Meet the team: Mike Brooks

Basses

My main squeezes are a Status Empathy, GB Rumour, Musicman StingRay (H/HH) and a Fender P/J, but I use what’s needed based on the band or job. The arsenal consists of examples by Status, GB, Ernie Ball Musicman, Trace Elliot (T-Bass), Yamaha, Kubicki, Spector, Lodestone, Fender and Washburn.

Effects

Far too many to list but I always carry an EBS Octaver, Boss Tuner, EBS Chorus, EBS Microbass II.

mike brooksAmps

EBS Fafner, EBS HD350, GK MB200, EBS 4×10 Proline, 2×12 Neo, 2×10 Neo cabs

I started playing bass in… 1987

My first bass was… a Marlin Sidewinder in black glitter finish. It was a great starter bass and got me up and running quickly.

My bass heroes are… John Deacon (Queen), Billy Sheehan (Mr Big), John Taylor (Duran Duran), Marcus Miller, Mark King (Level 42), Chris Squire (Yes), Larry Graham (Graham Central Station/Sly & The Family Stone), T-Bone Wolk (Hall & Oates), Mike Porcaro (Toto)

Slapping the bass is ace/stupid, because… It is neither ace nor stupid: it’s just another flavour/technique/tone. People get too hung up on it, it’s just another weapon in your arsenal.

The greatest bass player that ever lived was… Jaco Pastorius and James Jamerson, equal tie. RIP.

Say something profound here that will make all bassists go ‘Whoa!’ like Keanu Reeves.

We are the glue that holds a band together and makes everyone else sound better. People only notice the bass player when he stops.

Info www.facebook.com/mikebrooks1, www.coverstoryband.co.uk

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