Stylistically, I try to be as diverse as possible. Our songs can jump genres and styles pretty quickly so I have to be able to adapt as swiftly as possible. That may mean playing with a pick one minute and then palm muting and playing with my thumb the next. I play five-string bass, because in our band there is a lot of drop tuning going on. Most of the time I don’t have a clue what the guitars are tuned to, so having a five at my disposal makes life much easier. That being said, I do feel more at home on the four. I know how to slap, but never do in case one of my friends hears me.
It’s no secret that playing bass well is all about time and feel: controlling your notes and placing them in the right spots is the key. My first bass was a black Yamaha BB300 with a kickass Primus sticker on it. My favourite ever bass is my main F Bass VF5. I’m a huge fan of Jazz basses, and the F Bass has that sound but amazing playability. The greatest bass player that ever lived was Jaco Pastorius. He had such an amazing feel, which I think often gets overlooked. People often go on about the flashy side of his playing, but if you listen to the lines that he played. they are incredibly musical and they groove like crazy. I always try to hear the song in a big picture type of way. It’s very easy to fall into the trap of just listening to yourself, and that can kill a song.