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An Interview with Gerald Veasley

An Interview with Gerald Veasley

Attend just one of Gerald Veasley‘s Bass Bootcamps, and you’ll likely call yourself a Bootcamper for life. BBC, as the attendees call it, just celebrated its tenth anniversary this year, with Veasley maintaining a very active role. In addition to an impressive line-up of clinicians, bassists Victor Wooten and Stanley Clarke stopped by to check things out and share with...

Interview With Ryan Madora: Thoughts on Playing without a Drummer

Interview With Ryan Madora: Thoughts on Playing without a Drummer

Last week, while enjoying a video from a television show featuring the duo of Ryan Madora on bass and Don Evans on guitar (see below), it reminded me of other playing situations where drummers were not present. This seemed like a perfect opportunity to hear first hand from Ryan on how playing without a drummer has impacted her experience as...

An Interview with Bryan Beller

An Interview with Bryan Beller

Bryan Beller is a difficult bassist to classify. A quick check of the list of projects finds him spanning all sorts of genres, all sorts of gigs, and a healthy travel itinerary. Perhaps best known now for his work on Adult Swim’s Metalocalypse show as the bassist for Dethklok, Bryan has a strong foot in rock, jazz (or as Bryan...

An Interview with Victor Wooten

An Interview with Victor Wooten

Fifteen years ago, Victor Wooten released a solo electric bass album that inspired countless bassists to push themselves to new limits. Today, you’d be hard pressed to find a “best of” or “reader’s choice” list of top bassists without him. Victor is a busy bassist, teacher, and more recently, record label owner. We caught up with him during one of...

An Exclusive Interview with Stu Hamm

An Exclusive Interview with Stu Hamm

Stu Hamm is a name synonymous with instrumental rock bass, but what you may not know is that the bassist himself has a very rich musical background, with interests spanning just about every genre and time period. Hamm recently unveiled proof of his diversity as well as his playing and compositional talents on his sixth solo album, Just Outside of...

An Interview with Doug Johns

An Interview with Doug Johns

Doug Johns’ virtuosity on bass and compositional prowess plants him firmly as one of the top funk players in a genre with a reputation for precise attack and ultra “in the pocket” approach. Johns’ playing and compositions span multiple styles, making him a sought after musician. The bassist has performed alongside artists as diverse as Victor Wooten, Chuck Rainey, Buddy...

An Interview with Percy Jones

An Interview with Percy Jones

Percy Jones is one of the definitive figures who carved out a role for the fretless bass and helped establish its place on the contemporary music scene. Best known for his work with jazz-fusion band Brand X, Percy collaborated with likes of Phil Collins and Robin Lumley. Brand X’s early 70’s debut Unorthodox Behaviour established the band as one of...

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An Interview with Thomas Risell, the Man Behind MarloweDK

An Interview with Thomas Risell, the Man Behind MarloweDK

If you’re a bassist who spends any time on Youtube, there’s no doubt you’ve run into at least one video by MarloweDK. After watching all his great playalongs and lessons for over a year, we decided it was time to find out more about the man himself, Thomas Risell. Here’s our interview… We know you attended the Copenhagen Music Conservatory....

An Interview with Etienne Mbappé

An Interview with Etienne Mbappé

Following our review of John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension’s To The One, we had the chance to ask bassist Etienne Mbappé a few questions about the album, working with Joe Zawinul, and about all the great bass that comes out of his native Cameroon. How did the “To The One” project come together? I met John McLaughlin in 2002...

An Interview with Miles Mosley

An Interview with Miles Mosley

We first discovered the music of Miles Mosley a year ago thanks to Youtube, with his performances of Voodoo Child and Shine. Since then, we’ve wanted to learn more about this unique bassist who is pushing the upright to new heights, who studied with legendary bassists John Clayton, Ray Brown, and Al McKibbon, and who has one of the best...

An Interview with Stanley Clarke

An Interview with Stanley Clarke

When bassists list people who constitute legends, there is one name that is continually mentioned: Stanley Clarke. There are very few bassists who have been as innovative, who have crossed styles and musical barriers, and who have changed the way we approach the bass in the way that Stanley has over his still-flourishing career. Was this an intentional guided evolution?...

David Pastorius: It’s Not What You Think

David Pastorius: It’s Not What You Think

When your last name is Pastorius and you play the bass, it only stands to reason that people will draw some immediate conclusions. In the case of David Pastorius, they’d probably be wrong. David, the nephew of the late, great bassist Jaco Pastorius, may share the same last name and instrument of choice as his uncle, but that’s where the...