Interview: Lou Taylor, The Incredible Magpie Band


I’ve worked out how to play my bass riffs with a kind of strumming action which creates more energy and feels better when we play. Sometime bass players have one hand planted to the body of their guitar and can look really bored. This way, when done right, it feels and sounds great. I don’t play five- or six-string bass because I don’t feel the need for the extra strings for the type of music our band produces, and to be honest I just don’t like the look of them. Nobody has ever shown me how to do anything on a bass guitar. I taught myself how to play standard six string guitar and eventually progressed to bass, so slapping has never been on the agenda: I suppose that’s where my technique comes from. The secret of playing bass well? Without a shadow of doubt the secret is to be tight with the drums. You can be the most technical player in the world, but if you and the drums are out it’s gonna sound shit. Simple bass-lines locked tight with the drums are always a winner for me. My first bass was an Epiphone Rivoli. The greatest bass player that ever lived was John Entwistle, obviously. Listen to Quadrophenia and you’ll understand what I mean. Entwistle at his best.
Bass: Epiphone Rivoli
Effects: None
Amp: Ashdown ABM 500, Ashdown ABM-410 600W Classic Cab

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