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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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Interview: Fred Sablan, Marilyn Manson

It’s a fight to the finish. Every note is played like it’s my last, and I mean every one of them. I’m completely focused on the drummer and the beat. I do not play five-string basses. I don’t think they’re

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Interview: Massimo Pupillo, Zu

I detune the low string to low B because I’m really fond of low-end rumbles. I try to be physical and instinctual when playing. For me, I try not to think too much about the process: instead, I become immersed

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Interview: John Mathews, London Afrobeat Collective

You’d be forgiven for thinking the bassist in a 10-piece Afrobeat band might be restricted. [Late Afrobeat pioneer] Fela Kuti dictated lines for his bassists to repeat verbatim. Fela wrote incredible bass-lines. You’ve gotta believe in a line to insist

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Interview: Jett Heysen-Hicks, Tracer

I’m always striving to express in one note as much as others express in three. I only play four string but I play tuned to Bb, Eb, Ab, Db. I made the switch to this tuning four years ago. I

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Interview: John Linnell, They Might Be Giants

Pic: Shervin Lainez When we started out, the bass was all done on synth, so I was effectively the bass player for that reason. There’s a song of ours called ‘The Guitar’ and there’s a moment where John [Flansburgh, other

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Interview: Kevin Butler, Thy Art Is Murder

I use a pick for a hard, percussive attack and a lot of tremolo picking. I play a five-string bass, to utilise the lower tunings we play in and the extended range it offers. Tuning stability with the extended range

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Interview: Sem Christoffel, Vandenberg’s MoonKings

Pic: Sharon Duursma I would describe my bass style as raunchy, quick and to the pointless. I like four-string basses most, because they’ve got that classic vibe and sound of how the electric bass was originally invented. In my opinion,

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