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.
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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.
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Currently residing in Brisbane, Mark is one of Australia's top bass players having appeared on the first Gospel Chops Bass Shedz DVD and subsequently supporting Victor Wooten on a clinic tour. With a musical mind to match his incredible technical facility, Mark is truly a top flight bass player, but his musical journey has not been without struggles. In this video Mark candidly discusses how he has overcome crippling stage fright and self doubt, bolstered his harmonic knowledge and how importantly he views using a bass the 'fits'. It's a long one, but there's some great bass jamming scattered throughout and we really dig deep on a lot of topics that I feel will resonate with players old and young.
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Rocco Prestia is an undeniable living legend of the electric bass, having held the bass chair in Tower of Power for over 50 years, Rocco has influenced countless players with his incredible bass lines and unique tone and approach. It was a real honour for me to get to spend some time with one my bass heroes and was fascinated to hear Rocco talk about his incredible career in a candid and honest manner. Enjoy!
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I was lucky to catch up with Francis on the balcony of his hotel room shortly before he hit the stage at the Caloundra Music Festival with acid jazz legends Incognito. Hailing from London, Francis has been musical director for Rahsaan Patterson, recorded with Anastasia, Chaka Khan, Lulu, Najee, Miki Imai, Gianna Nannini, Jocelyn Brown and Leon Ware and performed bass live with Cee Lo Green, Mario Biondi, Chaka Khan, Karyn White, Gloria Gaynor and many more. In this revealing interview we hear about Francis' beignnings on the bass, his relationship with Bluey from Incognito, what kind of gear he uses and why and a great insight into what it means to be an in demand sideman for some of the world's top funk, rnb, soul and jazz artists.
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Hailing from Sydney, Daniel is an in demand electric and upright bass player with a substantial online following and has recently had some of his own video lessons featured on the GospelChops youtube channel.
With a funky pocket, slick solo chops and strong harmonic knowledge, Daniel is well equipped to deal with almost any gig that comes his way. Cap it all off with a professional attitude and an easy going personality, Daniel is definitely someone you would want to share the band stand with.
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Jimmy Haslip is one of the modern masters of electric bass, coming to prominence in 1980 as founding member of The Yellowjackets, Jimmy has since gone on to play with Jeff Lorber, Eric Marienthal, Bruce Hornsby, Rita Coolidge, Gino Vannelli, Kiss, Tommy Bolin, Allan Holdsworth, Marilyn Scott, Chaka Khan, Al Jarreau, Donald Fagen, and Anita Baker. It was an absolute pleasure to speak with Jimmy about his amazing career as a bass player and producer, as well as discuss his approach to improvising and his journey with the 6 string electric bass. Check out the video interview here: https://youtu.be/Xsw2r3BWwAM
Known for his chart topping smooth jazz CD's and his recently relaunched line of high end, high powered bass amplification, Wayne Jones knows what it takes to make great sounding, bass-led music both live and in the studio.
Currently based in Melbourne, Australia, Wayne is originally from Wales. When he was 11 years old, his family immigrated to Australia. He started playing drums when he was 13, but at age 17, he suffered an industrial accident, which caused the loss of the use of his left thumb. At this point, he took up the electric bass, and he has never looked back. In addition to designing and producing some fantastic bass cabs, Wayne is primarily a solo bass player, writer and producer, and has his own record label. Wayne has CD’s out and on radio in the smooth / contemporary Jazz markets in USA, Europe & more. They feature top USA players Rick Braun, Philippe Saisse and Mike MacArthur. Joining Wayne for the Australian contingent is Fallon Williams and Ron Peers. Prior to this, for over forty years, he was a sideman in the Australian music scene, touring, sessions, etc. Wayne provided master classes and taught at various colleges.