Groove – Episode #70: Wylie Gelber

Wylie Gelber

If you Google Wylie Gelber, this is all you get: “Wylie Gelber (born May 13, 1988) is a professional bassist and bass maker from Los Angeles, California.” You can dig a little deeper, but the well doesn’t go much further down.

We know that he’s the bass player from Dawes. We know that he dropped out of high school to tour with Simon Dawes in a “post-punk” band (that band eventually became Dawes). We know that he also operates Gelber & Sons, a Los Angeles company that makes basses and guitars. There are other smatterings, but the story – and you will have to listen to this episode to believe it – is about a million times more fascinating and surprising. (and one that Wylie has never told). Confession: I believe that the Dawes song, “All Your Favorite Bands,” from the 2015 album of the same name may well be one of my favorite songs of all time.

Wylie’s life is a story that could only come out of Los Angeles. His high school Principal recommended that he drop out (listen to find out why). He played famed rock clubs like The Roxy when he was still in his teens (listen to find out how). His father-in-law is one of the most famous rock bass players in the world (listen to find out who). He started making a bass just for fun (listen to find out why he’s regarded as one of the better luthiers out there).

Dawes is about to release their seventh studio album, it’s aptly titled Good Luck With Whatever.

Get ready for a rock ‘n roll wild ride. Enjoy the conversation…

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  1. Jon

    What bass is that?

  2. Wil 5 4 0

    Dangg, I just looked up the Gelber and Sons basses and they are pretty spiffy, I must say. I wonder if he does custom orders. I really want one.