Interview: Fred Sablan, Marilyn Manson

It’s a fight to the finish. Every note is played like it’s my last, and I mean every one of them. I’m completely focused on the drummer and the beat. I do not play five-string basses. I don’t think they’re

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Interview: Massimo Pupillo, Zu

I detune the low string to low B because I’m really fond of low-end rumbles. I try to be physical and instinctual when playing. For me, I try not to think too much about the process: instead, I become immersed

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Interview: John Mathews, London Afrobeat Collective

You’d be forgiven for thinking the bassist in a 10-piece Afrobeat band might be restricted. [Late Afrobeat pioneer] Fela Kuti dictated lines for his bassists to repeat verbatim. Fela wrote incredible bass-lines. You’ve gotta believe in a line to insist

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Interview: Jett Heysen-Hicks, Tracer

I’m always striving to express in one note as much as others express in three. I only play four string but I play tuned to Bb, Eb, Ab, Db. I made the switch to this tuning four years ago. I

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Interview: John Linnell, They Might Be Giants

Pic: Shervin Lainez When we started out, the bass was all done on synth, so I was effectively the bass player for that reason. There’s a song of ours called ‘The Guitar’ and there’s a moment where John [Flansburgh, other

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Interview: 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

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Interview: Sem Christoffel, Vandenberg’s MoonKings

Pic: Sharon Duursma I would describe my bass style as raunchy, quick and to the pointless. I like four-string basses most, because they’ve got that classic vibe and sound of how the electric bass was originally invented. In my opinion,

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Interview: Dustin Davidson, August Burns Red

I would describe my bass style as all over the place. Stylistically I pull influences from all different types of music and I try to bring something else to the table when I write my bass parts: something that the

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Interview: Lou Taylor, The Incredible Magpie Band

I’ve worked out how to play my bass riffs with a kind of strumming action which creates more energy and feels better when we play. Sometime bass players have one hand planted to the body of their guitar and can

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Interview: Wylie Gelber, Dawes

Pic: Dan Martensen Never, ever, ever forget that your job with your drummer is to maintain your feel 100% of the time. Get complicated when you have to, but don’t be afraid to keep it perfectly simple. The instrument is

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