people who come see us play a good time.
I have three Roscoe Century Standard 5-strings – a headless with an awesome cocobolo top which was a 50th birthday present to myself and which No Treble featured as Bass of the Week in May of this year; a mahogany fretted 5-string with Nordstrand J/J pickups; and a lined fretless 5 with an ash body and a Bartolini MM pickup. Last but not least, a killer Fender Am. Std. Precision 5-string with a Nordstrand pickup and Ernie Ball flatwounds.
Rig-wise: Carvin BX-1500 head and a Schroeder 21012 cabinet, plus a TC Electronic BG500 1×15 combo.
Why I play the bass:
I’ve always been drawn to music that has a strong bass component, but when I heard Rush for the first time, that was it. Geddy Lee’s tone on Moving Pictures, specifically the song “Red Barchetta”, set me on the path.
My bass superpower/claim to fame:
I never cancel band practice! I also make sure to leave it all on the stage when we play. I tend to thrash around with a lot of energy up there and drive the band as hard as I can.
Geddy Lee, Karl Alvarez, Mike Watt, Mike Dirnt, Bob Thomson, James Jamerson