Matt Stevenson of Max Raptor on the bass

I played the drums in Max Raptor up until 18 months ago. Now I’m playing the bass full-time, it’s really helped me understand both sides of the rhythm section. I’d say my bass style is rhythmic and solid, locking in

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Chasing The Shadow Of The Funk Machine

This is a short version of an upcoming feature. To support this incredible documentary please visit here Shortly before James Jamerson died, his legendary Precision bass, known as the Funk Machine, was stolen. A bass that had played on

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Peat Rains of You Bred Raptors? says hi

I never took lessons and have always felt a bit selfconscious in my ability to speak the musical language. When I try, it is often in a broken dialect with a heavy accent. My insecurities are compounded by being in

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Shaka Can!

We’re giving a firm thumbs-up and unashamed plug for the Shaka Zulu restaurant and live venue in Camden, London, where we saw BGM columnist and all-round bass Leg End Jeff Berlin strum the bass recently. Our man was playing at

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Tim King of Soil chats bass

I’m not a flashy player. I like to keep it solid and add fills and walking bass-lines where appropriate. I’m most comfortable on a four-string. I always figured that you can do just as much on a four-string as you

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Micky Waters of The Answer talks the low end

I like to dig in. I play an aggressive, physical style, but I like to keep it dynamic too. We jam a lot in our set, and our jams are unpredictable at times, so I need to find new places

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Joe Ginsberg of Chuck Ragan and The Camaraderie talks bass

  [pic: Elena Vilain] I try to fit into the pocket and stay out of the way, but I’m constantly listening to the melody and attempt to support it rhythmically and harmonically. My goal is to feel the melody in

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Bass talk with Lorenzo Feliciati of Twinscapes

I try to do my best to create bass-lines that are useful for the music and not for my ego: usually groovy doesn’t mean super-busy. When I play songs from my solo albums I can play a lot of notes

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Shaun Avants of Scorpion Child talks bass

There’s definitely the fast, aggressive, testosterone-driven style that inevitably comes with playing rock and roll, but I really try and express the sexuality and groove that gives the music feeling. It’s relatively easy to just punch note after note, but

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Gary ‘Biscuit’ Bennett’s new BGM column…

I would like to wish you all a very warm welcome to my new column, Biscuit’s Bass Business, where I will be covering topics that will assist those of you wishing to become a professional bass player. In my first

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