P A U L M I L L E R , N E W L Y
My bass style is fast and aggressive. I play mostly with a pick
to give the bass a brighter edge. Most Neonfly songs are played
with a pick except for a few songs that I feel need something a
little softer. I play a five-string bass, because it adds a fatness
to the music. There’s nothing like hitting the low В and feeling
the ground beneath you shake. The secret of playing bass well
is making the metronome your best friend. It's probably been
said an infinite amount of times, but it’s true. My first bass was
a JHS Encore bass, which I bought for £50 with an amp. at the
age of 11. I've still got it. My favourite bass ever to date is my
Warwick Corvette $$ NT made of bubinga wood. It’s so freaking
awesome. My bass heroes are Cliff Burton. Steve Harris, Geddy
Lee, Chris Wolstenholme and John Myung. The greatest bass
player that ever lived was Cliff Burton. He was the very reason I
ever picked up the bass. If I could get the bass tone of any album
ever released, I would choose
by Iron Maiden. It
just stands out and sounds epic. If you’re going to play bass, don’t
be the guy at the back of the stage looking bored and not being
seen. Put on a show and entertain your audience.
K I E R A N C O O K S L E Y . DANGER ROAD
My first bass was a Squier P-Bass, picked it up for £100 at the music
shop. Bargain. My bass heroes? It’s got to be either Nikki Sixx or
Duff McKagan. Nikki gets his fair share of criticism, but I love him
as more than a bassist. I love him as a performer, a songwriter,
even as a businessman. And Duff. well, have you heard the bass on
Pure rock, that is. Slapping the bass isn’t
ace. Personally. I just prefer to hold down the bottom line as the
foundation of the band. I’d rather listen to Guns N’ Roses or Poison
over a five-minute slap bass solo. Don’t take it the wrong way. I still
think it’s an incredibly impressive skill to have, and I highly respect
those who can slap. The greatest bass player of all time is Steve
Harris. The fact that he can gallop with two fingers is nothing short
of impressive. His stamina on bass is just amazing, while his lines
complement Maiden’s songs absolutely perfectly. And he’s 58. He’s
been rocking in Iron Maiden for 40 years, that’s just awesome. If
you want to be a Les Clay pool, be a Les Clay pool. If you want to be a
Nikki Sixx. be a Nikki Sixx. Don’t change your musical style because
others want you to. Play what you want to play how you want.
Fingers or pick, who cares as long as you do what you love.
B IL L Y
H A M I L T O N , S I L V E R S !!
I would describe my bass style as less is more. I only play four-string basses. Basses
should have four strings and guitars should have six - I guess I’m traditional that way. I
only slappadabass when playing air bass - it’s easier that way. The secret of playing bass
well is finding a balance between the rhythm of the drums and the notes of the guitar.
Some of my favourite bass-lines only play the most important rhythmic notes of the riff
FINDING A BALANCE
DRUMS AND THE
and act as the glue that holds the song together. My first bass was a beat-up P-Bass copy
that I spray painted and covered in stickers. I have two basses that I can’t live without:
a Sunburst 1972 Fender P-Bass and an Olympic White 1977 Rickenbacker 4001. My
bass heroes are Nate Mendel from Foo Fighters and Jason Black from Hot Water Music.
Silverstein are looking forward to celebrating our 15-year anniversary in 2015!
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