Artists

Interview: Lorin Cohen, Vertikal

Pic: Ortal Mitzrahi The secret of playing bass well is knowing that the first order of business is to lay down the groove. There are countess bass virtuosos out there today. That’s wonderful, but if you want to get called

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Interview: Robert Mercurio, Galactic

I am a fan of lean, mean, funky bass-lines. I am a big fan of playing for the song, not for other musicians. I have played some five-strings and I think they do have their place in music, but I

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Interview: Adam Ben Ezra, Adam Ben Ezra Trio

Pic: Ezra Gozo Mansur I would describe my bass style as a full-range percussive style. When I play my upright bass I drum on it, play chords, synthesise and loop. I am always trying out new ways to make the

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Interview: Nicole Rich, Doll Skin

I would describe my bass style as aggressive and melodic. I like to lock in with the drums while still adding small flairs. I like to complement everything else that is going on while keeping everything solid. I’ve never really

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Frank Watkins RIP

Pic: Chad Lee Photography To extreme metal fans, Frank Watkins needs no introduction, writes Jeremy Wagner of Broken Hope. He played bass in both Obituary and Gorgoroth and managed and guided numerous bands and musicians with his company, Back From

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Interview: Steve Edmondson, Paradise Lost

Pic: Vassil Varbanov I keep it simple but solid. Only deviate when needed. I play five-string bass in Paradise Lost because the lows are just what’s needed for our gothic doom sound. My first bass was an old black Westone

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Interview: Jaco Norman, Beasts

I haven’t been playing bass for too long and while I know I am no virtuoso, I like to think that my playing packs a punch. For me, the performance is all about the showmanship and the energy while still

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Interview: Johann Berby, Metisse Maloya

I have played with the Trilok Gurtu Band, Yaël Naïm, Fatoumata Diawara, Vieux Farka Toure, Oumou Sangare, Blick Bassy and others. My bass style has a warm touch and is groove-oriented, with influences of maloya – a blues-like popular music

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‘Jaco’ DVD and Blu-ray now available for pre-order

The long-awaited biopic of Jaco Pastorius, simply titled Jaco, is now available for pre-order. As you’ll know because we’ve been running stories about the movie’s progress for over a year now, Jaco was produced by Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo and

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Interview: Rick Barrio Dill, Vintage Trouble

My bass style is rooted in old school, rhythm and blues, soul, and rock’n’roll traditions. My first bass? My dad bought me a used, I think it was like a, it was like a what do you call it… it

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