I feel like the words ‘melodic and simple’ are probably overused to describe a bass player’s style. I don’t think I have a particular style, I guess predominantly I’m a ‘pop bassist’ as almost everything I’ve played is in that genre. I’ve taken inspiration from so many players but I don’t think that any of them show at all through my playing, I seriously doubt you hear sheets of Les Claypool on a foundation of Pino Palladino with a Laurence Cottle flicker. Even though the works of these guys and many more have helped my playing and musical vocabulary, it’s not something I’m consciously aware of when creating a bass-line for a song, I play what I can hear happening, filling the spaces or just giving everything a fat bed to lie on. So I guess, despite my opening statement, the words to describe my style are probably ‘melodic and simple’. Every bassist has a lead guitarist inside him: if a bassist denies this, he’s either lying or is actually a lead guitarist. Once you’ve got everything out of you, all the slap, the tap, the soloing, that two years of “I’m fundamentally a jazz musician playing bass”, all the theory and technique, you realise that taking a few steps back allows you to hear that each instrument holds its place to build a far bigger picture. Contributing the basic, simple stuff makes everything far more open, and gives everything room to gel together to make ‘The Song’. Obviously some songs call for a melodic bass-line, some call for chugging E until you get the nod off the drummer to chug A: if it makes the song better, then that is the right line.
Basses Fender Jazz, Fender 24
Effects Visual Sound R66 compressor/overdrive, EH MicroSynth, Visual Sound H2O chorus/echo, Visual Sound Garagetone delay, Visual Sound Volume
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