I like to think of my bass style as solid but delicate at the same time. I’m always looking to play right on the beat and lock it in tight with the drummer. I am not the kind of bass player that likes to sit low in the mix. I like my bass parts to be prominent and punchy and stand out as an important part of each song I play on. I have played a five-string in the past, but never with the PJP Band. It was more of a session-playing tool, but moving back to the four-string made me realise how much I love it.
It frees you up and allows you to play accurately while really enjoying yourself. Personally, I love slap bass. As a kid that’s all I used to play, but as I’ve got older and learned a lot more I’ve found that slap bass definitely has a time and a place. To me, slap bass says funk, and in this band that’s not what we are about. In The PJP Band I hold back on the slap bass, it simply wouldn’t work. Nowadays I just save it for a good jam session. My first bass resembled a plank of wood with some strings nailed to it, but I loved it. It was a Rockwood Fender P copy that never stayed in tune. My second bass was the one that really made me take bass seriously. It was a turquoise Tanglewood Rebel Bass Collection copy. It was very small and light, and perfect for all the funky slap bass I was playing at the time. I sold it a good few years ago now. I hope it’s being treated well.
Basses Fender Jaguar, Musicman Sterling
Effects Tech 21 Sansamp Bass Driver Deluxe, Dunlop Carbon Copy Analog Delay, Electro Harmonix Bass Microsynth
Amps Trace Elliot 4×12” cab, AH350 Trace Elliot head