Reader Spotlight: Arnaud Court
Meet Arnaud Court, a bassist from France who got his start thanks to the inspiration of Steve Harris and Cliff Burton. He later expanded his list to Marcus Miller, Jaco Pastorius, James Jamerson, and many others.
Arnaud is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story…
I started playing bass when I was 14 years old, wanting to imitate my idols Steve Harris and Cliff Burton by playing in Metallica cover bands with high school friends. Later I became interested in bass players like Marcus Miller, Jaco Pastorius, James Jamerson, and Francis Rocco Prestia. I went to study at the Music Academy International of Nancy (France), and I studied courses with professionals from the French and international scene for one year.
I played and recorded an album with a French guitarist Pascal Vigné, and accompanied the French electro-pop group Diva Faune. I play in various tribute groups of different styles and we opened for Cuban artist Raul Paz. I recently made a Youtube channel where I publish covers and other videos.
Why I play the bass:
Steve Harris from Iron Maiden!
- Musicman Stingray
- Jazz Bass 60 Noguera (French luthier Christian Noguera)
- F Bass BN5
- Rickenbacker 4003
- Aguilar tone hammer 500
- CHILLBASS 100s (a French full tube amp head 100 watts based on the hiwatt dr103)
- Aguilar TLC compressor
- Aguilar Agro
- EBS envelop filter
- MXR octaver
I love all styles of music, but I particularly like Jaco Pastorius, Marcus Miller, Joe Dart, Pino Paladino, James Jamerson, Chris Squire, Herbie Flowers, Louis Johnson, Geddy Lee, Richard Bona, Larry Graham, Paul McCartney, Bobby Vega, Bernard Edwards, Paul Jackson, Paul Turner, Nathaniel Phillips, and many more…
My bass superpower/claim to fame:
It’s difficult to say, but I’m proud of my memory, which is very important in music for me. Some people that I have a nice sound.
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