Browsing articles tagged with " Bass"
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Sophia Marie – Australia

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Where were you born?
I was born August 21, 1974 east of the bay area in a little town called, Pittsburg, which is located in the northern part of California. It was considered a very small town, but as small towns grow, Pittsburg has now became a major hub for commuters who work in San Francisco.

Do you come from a musical family?
Yes, I actually do. It all stems from my Grandmother, Adele. She was a professional organist who eventually became a music teacher. She always amazed me by the countless number of instruments that she could play. My mom, Mary, who is no longer with us, she played the piano since age 5 and also flute and piccolo. One of my cousins is a dance teacher and the other has always had some kind of connection to the music industry. She plays instruments as well and sings. I do not have anything to tell about my father’s side of the family as I didn’t know them well.

What was your very first stage appearance?
My mom got me into dancing and singing at a very young age. My first performance must have been when I was around 4 or 5 yrs old because I have pictures of that time period. I have since then, performed on stage many times. Mostly growing up I did school band concerts or dance performances. These days, I perform on stage with my band, singing and playing my bass guitar.

Which bassist do you most admire?
Well, I really hadn’t given it much thought before I became a bass guitarist, but recently, I got an opportunity to see Cliff Burton from Metallica on a You Tube video and was amazed. If I were to idol any bass player it would have to be him.

Tell us about your gear.
I have only been playing bass for about 3 years and the first year of my playing was when I was 17 and the last two years have been just recently as I decided to pick it up again and found out that I have a gift for writing music. Since I discovered my talent for writing songs, I haven’t stopped playing. I currently, use a Line 6 Lowdown 300 watt amp with a Corvette Red Yamaha Bass.

Tell us about your current band.
My current band has only been with me for about two months and we are hitting Sydney very hard on the gigging side of things. Like I said early, I haven’t been playing for years and its taken me a very long time to find a band who is committed.

What is your latest CD/album?
I currently have two singles done, one is available on ITunes Music Store called, “Got you Twisted” and the other will be available very soon called, “Set Me Free”. I am flying back to Perth August 2008 to finish recording my debut album titled, “Twisted” and hopefully will have it distributed by next year. Of course, once the album is done, it will be available to download via the internet.

Your birthday?
My birthday is August 21st 1974. I am a Leo, but because my birthday is so close to Virgo I am also a cuspian Leo/Virgo. I am also the year of the Tiger in the Chinese Zodiac.

“Never never ever ever give up on a dream. Never ever let fear get in the way and never let any dream killers stand in your way”.

Dec
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Alexandra Marko – Austria

By bgirl  //  Interview, Uncategorized  //  No Comments

Do you come from a musical family Alexandra?
Yes, my grandma was touring through Europe, playing the zither and other relatives were also playing in bands. Besides that, there were some painters in my family

What was your very first stage appearance?
The very first one was with about eight when I was learning to play the piano, the concert was in a town hall and I know I was pretty nervous. I studied classical guitar and changed to bass -  it happened during the recording of an LP that I was asked to play the bass, and I loved it.

Which bassist do you most admire?
Mmh,  difficult to say, the first that comes to my mind is Billy Sheehan, Tim Stevens, Victor Wooten, …. ooh there are so many.

Tell us about your instruments/amp/gear?
At the moment I love to play my Yamaha 5-string but I have a modified Fender 4-string too. I play a Marshall top with Ampeg boxes and I seldom use some effects, prefer using my fingers.

. . . and your current band?
It is called mcb and I’ve been playing with that band for about 15 years now. I played with a funk band, some blues, and still do when they have no bass player, and was hired for recordings.

What are your hobbies outside music?
All my other ‘jobs’ are my hobbies too, so I work for an ice-hockey team, for motorbike teams, then there’s my garden, and I like travelling, mental trainings, rituals, and and and . . .

Have you performed outside Austria?
Yes, was on a bike cruise with my band and I was at different places in Europe.

What is your latest CD/album?
Our latest album is called ‘give it up’,  kinda pop song stuff

Your own personal web space?
You’ll find me in myspace.com/alexandramarko

Do you have a message for people who will read this?
Without faith, nothing is possible ~ with faith, nothing is impossible.

