I use a classic fingerpicking style. I use two, occasionally three-
finger picking. In Maxdmyz we use a specific tuning and we tune to
low G, so five-string bass comes in handy. I don't slap, there's no call
for it right now. I used to be in bands where I did slap but.
.. use it
or lose it. However I'd like to, I guess I need to create my own space
to develop that skill. The secret of playing bass well? There are no
secrets! All the answers lie in our music libraries. We only need to
ask the right questions. My first bass was a Fender Jazz, made in
Japan. I still use it. I had it converted into fretless. My wife and my
friend had some creative input in how it looks and works, therefore
I'm quite attached to it. My bass heroes? Jaco, I can't lie. I guess he's
like the father figure one looks up to when young but then wants to
compete with and finally overcome. Also Flea, Robert Trujillo when
he played with Infectious Grooves, John Paul Jones, John Myung,
Eddie Gomez, John Patitucci, and last but not least my schoolfriend
Daniel D. of the OX metal band from Poland. The greatest bass
player that ever lived? There was not, is not or will never be anyone
like that. One person cannot embrace the whole and that's the way
it should be. There's a place for everyone to leave his or her stamp.
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I do not slap because I punch, kick, bite, spit and hate. My first
bass was a 70s Kay KB24 Precision copy, pretty unplayable
but usefully solid if your gig got invaded by skinheads in
the 80s. My favourite bass ever to date was a Rickenbacker
4001S. Unfortunately, it got stolen from the van outside a
police station in Prague. If anyone there comes across one with
a black bass with a black scratchplate, I'll buy them a Pilsner. My
bass heroes? Is there such a thing? I like the awkwardness of
Steve Hanley (The Fall), the wandering fluidity of Willie Dixon,
the sleaze of Tracey Pew (The Birthday Party), the swagger and
klang of Graham Lewis (Wire), the crazed downstroke action
of Ian Rilen (X), the completely un-bass style noise of Keith
Goldhanger (Headbutt) and the downright brute force of Eddie
Shaw (Monks). The greatest bass player that ever lived is Mike
Delanian, the original bassist of Gallon Drunk and his unique
bass set-up, 'E string A string and two spare randomly tuned A
strings just in case', glorious! We are releasing our debut 10”/CD
W dre Glad You've Got A Gun,
on Phono Erotic and playing a
couple of shows in London to launch it.
I would describe my bass style as the Punk Floyd sailing the seas of cheese. At the moment I'm
using my four-string with multiple tunings. I slap when necessary, and I use a plectrum
too. I don't discriminate. The secret of playing bass well is practice. I can't recommend that
highly enough, kids. A natural feel for the pulse helps too. My first bass was a P-Bass copy
that I'm sure was plywood, which made it very neck-heavy. You didn't dare let go! My
favourite bass ever to date is my 1979 Carl Thompson four-string, she's got all the moves. A
rare beast, being left handed. My bass heroes.
.. I'll give you a top five in no particular order.
Cliff Burton, Les Claypool, Michael McKeegan, Justin Chancellor and Gail Ann Dorsey.
But way back when, it was guys like Mark King, Sting and Peter Hook. The greatest bass
player that ever lived is quite subjective, really. Overall I'd have to say Les Claypool. There
are better bassists technically, but in this world none that are as much fun or as creative.
Hats off to the man. We've just released a double A-side single, 'Hypnotised' and 'Vanishing
Worlds'. We're on iTunes and Spotify. Hearing it on Planet Rock was weird but really cool.
The enormous George D'Angelis production blew me away. Writing new material too.
Keeping the flow.
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