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.
Tim Lefebvre is quickly carving out a bold and progressive vision of what a contemporary bassist can and should be. Fashioning a leadership role in avant-garde jazz and funk circles, Tim is also a capable and reliable sideman routinely called upon by today’s leading innovators from across the musical spectrum including: Tedeschi Trucks Band (his full-time gig), Bryan Adams, Chris Botti, Toto, Sting, Uri Caine, Dave Binney, Donny McCaslin, Mark Giuliana and Donald Fagen. Tim (along with Donny McCaslin, Mark Guiliana, Jason Lindner and Ben Monder) is also the last bassist to record with David Bowie. His bass work is featured on "Blackstar", Mr. Bowie's powerful final recording. In addition, "Let Me Get By" by Tedeschi Trucks band is his first recording with that band. J
As a NYC based multi-instrumentalist , Lavondo has solidly rooted himself as a new breed of in demand performer. Having studied privately with Felix Pastorius , Dr. Mark Morton ( Principle Bassist of Columbus Symphony ) , Douglas Richeson ( Tony Bennett unplugged , Phil Collins ) , and Janek Gwizdala , he feels just as comfortable on acoustic bass as he does on his electric . He has performed for audiences around the world ; 30 plus countries from Europe , Asia , and all throughout North America with such artists as world reknowned recording artist Daisy Jopling, fresh offa six week / 23 city tour of China, and performing in Europe at the world famous musikverein hall in Vienna . Also performing on her new album set for release in 2016 . Upcoming North American summer tour with the great , award winning guitarist Ana Popovic . Broadway and Tv's "survivor" stars Josh Canfield and Reed Kelly, Mitch Jarvis, Eddie Holman ( Hey There Lonely Girl ), violinist Christian Howes, Umar Bin Hassan and The Last Poets, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Shine and the Moonbeams , along with other artists across a wide genre busting palette. Recently signing to Ropeadope Records with his band The Flowdown , he also served as Assistant musical director for Echoes of Etta ( 2014 MAC Award for Show of the Year ) , Asst. Music Director for vocalist William Blake ( New York Nightlife Award for Outstanding Male Jazz Vocalist ) , member of Brother Joscephus and the Love Revolution ( 2011 independent music award best live performance ) and bassist for 50 Shades! The Musical.
Lavondo is a Dunlop Artist and plays MXR bass pedals, Dunlop Marcus Miller Super Brights nickel wound strings, doesn't leave the house without his Will Lee Sadowsky , and makes a mean peanut butter & jelly sandwich.
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Not only is Mitch Cairns is a top class bass player, he's also an ARIA Award winning Producer, Mix Engineer and Writer.
Based in Melbourne Australia, Mitch works out of his private studio built within a spacious warehouse in Melbourne's western suburbs.
Mitch Produced the multi award winning albums Sharkmouth, Van Diemen’s Land and Red Dirt Red Heart for ARIA Hall Of Fame inductee and no. 1 selling artist Russell Morris.
His other work includes Grammy Winner Leo Sayer’s Restless Years, Glenn Shorrock, Joe Robinson, Renee Geyer, Chris Wilson, Brian Cadd, Rob Hirst (Midnight Oil), Rick Springfield, Joe Camilleri, Vika and Linda Bull, Ross Hannaford (Daddy Cool), Phil Manning (Chain), Troy Cassar-Daley, Kevin Borich, Diesel, Callee Mann, Mish Fornito, Grayson, Daryl Aberhart, Electric Mary, Electric Empire, Adam Miller and ABC Jazz Award winners Fumi Boca.
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Watch the video interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RftlnYKWvGA&index=5&list=PLI3SNKfLTqrZskA2uuyjmPz5nmgjFJkfs In this episode we catch up with Melbourne bass legend Ben Cripps. Having been the bass player for Human Nature for over a decade, Ben is at the top of many artists list when looking for a pro player who can bring a little extra something to the table and always lay it down tight and phat. In this video we learn some valuable lessons about what it takes to be a working pro and also some great advice for getting gigs in the first place.