Bassically speaking: Nick Latham

nick lathamWhen I’m writing songs I tend to like playing root notes and adding melodies over the top. I have two five-string basses; one strung B-G and one E-C. I like the powerful low notes of the B string, and I like my C string for the nice chordal tones you can get. It’s great for melodies as well. Some of the high notes being in a more convenient position is another bonus. I’d love a six-string to have it all in one instrument. The secret of playing bass well is having fun. If you get bogged down and stressed out, it can ruin everything. If you’re enjoying what you’re doing, I find you just want to play more and more, and you just naturally get better. My first bass was a three-quarter size Squier Bronco. I still have it! Flea and Tye Zamora were my first inspirations. Now there are so many bassists I admire. Colin Edwin, John Myung, Tal Wilkenfeld, Chris Wolstenholme, Alain Caron… the list goes on. The greatest bass player that ever lived is Victor Wooten. Not only is he an awesome bassist, his philosophy and general approach to music is super inspirational. If I could get the bass tone of any album ever released, I would choose Rage Against The Machine’s first album, the self-titled one. Tim Commerford’s tone is just so meaty.

Basses Yamaha TRB5P, Marleaux Consat Straight, Sandberg Marlowe DK signature

Amp Ashdown EB180 combo

Effects Boss RV-5 Digital Reverb

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