Bassically speaking: Alex Lofoco

I always do my best to serve the music while providing something interesting and engaging. I would describe my bass style as mix of funk, fusion and rock. I play five-string bass now because finally I found an instrument with a perfectly balanced low fifth string that gives you full low end enjoyment. It is a Laurus bass. I slap because it feels more natural than fingering sometimes: since I mastered double thumbing it has become second nature. There are still a few licks and parts I can’t play properly with fingerpicking as well as with thumbing: Jaco’s ‘Chromatic Fantasy’ is an example. The secret of playing bass well is to be passionate about every thing you end up playing with your instrument. Being honest and spontaneous is the key for me, it is not just about playing bass but how you live your music, whether it is your profession or just a hobby. My very first bass was a Yamaha RBX 260. It was the only decent-looking cheap bass I could find in a shop down in Rome, it was late 1998. My favourite bass ever to date is my Laurus Quasar T900XR. It is beautifully handcrafted, light, resonant and extremely precise. It was at the London Bass Guitar Show.

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My bass heroes are Francis Rocco Prestia, Victor Wooten and Steve Harris, which is an odd mix, but the closest to my personality that I found since I started playing. The greatest bass player that ever lived is Jaco Pastorius, he’s still among us. If I could get the bass tone of any album ever released I would choose Jeff Berlin’s tone in the track ‘Ozone Pt. 2’ from Billy Cobham’s Drum And Voice II album, because it’s Gear so diverse from mine. I’ll be holding a European clinic tour for Laurus basses and Rotosound strings. I’ll also be at the Musikmesse in Frankfurt. Check the dates on my webpage, stay tuned and I hope to see you there.

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