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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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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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