Jonathan Maron is probably best known as one of the founding members of NYC outfit Groove Collective, as well as his iconic playing on the Maxwell cut 'Ascension'. However, after spending some time with him jamming and talking it quickly became apparent that there is so much more to Jonathans playing and approach to music than meets the eye/ear. In this interview we discuss a myriad of topics including his early influences, tone, Meshell Ndegeocello, his gorgeous sounding Yamaha bass, playing with Mark Guiliana and so much more.
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Ben Wicks is the guy you call when you need a tight, tasty, experienced roots & blues bass player with killer tone and a pro attitude. Sporting a beautiful custom P Bass made right here in Melbourne and over 20 years experience backing some of Australia's top blues and rnb acts, Ben is no stranger to touring and has played some of the country's premium festival stages. In this interview we get deep into the thinking behind his choices in gear, specifically is custom P Bass, as well as some thoughts on the current live music scene, music education and much much more!
Laura Mvula has taken the global pop scene by storm in the last few years, with entrancing melodies, complex African rhythms and cutting edge sonics, it would be a challenge for most bass players to comfortably find their role. Karl Rasheed Abel fulfills the bass duties flawlessly, with a deep understanding of jazz, rnb, neo soul and Afrobeat, Karl manages to not just fill out the bottom end, instead his basslines enhance the music and at times are all that is required to tell the story. It was fantastic to hang with Karl and chat about his influences and approach to playing bass in Laura's band, as well as his time spent in Berklee College of Music and why so many of us end up with a P Bass in our hands.
Michael League, bass player for Snarky Puppy, Bokante and Forq, is a modern master of the instrument and one of the hardest working band leaders around. Comfortable in a number of genres on electric, upright and key bass, Mike is not only a world class musician, but a prolific composer, record label executive and all round expert in the modern music industry. It was truly and honour to get to sit down with Michael while he was in Melbourne for two shows with Snarky Puppy and it was great to hear him talk about running a band like Snarky Puppy, the current state of the industry, his vintage P bass, thoughts on gospel music and much more!
Now based in Melbourne, Lauren is a professional double bassist and educator. Her hugely popular YouTube channel features virtuosic performances of double bass solo repertoire. Lauren has studied with many notable bassists such as Craig Butterfield and Jeff Bradetich and is renowned teacher in her own right.
It was great to sit down with Lauren and talk about her journey as a musician, career paths, overcoming nerves, youtube and much much more!
Fodera artist and bass sensei Lucas Taranto has an enviable reputation around town as the guy you call when you need the best of the best. Pocket, feel, chops, tone, vibe, Lucas has them all in spades and rightfully earned him a place in the world conquering Gotye lineup during the 'Somebody that I used to know' era. It was super cool getting to chat with Lucas about his bass journey including his influences in the form of Gary Willis and James Jamerson, his decision making process with regards to his beautiful custom Fodera bass, his thoughts on time and what young players should be focusing on.
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Teymur Phell is one seriously heavy cat! Currently Mike Stern's bassist of choice he has also performed with Oz Noy and trumpet legend Arturo Sandoval. A resident of NYC, Teymur grew up in Israel, studying classical upright bass along side developing his burning chops on electric. In this interview we discuss his approach to walking, what it's like to play for Stern, his beautiful 6 string F Bass and much more!
I first saw a video of Junior playing about 18months ago and immediately I was hooked. He has an incredible facility on the instrument and coupled with deep harmonic knowledge, huge pocket and a Brazilian music background, you have the recipe for one of today's rising stars of electric bass. I was lucky to catch up with him for an hour or so while he was in town playing with Virgil Donati and we discuss his approach to learning that intense repertoire as well as his evolution as a bassist and his plans for the future.
Watch the video on the youtube channel.
Check out Junior's website and youtube channel
Evan is one of my favourite Melbourne bass players, with a massive pocket, rock solid time and a phat tone it's no wonder he's held down the low end for the likes of Angus and Julia Stone, Dub Fx and Husky to name a few. In this episode we discuss topics such as domestic vs overseas touring, the importance of practicing super slow, the parallels between tai chi and music, in ear monitoring systems, complex live FX set ups and much more!
*apologies for the audio issues in this episode, there was some random interference with the microphones so I had to cut to the camera mic at times.
Hadrien Feraud is undoubtedly one of the pioneers of modern electric bass. Having played with the likes of John McLaughlin, Chick Corea and Hiromi, Hadrien is also an established artist in his own right having released 2 albums to critical acclaim.
I managed to catch up with him backstage at Melbourne's Bird's Basement jazz club while he was in town with the Zawinul Legacy featuring Scott Kinsey and Kirk Covington from fusion legends Tribal Tech. In this interview we chat about Hadriens musical journey, his love for Jaco, soul and rnb and also what he thinks about the impact of social media on the modern musician.
Check out his website and solo albums here:
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