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  • John Ferrara: Song For Ramida

    John Ferrara: Song For Ramida

    John Ferrara has been wowing us with his killer bass playing in his trio Consider the Source, but now he’s stepping out with a new solo project. The first piece available is “Song for Ramida,” named for his god daughter. “It’s my first solo venture outside of Consider the Source,” he explains. “My main interest... »

  • Consider The Source: Many Words of Disapproval

    Consider The Source: Many Words of Disapproval

    Consider the Source have just released a dramatic new music video for their song “Many Words of Disapproval,” and it’s killer. The song features a rolling, tapped bass line from John Ferrara in 5/8. The song comes from their album, World War Trio, Part II + III. »

  • Consider the Source: Reckoner

    Consider the Source: Reckoner

    Besides rocking out their own brand of sci-fi/Middle Eastern/fusion music, Consider the Source has been performing some incredible sets of Radiohead songs. Here’s a great clip of the trio tackling “Reckoner” from In Rainbows. Bassist John Ferrara lays down a lot of the ground work with arpeggiated chords on his five-string plus a heavy bass... »

  • Consider The Source Release Free Album, Announce Spring Tour

    Consider The Source Release Free Album, Announce Spring Tour

    Sci-Fi Middle Eastern Fusion band Consider the Source is celebrating their 10th anniversary in style this year. The band, who have just returned from a two-week trek of India, are releasing a free compilation album spanning their career. Past is Prologue: 2005-2015 includes tracks from each of their studio albums as well as a bonus... »

  • Consider the Source: God Only Knows

    Consider the Source: God Only Knows

    This is the Beach Boys like you’ve never heard them. Sci-Fi Middle Eastern Fusion band Consider the Source sat down with videographer Jody Miller to document their quirky yet infectious rendition of “God Only Knows.” Bassist John Ferrara handles bass and melody with two-handed tapping while double-neck guitarist Gabriel Marin and drummer Jeff Mann perfectly... »

  • Double Album Completes Consider the Source’s “World War Trio”

    Double Album Completes Consider the Source’s “World War Trio”

    It’s not often you encounter sci-fi Middle Eastern fusion music, but when you do, it’s probably being played by Consider the Source. The band has released parts two and three of its crowdfunded World War Trio as a double album that clocks in at more than two hours long. (Part One of the trio was... »

  • John Ferrara: Two-Handed Tapping Lesson and Playalong

    John Ferrara: Two-Handed Tapping Lesson and Playalong

    We recently got to interview Consider the Source’s John Ferrara, who gave us the scoop on the band’s latest album, World War Trio, Pt. 1. It’s made up of a six-part epic song called “Put Another Rock in That Bag” that the bassist kicks off with some blazing two-handed tapping. Ferrara shares some insight on... »

  • Consider the Source: An Interview with John Ferrara

    Consider the Source: An Interview with John Ferrara

    As we become more connected, a deeper mixing of culture and ideas is creating some innovative music. One example is Consider the Source, and a style they call “Sci-Fi Middle Eastern Fusion”. Check out our interview with bassist John Ferrara, who talks about that and more »