My main gigs at the moment are touring with Ronan Keating and Sharon Corr from The Corrs. I’ve also been working with producer/sax player Michael Buckley, plus recording and touring the Interlude album with new urban artist David Lyttle. For touring I mostly use a five-string for the extended range. I prefer to play four but don’t like changing basses during the gig, so will tend to play the whole set on the five. When I’m recording or playing local gigs I generally use a 65 Precision that I have strung with flatwounds. It’s had the same set on for 16 years, and I just love how it sounds. I rarely take that out on the road though.
As far as secrets to playing bass well go, I think it’s about good knowledge of theory and lots of practice. Also time, feel, choice of notes, and listening to what everyone else is playing in the band so you support them better. For playing the bigger gigs like arenas, I also think playing less has much more impact. Simple fills work better for me, as sometimes faster ones can be a bit of a blur in the bigger rooms. I met Carmine Rojas when he was playing with Rod Stewart very early in my touring days, and he told me he played a lot simpler in arenas because of the low end bouncing around the venue. I guess I took that on board. My first bass was a Fender Precision, probably late 70s. I was lucky that my dad, who played trombone in a jazz band, bought it for me on the recommendation of his band-mate. I think he wanted to give me a good chance learning on a decent instrument. And also if I didn’t stick with it he could probably get his money back!
Bass AV AVBP
Effects EBS, Sansamp Bass Driver DI
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Amps EBS TD 650, 2 x Proline 4×10” cabs