Interview: Rob Giles, Circa Zero

I do not play five- or six-string bass, because I can’t count that high and my tuner only has E, A, D and G on it. I slap only in emergencies. The secret of playing bass well? If I told you it wouldn’t be a secret any more. My first bass was a black Spector with gold hardware. Classy. And heavy. My favourite bass ever to date is my Fender Jazz. My bass heroes are McCartney. Flea and Stevie Wonder. If I could get the bass tone of any songs or albums ever released, I would choose the roundness of the Beatles’ ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’, the thunk and rumble on KD Lang’s Ingenue, the raw and honest Music Man of the Red Hot Chli Peppers’ Blood Sugar Sex Magik and the patient and versatile basses on Radiohead’s Kid A. Consider locking in with the song before the drummer.
Basses Fender Jazz
Effects TC Electronic
Amps Ampeg SVT CL with 810E cab

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