Meet Keith White, AKA “k-dub, keeperodafunk.” He has a great story about how he got his start on bass – an instrument he’s now played for over four decades.
Keith is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story…
Keith White, also known internationally as “k-dub, keeperodafunk,” has played bass and guitar for 46 years. He studied music at Georgia State University and has played in Atlanta and the southeast for decades, both as a leader and as a sideman covering musical genres from gospel to avant-garde. The past few years have found him studying with some of the worlds greatest bassist and musicians, including Victor Wooten, Steve Bailey, Jimmy Haslip, Mike Pope, Gary Willis, Gerald Veasley and Gregg Bissonnette.
Atlanta, GA, USA
Sales, web maintenance, occasional bass tech, general comradery,and teller of bass camp stories at the Atlanta Bass Gallery. I also teach bass, guitar and music theory in the greater Atlanta area. Occasional IT work.
Bands & Gigs:
Currently, I am not in a band but I do freelance with anyone who has the right amount of cash.
- ’66 Fender Jazz
- ’72 Fender Jazz
- Ernie Ball MM 4 String Sterling Fretless
- Roscoe SKB 6 string fretless with on board Graph Tech midi controller
- Sam Shen SB150 hybrid
Amps & Gear:
- Hartke Kickback 12
- Eden WT-800
- Ancient Hartke 4×10 (flew off of a car doing 90MPH and it still works
- GK MB800
- GK Neo 112 II
- Yamaha G50 midi controller
- Yamana MU100R tone generator w/foot controller
- Lexicon MPX G2 w/foot controller
- Boss DD-3 delay pedal
- Boss RV-5 digital reverb
- Digitech Whammy II
- Zoom 504
- Morley volume pedal
- Morley Dual Bass Wah
- Digitech Jamman Looper
That about covers it. Yeah, I like effects. They inspire me. Especially when they work!
Why I play the bass:
I was already playing guitar and I heard the neighborhood band needed bass player. When I asked my mother to buy me a bass II remember her saying, “Are you sure? The bass just does the same ‘doot, doot, doot, doot’ over and over again. ” Little did she know…
My bass superpower/claim to fame
I listen really fast. I have been in many situations where no key was called and I was on it by the second measure or before.
I’ll make this list short because there are so many: Jamerson, Dusty Hill, Berry Oakley, Chris Squire, Greg Lake, Percy Jones, Bunny Brunel, Stanley Clarke, Ralphe Armstrong, Alphonso Johnson, John Pattitucci, Mike Pope, Victor Wooten, Steve Bailey and some cat named Jaco Pastorius.