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Kevin JohnsonNo Treble managing editor Kevin Johnson got his start on bass in middle school playing double bass in the orchestra, eventually picking up an electric bass in high school to form a metal band with his best friend. Kevin was introduced to Jazz in college at Shenandoah University, where he graduated with a major in Music Production and Recording Technology.

Since then, he has been a freelance bassist throughout Virginia and has had the pleasure of playing workshops with artists such as clarinetist Eddie Daniels and drummer Ignacio Berroa. He also plays bass for the Ambrose Band.

Though his performances revolve around jazz, Kevin appreciates all genres of music, from R&B to metal and everything in between. A trip to Mali sparked his interest in world music, especially African artists including Toumani Diabate, the Four Brothers, and bassist Bakithi Kumalo.

Kevin is a true bass enthusiast and activist. In addition to writing for No Treble, he is a board member for the Bass Coalition, which seeks to foster community and education through promoting local bass events including workshops, performances, and other events.

Kevin is always happy to hear from No Treble readers. Feel free to contact him with news, events, or just to say hi!

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  • Eastwood Guitars Aims to Revive 1968 Saturn IV Bass

    Eastwood Guitars Aims to Revive 1968 Saturn IV Bass

    Eastwood Guitars is bringing back another blast from the past with their own version of the Saturn IV Bass. The hollowbody model was originally introduced by Vox in 1968 and was only in production for one year, making it a rare instrument to come across. The bass will be constructed with a bound laminated maple... »

  • Fodera Unveils Lacewood Emperor 5 Deluxe Select

    Fodera Unveils Lacewood Emperor 5 Deluxe Select

    Fodera has announced the latest in their Select Series of instruments with the Lacewood Emperor 5 Deluxe Select. Similar to their Standard Series, the Select Series instruments are built in small batches of custom shop instruments with limited options to reduce on wait time and cost. As its name implies, the Lacewood Emperor 5 Deluxe... »

  • Seven-String Metal: An Interview with Danny Hauser

    Seven-String Metal: An Interview with Danny Hauser

    As the bass guitar has evolved, players have become more and more adept at making technically difficult passages sound musical. That goes especially for proponents of extended range basses, and Veil of Maya’s Danny Hauser is one of those players. Hailing from Northern Virginia, Hauser lays down the low (and high) end on a seven-string... »

  • Rotosound Launches New Instrument Care Products

    Rotosound Launches New Instrument Care Products

    Rotosound has expanded their lineup of guitar and bass care products with a new guitar polish, a string lube, and a lemon oil. Each product can be used on both guitar and bass. The guitar polish is formulated to clean instruments of fingerprints, streaking, dust and grime. Rotosound says the polish continues to work after... »

  • Gizmotron Revived with Version 2.0

    Gizmotron Revived with Version 2.0

    A piece of the ’70s is being revived with the Gizmotron 2.0. Originally designed in 1973, the Gizmotron is an electro-mechanic device that attaches near the bridge of your bass or guitar and creates a sustained, bowed sound similar to a cello. It contains spinning wheels for each string that are engaged by pressing keys.... »

  • Source Audio Introduces Lunar Phaser, Gemini Chorus, and Mercury Flanger Pedals

    Source Audio Introduces Lunar Phaser, Gemini Chorus, and Mercury Flanger Pedals

    After teasing them earlier this year, Source Audio has officially released the Gemini Chorus, Lunar Phaser, and Mercury Flanger. The pedals, which are part of the One Series, are designed to have a streamlined surface with three effect flavors, but can be tweaked down to the nitty gritty using the Source Audio Neuro Mobile App.... »

  • BassTheWorld: 29 Bassists in 1 Video

    BassTheWorld: 29 Bassists in 1 Video

    The internet is a wonderful thing. Gregor Fris from BasstheWorld.com put together this epic bass jam with 29 bassists from all over the world for a stunning display of the instrument’s diversity. The bassists in order of appearance are Federico Malaman, Lars Lehmann, Trip Wamsley, Or Lubianiker, Hyunmo Kim (aka “hjfreaks”), Ralf Gauck, Zander Zon,... »

  • Bass of the Week: Matteo Marziali “The Bad” Bass

    Bass of the Week: Matteo Marziali “The Bad” Bass

    This week we’re checking out an awesome instrument built by Italian amateur bass builder Matteo Marziali, who started building basses after being inspired by the work of Carl Thompson. His latest creation, which he dubbed “The Bad” bass, brings has a dark theme that draws on the work of several of his favorite luthiers. “I... »

  • Kiesel/Carvin Guitars Updates Icon Series Basses

    Kiesel/Carvin Guitars Updates Icon Series Basses

    Kiesel Guitars, formerly Carvin Guitars, is celebrating the 10th anniversary of their Icon series of basses with an upgraded version of the instruments. Available in four-, five-, and six-string models, the Icon 2.0 bass now features a deeper body cutaway for improved comfort, a three-piece headstock design, and an option for a chambered body. The... »

  • Darkglass Electronics Introduces Super Symmetry Compressor Pedal

    Darkglass Electronics Introduces Super Symmetry Compressor Pedal

    Darkglass Electronics has expanded their pedal lineup with the Super Symmetry, a compressor they describe as state of the art with a classic feel. “It sounds modern in the way that it doesn’t color your tone while compressing, but the way it reacts to your playing is simply natural and seamless,” they write. Designed and... »