Interviews

John Taylor: Groove Master

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Duran Duran bassist John Taylor reinvented the funk bass-line in the 1980s, and in the process became a pin-up for teenage pop fans’ bedroom walls. Three decades later, Dave Clarke talks to the great man about fame, fortune, Chic, Aria and his bestselling autobiography

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John Bentley: Still Cool

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Harry Paterson meets John Bentley of Squeeze.

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Tom Araya: Slay Ride

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Two years on from founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman’s untimely passing, the band that defined thrash metal are back with a new album. Slayer singer and bassist Tom Araya tells Amit Sharma about his incredible four-string journey…

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Steve Lawson: Even Steven

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Of the dozens of bass players who have appeared on the cover of this magazine since 2002, few can claim to have their own, truly individual voice. But that’s because Steve Lawson hasn’t been on there – until now

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Interview: Syan Barlow, Tribazik

“I really enjoy watching Les Claypool. So intricate but gnarly plus groovy to boot. A great example of how his sound and technique mirrors his whole surreal aesthetic”

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Studio Talk: Wolfgang Van Halen

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An occasional column in which an awesome bassist talks about his or her new album. This month: Wolfgang Van Halen of Tremonti and Van Halen

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High Standards: Jeff Berlin

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After four decades, jazz fusion legend Jeff Berlin is composing, playing and educating with as much passion as ever. Mike Flynn meets the great man and learns why jazz theory will make you a better bassist – and human being.

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Steve Hanley: Fall Guy

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Steve Hanley served many long years in the iconic post-punk, post-rock, post-everything band The Fall and has written about it in a new autobiography. Joel McIver meets him.

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Suzi Quatro: Natural Born Woman

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After 50 years in business, all-grown-up rock icon Suzi Quatro is still playing bass harder than any other three bassists put together. Joel McIver heads to Quatro HQ for the full low-down.

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Jean-Jacques Burnel: Burn Baby Burnel

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Jean-Jacques Burnel is that rare bassist – a player with his own tone, his own playing style and his own philosophy. Joel McIver visits Stranglers HQ and asks the big man the big questions.

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