Interviews

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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Nik West

If you like your bass-playing funky and colourful, you will already be aware of Nik West. Mike Brooks meets her for a frank chat about life in bass world Pics: Theormatic Fronting her own projects, collaborating with the likes of

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Robert Trujillo: Bass Destruction

On the day Metallica unleash their long-awaited tenth album, bassist Robert Trujillo tells Amit Sharma about his journey into one of the biggest bands of all time Robert Trujillo is sitting by the window in his penthouse suite of Kensington’s

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Mike Mills, R.E.M.

For many years one of the biggest rock bands on the planet, the much-loved R.E.M. called it a day in 2011. What’s bassist Mike Mills been up to since then? Bill Kopp finds out I grew up just outside of

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