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More Beauty and Desolation: An Interview with Steve Lawson, Part 2
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More Beauty and Desolation: An Interview with Steve Lawson, Part 2

In our last interview with solo bass whiz Steve Lawson, he gave us the scoop on his latest album, Beauty and Desolation. The gorgeous seven-song collection continues the bassist’s constant sonic exploration and artistic growth. Our chat included his ideas on the album’s concept, his improvisational style, and how he uses symbolism in music. In part two of the conversation,...

Beauty and Desolation: An Interview with Steve Lawson
Interviews

Beauty and Desolation: An Interview with Steve Lawson

Steve Lawson’s new album, Beauty and Desolation, could not have a better title. The completely improvised album teeters between delicate melodies and ominous soundscapes that seem to be a perfect picture of our times. He takes us on this sonic journey with just his bass – and a boatload of gear. Improvisation and being in the moment are key to...

Steve Lawson’s “Beauty and Desolation” Now Available
New Albums

Steve Lawson’s “Beauty and Desolation” Now Available

After releasing it to his Bandcamp subscribers last month, Steve Lawson has made his new album Beauty and Desolation available to the public. The improvised work is themed around beautiful things that are going to destroy us, says Lawson, and that brought out his melodic touch. “The hip-hop influence that’s been [in my music] for the last few years is...

Steve Lawson: Transcendence And Decay
Bass Videos

Steve Lawson: Transcendence And Decay

Steve Lawson has a new album coming soon (available now for his subscribers!) called Beauty and Desolation, and it’s gorgeous. Lawson, who is a master of soundscapes, improvised the entire seven-song collection with his bass and an MPC-style MIDI controller called the Quneo for beats and piano parts. “Improvising allows me to play music that I’d never be able to...

Steve Lawson: The Legacy (Fretless Funk)
Bass Videos

Steve Lawson: The Legacy (Fretless Funk)

My good friend Steve Lawson shared this video a couple of days ago, which is the first to feature his new Signature Elrick Gold Series SLC 6-string fretless bass. “Something a little funky for you – the full video introducing my beautiful new Elrick Bass Guitars, Ltd. Fretless – this also makes pretty extensive use of the MOD Devices MOD...

Elrick Bass Guitars Unveils Steve Lawson Custom Fretless Bass
Basses

Elrick Bass Guitars Unveils Steve Lawson Custom Fretless Bass

Steve Lawson and Elrick Bass Guitars have teamed up again to introduce the Gold Standard Steve Lawson Custom Fretless, Bolt-on neck bass guitar. Featuring a 33-inch scale, the bass has a semi-hollow body with a “heel-less” design. A thru-body string option allows for using standard scale strings. “A Macassar ebony fretless fingerboard and custom Aero single coil pickups (featuring matching...

Steve Lawson and Andy Edwards: Over Time
Bass Videos

Steve Lawson and Andy Edwards: Over Time

Bassists and drummers always share a special bond, but Steve Lawson and Andy Edwards have an incredible musical camaraderie. The duo recently performed an entirely improvised set at Tower of Song in Birmingham and it’s astounding. Here’s an extended clip of “Over Time”, which will be available to Lawson’s Bandcamp subscribers. “Everything here is live – I’m playing bass and...

Steve Lawson: Vertigo
Bass Videos

Steve Lawson: Vertigo

Steve Lawson’s recent album Referendum is filled with powerful music inspired by the political events in the UK last year. Each song is a stream of consciousness as the bassist reflects on Brexit, starting with the track “Vertigo.” “This is entirely live and improvised,” Lawson wrote. “Looped and layered exactly as you see it. Some pretty heavy Kaoss Pad abuse...

Elrick Bass Guitars Unveils Steve Lawson Signature Model
Basses

Elrick Bass Guitars Unveils Steve Lawson Signature Model

Steve Lawson has teamed up with Elrick Bass Guitars to release a signature model. The Gold Standard Steve Lawson Custom Bolt-on Neck Bass Guitar is a semi-hollow body that features the company’s “heel-less” body design. The bass is built with a maple body topped with marbled walnut. Its quarter-sawn maple neck sports a 33-inch scale and is bolted to the...

Steve Lawson: Five Stages
Bass Videos

Steve Lawson: Five Stages

As in most of the world, politics in the UK have taken some strange twists and turns this year and it deeply affected bassist Steve Lawson. Today we’re sharing a first look at his upcoming album, The Surrender of Time that expresses his feelings on the situation. “The next chapter in my instrumental exploration of what’s going on in the...