I do not play five- or six-string bass, because I prefer the sound and feel of a downtuned four-string. I used to use a five-string, but I kept breaking the low B, so with less tension in an E tuned down, they last a bit longer. The secret of playing bass well is not to overcomplicate things. If a song needs something simple it’s better to do that than try to jam in something overly technical, which probably won’t sound as cool in the end anyway.
My first bass was a cheap, second-hand copy of a Fender Jazz, it has been retired to the back of a cupboard somewhere. I never play it but it was the bass I learned to play on so I can’t bring myself to get rid of it. My favourite bass ever is a close call between my Traben Array and my ESP LTD F-104. The former is my live bass, it looks awesome and has a great sound with a bigger bridge. The latter is my recording bass, which I used for our Warface album. My bass heroes are Bill Gould of Faith No More – I love his playing on The Real Thing –; Paul Gray of Slipknot, obviously Rex Brown from Pantera and Matt Freeman from Rancid. The greatest bass player that ever lived is Les Claypool of Primus, I wish I could play half as well as him. I first wanted to be a bass player after hearing the Sex Pistols and seeing pictures of Sid Vicious. It was only after I learned to play that I found out Sid was useless.