Interviews

Minnesota Kicks: Andre Cymone

Back with a new album, 1969, former Prince sidekick Andre Cymone tells Simon Price about the bassists who shaped him, a youth spent stealing and smashing instruments, going guitar-shopping with the Purple One, and his essential kit. Look at any

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Power Play: Rocco Prestia

Soul legends Tower Of Power just played the UK. Legendary bassist Francis ‘Rocco’ Prestia, the owner of the funkiest string-plucking hand on the planet, gives Joel McIver fair warning Tower Of Power are one of the coolest bands ever formed,

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Cha-Cha-Chat: Klaus Flouride

Joe Shooman meets Klaus Flouride of the legendary Dead Kennedys You’re on tour in Brazil. Your bass is too. You get to the gig. The bass doesn’t… A nightmare scenario – and one that befell Dead Kennedys bassist Klaus Flouride

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Mike Shuman, Queens Of The Stone Age

Back with a new album, Villains, Queens Of The Stone Age are about to restake their claim as Coolest Rock Band Ever. Bassist Mike Shuman talks tactics with Joel McIver California’s Queens Of The Stone Age, now a recording and

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PVRIS: Life of Brian

Brian MacDonald’s band PVRIS – pronounced Paris – are the top of the pops among the rock-loving youth, and with their eagerly-awaited second album on its way, they’re set to rise a long way in a short time. Interview: Joel

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Sergio Vega: Til Def Us Do Part

What’s the darkest tuning of them all? Let’s ask bassist Sergio Vega of Deftones, a band that utilises every flavour, from metal to reggae and beyond – and after almost three decades in business, still defies categorisation Interview: Joel McIver

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Nikolai Fraiture: Different Strokes

Strokes bassist Nikolai Fraiture returns with a new band, Summer Moon. Julian Marszalek gets his skinny tie on Nikolai Fraiture, bassist with New York rock’n’roll aristocrats the Strokes, is explaining his relationship with his instrument. For him, bass is a

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Herbie Flowers: Flower Power

The legendary session bassist Herbie Flowers talks about his unique career with Silvia Bluejay Words/Pics: Silvia Bluejay  If you’ve ever listened to a hit record from the 1960s or 70s you’ve probably heard one of Herbie Flowers’ iconic bass-lines. In his

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Dug Pinnick: Dug Deep

“Stop struggling and just do it!” The mighty Dug Pinnick of King’s X returns for a new album with the KXM project. Alison Richter caught up with the bassist/vocalist for a heartfelt chat… Take three musicians from three bands, put

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Bakithi Kumalo: Grace Note

Paul Simon’s bassist Bakithi Kumalo has been blowing our minds for decades with his unique playing. Mike Brooks meets the great man Words: Mike Brooks  Images: Courtesy of Aguilar Wind the clock back 30 years and for all the standout albums

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