Meet Russ Sargeant, our player in the spotlight for October 27th, 2009.
I’m a bass player living near Birmingham, England – playing a fusion of Jazz and Ambient music. I write and record in my home studio and I have recently taken an outing into the wonderful world of live-looping!
Dudley, West Midlands, United Kingdom
I work as Creative Manager producing printed literature and web design for a global charity Christ For All Nations – a mission organisation with a focus on Africa.
Bands & Gigs:
I play bass in a local band called The Cohen Brothers – mostly original material written by the keys player Julian and some obscure covers – a mix of Blues/Funk/Souls and Rock. We play mostly around Warwickshire, Hereford and Worcester areas and have recorded a CD album entitled ‘Moving On’. I’m also now working on my solo bass material and working towards some small festival gigs next year and a London gig in March with other Twitter-related artists in aid of MIND mental health charity.
- Ibanez SRX500 4-string fretted bass
- CJM 6-string fretless bass
- Stagg Electric Upright Bass
- Behringer Ultrabass bass amp head
- Maj Electronics 4×10 Cab (fane speakers)
- Dell laptop running Mobius real-time looping software
- Behringer FCB1010 Midi Foot Controller
- Korg Toneworks Bass Multi Effects
- M-Audio Fastrack Pro Audio/Midi Interface
Why I play the bass:
Oooh now… well, the person/band who first inspired me to pick up the bass was… Gene Simmons and KISS! I just loved the bottom end and the sound of the bass guitar in the mix – it was all I heard. So my Dad bought me a cheap Kay Precision copy from a thrift store and the rest is history, so they say…
My bass superpower/claim to fame
My Superpower? lol… Well I suppose I do have a very good ear for intervals and picking up tunes/chord progressions quickly. Oh, and some would say I have a certain skill for finding great sounding basses for cheapo $ on eBay!
My claim to fame? Erm… I have played bass on three albums featuring individual members of Celtic rock band, Iona.
Wow, very wide and deep:
- Arild Anderson
- Anders Jormin
- Jaco Pastorius
- Eberhard Weber
- Geddy Lee
- Tony Levin
- Stanley Clark
- Miroslav Vitous
…to name a few. I believe that having many diverse influences ultimately equals developing a richer style of your own.