Phil Stack is a bass player of formidable prowess, having been a member of Aussie pop rock chart busters 'Thirsty Merc' for over 15yrs, Phil has toured the world and rocked some of the biggest stages around, however, he has also had a successful career as a bona fide jazz musician and most recently as an independent singer songwriter. In this episode we talk about Phil's bass journey, his passion for upright playing and his approach to playing Thirsty Merc repertoire 15yrs on. We also discuss how the changes in the music industry have affected his career and his current passion for solo, improvised double gigs and his new found love for piano and songwriting.
Phil Stack Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/phil-stack/celebrate-life
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Cornell Williams is one of my favourite 'pocket' style players, in that his time, tone and taste (note choice) are pretty much perfect for the material he is performing, and on the odd occasion when he does step forward he is super lyrical yet still so funky! It was a real pleasure to get to hang and jam with Nell while he was in town with Jon Cleary, I even got to play THAT Modulus, what a bass!
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Jonathan Dimond is an incredibly accomplished musician, composer and educator based in Melbourne. Having studied Indian classical music to an extremely high level, his rhythmic understanding is exceptional, coupled with his formidable technical facility and knowledge of western classical and jazz music, Jonathan is a truly inspiring bass player. In this episode we discuss some of his practice methods using a kick drum pedal and a woodblock, his bass journey, studying in USA and India and much more.
Evripides Evripidou is one of those rare bass players that seems to be able to straddle opposing genres with ease and authenticity. Playing bass for such fusion giants and Virgil Donati, Dave Weckl and Frank Gambale would be enough to catapult any bass player into the history books, but Evri has neither rested on his laurels or adhered to the stereo types associated with such complex music and has continued to forge his own musical and dare I say spiritual path on the bass. It was a privilege to chat with Evri about his bass journey and his approach to improvisation, education and tone.
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Like myself, Drew Dedman is a self professed bass nerd and we get deep into a lot of topics in this interview like Drew's roots in speed and prog metal, his gigging philosophy, practice tips, his time with Melbourne Nu Metal kings Superheist, the current music industry climate and of course: bass gear!
Drew Dedman the Electric Bassplayer
Debut solo record "Made in Melbourne" out mid to late 2017
Bass player, educator and luthier Neil Kennedy stopped by with a few examples from his stunning new line of basses soon to be released in conjunction with legendary Australian guitar company - Cole Clark. We discuss a range of bass building topics ranging from fingerboard radius, wood choice (including indigenous Australian woods), neck construction, bridge material etc etc; and we also hear about his bass journey and thoughts on technique and the science of bass building.
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Chicago native Michael Manson has filled the bass chair for some of the top names in jazz and gospel music such as George Duke, Larry Carlton and Kirk Whalum. I caught up with him while he was in town with Jeff Lorber Fusion and we chatted about what it takes to be prepared for a high profile gig like that as well as the importance of developing your own voice on the instrument, his classical upbringing and his solo career. Manson not only has blazing chops but his sense of melody and pocket are second to none and it was blast getting to jam and talk with him!
I was excited to have Claire on the podcast as not only is she a fantastic bass player, composer, band leader and educator, but she has a passion and drive for music and self improvement that is really inspiring. In this episode we hear about how Claire ended up falling in love with the bass, her penchant for classic artists like Steely Dan and Duran Duran, touring America with the outrageously talented 'Kneebody' and why enthusiasm has been so important to her musical development.
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If you've ever trawled YouTube for bass gear demos (and let's face it, who hasn't), chances are you've come across Gregor Fris's 'Bass The World' YouTube Channel which will have exposed to the immense bass playing of René Flächsenhaar. After watching a few videos of René playing numerous exotic basses, I was struck by the depth and variety of grooves he could demonstrate with seemingly effortless ease. I reached out to René during my recent trip to Europe and we caught up at local music school/studio/store Noisy Rooms in René's current home of Berlin, Germany. During our chat we discuss René's bass journey, his influnces, what it takes to be a working musician, gear and what it's like to be a YouTube star
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David Searle is a Melbourne based luthier who hand-crafts incredible instruments with a wide variety of tone woods and design aspects.
In this interview we talk about what to look for in your first bass, tone woods, scale length, designing your own custom bass, active vs passive and a whole lot more!
Be sure to visit the Melbourne School of Guitar Making website to find out more!