I am very inspired by guitar players, especially the way I approach the instrument. I do not play five- or six-string bass. Four is enough. I was never influenced by five- or six-string bass players, not really my style. The secret of playing bass well is understanding how the foundations of a song are laid out and how much or little space there is within the song. Playing drums also helps understand bass. My favourite bass ever to date is an L Series Fender PB or Mustang short scale. I also like Gretsch hollow bodies.
My bass heroes? I don’t know if I would call them heroes, but I like Colin Greenwood from Radiohead, Mike Watt from Minutemen who plays with the Stooges now, and I still like Paul McCartney’s style on bass quite a bit too. I should mention Eugene Goreshter too, from Autolux, who has a pretty good idea of how to use effects on bass guitar. The greatest bass player that ever lived is probably still Jaco Pastorius, even if it’s not an original pick. We released our album With Us in the States last September. It cam out on 25 February. We’re gonna be playing shows up and down America’s West Coast for the next three months, with hopefully a stop at SXSW in March.