Bassically speaking: Martin Sandvik

Ever since I was a little kid and started listening to music, I was fascinated by the look and sound of a bass guitar. I remember the first time I heard ‘Wrathchild’ by Iron Maiden, I was mesmerised and decided that bass was my instrument of choice for the rest of my life. I have always been influenced by bass players with attitude. I love players like Paul Simonon, Dee Dee Ramone, Geddy Lee, Jimmy Bain, Bob Daisley, Steve Harris, Larry Graham, Bootsy Collins, Lemmy, John Entwistle and Phil Lynott. In my opinion, what they all have  is attitude and I think that is the most important part of playing bass.

Hardcore Superstar


You have got to mean what you are playing, otherwise it’s just blah, blah, blah, and it doesn’t mean shit. It’s boring to listen to, so I would describe my bass style as having a lot of attitude. In Hardcore Superstar we have a fantastic drummer by the name of Magnus ‘ADDE’ Andreasson as well as Vic Zino, our brilliant guitarist, and they play pretty busy, so my part in the band is to glue it together and make a solid foundation. On some songs I play with a low B string and skip the G string, but it’s still a four-string bass. I have never found any five- or six-string basses that I really like to play. It’s too tight between the strings. I do slap, but I have not played slap bass on any Hardcore Superstar album. We played a cover of Graham Central Station’s ‘Earthquake’, though, and there was a lot of slapping and I loved every minute of it. There is no secret to good bass playing – it just takes practice. Listen to a lot of music and try to learn the bass-lines by ear and at same time get great ear training.

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