Groove – Episode #47: Janek Gwizdala

Janek Gwizdala

When I started preparing for my conversation with Janek Gwizdala, it became abundantly clear why he is such a popular bass player, teacher, and YouTuber. I found myself completely immersed in a fifteen minute long YouTube video about why he has his action so high on the bass. And, yes, it really was captivating.

Janek started playing music at eleven years old, with classical guitar lessons. He moved to the drums before discovering the bass (and when he did make the discovery, he was all in). Through a series of interesting gigs and meeting other fellow musicians, he moved from the UK to Los Angeles and then on to study at Berklee in Boston. After three semesters at Berklee, Janek moved to New York City, where he landed several high-profile gigs, the next eight years would include tours, record dates, production, musical direction, and performances with Jive Jones, Jem, Wayne Krantz, Mike Stern, Randy Brecker, Paul Shafer, Pat Metheny, Marcus Miller and many more.

He loves creating vlogs for YouTube and helping bass players get better. Enjoy the conversation…

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  1. 15:30 I think MySpace was the first platform that made it easy for artists to simply publish a few streaming mp3s for fans, on a promotional home page. That used to be kind of a challenging technical thing to do, and it was a brilliant idea to be the first mover in making it simple.