Freddy Villano of American Mafia whacks the bass

fredric villano credit Max R Sequeira

Pic: Max R Sequeira

I’ve always been more into players who play bass, like James Jamerson, Boz Burrell, Andy Fraser, John Paul Jones, Geezer Butler and Bernard Edwards than the virtuosos. That probably stems from being more into great songs than virtuosic playing. I am as influenced by the singer-songwriter Charlie Sexton as I am by Geezer Butler. I mostly play four-string bass, but do play and own a five-string and an eight-string. It’s out of necessity really, especially when playing power metal and stoner/doom. Bands in those genres, at least the ones I’ve worked with, like a lot of B, C and C# tuning, so the five-string really accommodates that sound. I had a real epiphany when I realised I could just tune the five-string to a low C or C# when a song was in one of those keys rather than trying to play it first or second position! I will slap if it’s something I’ve written, but it’s not necessarily something I gravitate towards if I’m jamming or improvising. It’s more of a songwriting tool to me than pyrotechnics. My favourite bass ever to date is my silver sparkle custom shop Fender P-Bass Deluxe, built by Alex Perez. The greatest bass player that ever lived is Juan Alderete. And I’m not just saying that because he’s my friend: he’s a pioneer. American Mafia’s Rock N’ Roll Hit Machine is probably my proudest moment. I not only played bass and co-wrote the tunes, but also produced the record.
Basses Custom Rosado Super P, Fender Custom Shop P-Bass Deluxe, Fender Fretless Jazz Bass, Spector Euro4LX, Warwick Custom Shop Streamer $$ eight-string
Effects Dunlop Crybaby 105Q Bass Wah, Amptweaker Bass TightDrive, MXR M84 Bass Fuzz Deluxe, MXR M288 Bass Octave, MXR M82 Bass Envelope Filter
Amps Ampeg SVTs and 8X10 cabs, GK 1001RB, Ampeg SVT410-HE

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One comment on “Freddy Villano of American Mafia whacks the bass
  1. Jeff Dixon says:

    I’ve seen this guy play in NY. He’s good. It was like hearing fireworks out of that cab.

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