Juan Alderete doesn’t remember me. Fair ball. The last time I saw him, he had long hair, tight jeans and was playing bass for a hard rock band called The Scream back in the early nineties. That band is most notable because frontman, John Corabi, later went on to replace Vince Neil in Motley Crue.
Back then, Juan was known as John and prior to The Scream, he was a founding member of the infamous shredder metal band, Racer X (which featured guitarist Paul Gilbert, drummer Scott Travis and singer Jeff Martin).
Over the years, Juan has made a professional career out of being a musical chameleon. Most people don’t even know about his metal roots, because of the decade-plus he spent as the bass player for The Mars Volta. He also has his own projects, (including Big Sir and Vato Negro) while still playing for rap band, Deltron 3030, and there are other gigs as well. He has such a huge passion for the sounds of the bass that he also launched his own media property, Pedals And Effects.
Welcome to episode #5 of Groove – The No Treble Podcast. Enjoy the conversation…