Reader Spotlight: Russ Sargeant

Russ SargeantMeet 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

Day gig:

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.

Years experience:

29 years

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.

My influences

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.

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  1. Hi Russ,
    I'm glad you got featured! Very deserving indeed. Keep up the ante!

    All the bass,

  2. Hi Russ,
    I'm glad you got featured! Very deserving indeed. Keep up the ante!

    All the bass,