2020 Reader Favorite Bassists – #1: Juliaplaysgroove
We made it to #1. This one may surprise you, but I think there’s a very cool story here.
When I was planning No Treble’s debut 12 years ago, one of the primary goals for the magazine was to feature readers, and specifically, people you may not have heard of yet. We started out that way and grew that focus over the years. It’s deep in our DNA now.
When I was growing up, only the “famous” bassists got the ink. But the web has leveled the playing field for all of us.
The Reader Spotlight, daily videos, new albums, Old School, and even our interviews focus on people who wouldn’t have gotten that ink in past years. We’ve had many readers become contributors as well.
Nineteen-year-old Juliaplaysgroove made a name for herself via Youtube and her videos showcasing her technique, tone, and feel. Hundreds of thousands of people (at least) enjoy her videos, which also got attention from people like Stuart Zender, Thundercat, and Joe Dart.
But we didn’t know her story. So when Tim Fletcher decided to interview her, I was thrilled.
As it turns out, that interview was the second most popular feature in all of 2020. So many people want to know Juliaplaysgroove’s story, and I believe we were the first to publish an interview with her. Juliaplaysgroove is clearly an inspiration to younger bassists coming up, and impressive to the veterans.
So that’s a wrap, and what a way to end. Nothing makes me happier to see the spotlight pointing to the talented people around the world and to see that resonate with No Treble’s readers.