Derek Blakley: Haji’s Kitchen Medley Bass Playthrough

Our friend David Piggott shared this awesome clip of Haji’s Kitchen bassist Derek Blakley playing through a medley of his band’s tunes, and I’m glad he did. Blakley brings real tenacity to his bass lines.

The clip was put together to show the “flashiest” parts in the songs as a demo to play at the NAMM Show. “This medley is akin to an Olympic gymnastics routine, in that it’s tough to nail every element 10/10 every time,” he shared on Facebook. “I’d rather have just pulled the audio from one perfect take, but there weren’t any of those, so this is a “best of” pulling from the various audio tracks as well as video angles. So, no “punching in” per-se, and all of the transitions from part-to-part are honest. For the especially difficult bits, I’ve done my best to match the video take to the audio take in the final cut, but I’ve also chosen a lot of what I thought were the best angles, too. If you spot a place where what you’re seeing doesn’t exactly match what you’re hearing, you’ll just have to deal with the disappointment, as I can’t be arsed to open this premiere session back up!”

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  1. MikeyOnBass

    Incredibly AWESOME… quite the roller coaster ride and a rather fun one at that!

  2. MikeyOnBass

    Quite the roller coaster ride and a fun one at that.

  3. Terry

    That was nice , fine looking bass , that’s one thick bass string , cable like.
    I wanna 5 string really bad but shouldn’t get one till I can play the 4 string well enough.
    Does this impulsive , compulsive need to wanna buy bass related objects ever stop.
    I need this & that from them for all of us.

    • derekofbass

      If a 5 string speaks to you, just get one. No point in waiting around. :)
      The low “B” there is a .130 gauge, btw.