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Reader Spotlight: Mike Voss

Meet bassist Mike Voss, a musician who has the right idea about bass, as far as we are concerned. That’s probably in large part to being raised by a bassist. That’s one cool family. Mike is our player in the spotlight for May 1, 2012. Check out his story and say hi.

Mike Voss


Bass is a force to be reckoned with. I approach my style of playing that bass does not always need to sidelined to only filling in the low end rhythm parts. It can also stand out and add so much more to music. It feels good to go out and dish out a bass in your face attitude when people don’t expect it these days.


Yakima, Washington

Day gig:

Owner – Awesome Grass Hydroseeding LLC

Years experience:

18+ years

Bands & Gigs:

UPAS Hard Rock / Metal Band from the Northwest. Been rocking the region for the last five years.


  • 1974 Rickenbacker 4001
  • Ibanez EDB-605
  • Ibanez EDC-705
  • Ibanez EDA-900
  • Ampeg SVT 8Pro
  • 2-Ampeg SVT 8x10HE cabs
  • Boss GT-10B
  • Line 6 G90
  • Korg Rack Tuner
  • Furman Power Conditioner
  • Moster Cables
  • Ernie Ball Strings

Why I play the bass:

My father played bass, so I had a ear for it early on. Only seemed natural to pick it up and play.

My bass superpower/claim to fame

With 16×10’s and 2500 watts of Ampeg power, I could save the world!

My influences

Cliff Burton, Getty Lee, Les Claypool, John Paul Jones, Evan Sheeley, Ray Riendeau, Billy Sheehan, Steve Harris, Larry Graham


UPAS One Last Toke, Live at El Corazon in Seattle

Bass Solo from The Cheyenne Saloon in Las Vegas:

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