Horace Panter is a creative everyman, holding down effortless ska bass-lines with the Specials and compiling a book of his artworks. Joel McIver meets him.
Documentary maker Paul Crutcher is on the hunt to find James Jamerson’s ‘Funk Machine’ Fender Precision. He tells Ben Cooper that he’s closing in on the prize.
In the studio, I try to get quite an aggressive tone by digging into the strings with a pick – gives it a nice bit of attack!
In my head, my tiny brain only really wants two strings: the E for bass lines and the A for soloing – that’s really all that’s required
I would describe my bass style as somewhere around John Entwistle and Geezer Butler, with lots of finger-picking and quite busy in places, but also using a pick when required
I would describe my bass style as fast and noisy. I do not play five- or six-string bass, because if I wanted any more than four I would play guitar
Byron Lutiers from the John Butler Trio discusses his bass basics