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The secret of playing bass well is to thoroughly love what you
do. Have confidence in how you do what you do and always
try to complement the drummer. You're only as good as the
drummer you're playing with. I do not play five- or six-string bass,
because having to restring them would bankrupt me. I do not
slap because I still haven't mastered it properly. Until I can slap
like Mark King, then I'll keep it in the woodshed. My favourite
bass ever to date is my Fender 1961 Jazz. Nothing has or will ever
sound this good. My bass heroes are the late Mike Porcaro from
Toto - he was such a classy player and never overplayed; I have
him to thank for learning to play the bass - and Geddy Lee for
being able to sing and play those parts.
.. wow! Paul Simonon from
the Clash made the bass look so cool. TwoSixOnes are currently
touring Europe and the UK promoting our new single, 'Big Time'.
We'll be playing festivals all through the summer.
www.twosixones.com
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WYLIE GELBER.
DAWES
Never, ever, ever forget that your job with your drummer is to
maintain your feel 100 per cent of the time. Get complicated when
you have to, but don't be afraid to keep it perfectly simple. The
instrument is made to accentuate rhythms and feel, and that can
all be done through just one note. My favourite bass ever to date
is the one I built with my father: a Gibson-style Ripper/EB-style
bass. When you make 'em right, it's like the sword in the stone. If
I could get the bass tone of any song ever released, I would choose
Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band's 'Express
Yourself'. When playing with other artists, I always try to serve
their songs and genre. But having said that, I really just do me and
that's what I do well. And I most enjoy playing for people who
understand that and enjoy what that brings to their songs.
www.dawestheband.com
KEVIN BUTLER.
THY ART IS MURDER
I use a pick for a hard, percussive attack and a lot of tremolo
picking. I play a five-string bass, to utilise the lower tunings we
play in and the extended range it offers. Tuning stability with
the extended range means I don't have to use telegraph wires for
strings. The bass tone relies on a consistent pick attack to gel with
the wall of high gain guitars. I was a guitar player originally so
there certainly has been a learning curve involved in the transition
the last few years. My first bass was a Warwick Corvette, and
when I first joined Thy Art I was playing a Warwick Streamer LX
as well as a Streamer Stage II through-neck. They're great basses
but the honk didn't really work out for our sound. My favourite
bass ever to date is my new Ibanez SR5005 Prestige. The neck is
absolutely insane and I would recommend it to anyone who has to
play fast material and match the guitar riffs on a bass. I wouldn't
be able to play some of the new material on a more cumbersome
neck. At the end of June we head over to the USA for the Rockstar
Energy Mayhem festival and then begin touring our new album
Holy War
. The first single is out in a few weeks.
www.facebook.com/thyaitismurder
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