Dec
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Natsuko Chishiro – Japan

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Natsuko, where were you born?
I was born in Kyoto, Japan.

Do you come from a musical family?
No, I don’t. But my father played the guitar in a local band.

What was your very first stage appearance?
I first played at the school festival when I was 16.

Which bassist do you most admire?
I admire John Deacon, John Paul Jones, John Entwistle, Pat Badger, and Grog.

Tell us about your instruments/amp/gear?
Musicman Sterling (black sparkle), Musicman Sterling (candy red), Musicman Sterling (translucent red), Fender PJR70 (black), Guyatone Exciter, Boss bass chorus, Boss TU-2, Boss bass overdrive

. . . and your current band?
Veronica’s Violet is the band I started and I’ve been playing ever since. We are now a trio: Bass, Drums and Guitar, and we play alternative heavy rock.

What are your hobbies outside music?
Travel, cooking, gardening, aromatherapy, dance (belly dance, flamenco), watching musicals, fashion shows ( I’m a model too).

What is your band’s latest CD/album?
Veronica’s Violet (This is the first, self-titled album of my band)

Your own webspace?
geocities.jp/patrinjp/(in Japanese)

“I’d like to have people around the world listen to our songs! I’d like to visit many countries, and have gigs there! And I’d like to make friends all over the world!” – Natsuko

Dec
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Irene Batista – Central America

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Where were you born?
Panama, Republic of Panama

What was your very first stage appearance?
With my first band, Bocanegra, in a local festival, here in Panama, around 1997

Which bassist do you most admire?
Michael manring, Victor Wooten, Brenda Martin (thanks to this website i heard of her! wow!), Steve DiGiorgio, etc.

Tell us about your instruments/amp/gear?
I have three basses, a Fender Precision, a BC Rich Innovator and a Cort GB34, all 4 strings. I play through a Hartke HA5000 head and Hartke 410TP cabinet. I also
have a Hartke A70

What bands have you played with?
Reyerta and Bocanegra and now with Rencilla

What are your hobbies outside music?
I am an architect and i like to read a lot, play music, listen to music and go to shows.

Have you performed outside Panama?
Yes, in Costa Rica.

What is your latest CD/album?
10 años hardcore: Solo los fuertes sobreviven (10 years of hardcore: Only the strong survive)

Do you have your own webspace?
Yes, myspace.com/ireneonly

“Just keep rocking…specially Latin American female bass players!” ~ Irene

Dec
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Wendy Brents – USA

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Where were you born?
Alhambra, California, USA

Do you come from a musical family?
Not really.. my mom has a great voice though!

What was your very first stage appearance?
I started playing parties at 13 and clubs at 23

Which bassist do you most admire?
God.. so many, Les Claypool, Joe Lally, Eric Avery, Kim Gordon, Kim Deal

Tell us about your gear.
I love my set-up! Theres absolutely NOTHING I would change except for maybe a ’72 p-bass ;o) Gallien Kruger rb800 w/ ampeg 8×10 cab

Tell us about your current band.
I have two, Excuses For Skipping and The Bruises. Excuses For Skipping is an all girl shoegaze/indie/new wave-ish band. The Bruises are just straight up fun poppy rock and roll!

What other bands have you played with?
Leopold and his Fiction, The Cartographers

What is your latest CD/album?
Excuses For Skipping/Out Of Work Early and The Bruises/Connected

Do you have a webspace?
myspace.com/xcuses4skipping and myspace.com/thebruises

Dec
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Bylle Baringer – Germany

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Bylle, where were you born?
I was born in “Landsberg am Lech”, 60 km south/west of Munich, Germany.

Do you come from a musical family?
No, not at all. Nobody in my family has anything to do with music except my father, singing in the church ;O). As a teenager I loved listening to “hard rock” music and now I groove as well on R´n´B and soul. After school I wanted to study art because I loved drawing. But money had to be made, so I had to start an apprenticeship in an office.

What was your very first stage appearance?
I started with over 20 learning my instruments. And I became fanatic. Even my passion for motorcycling faded! Believe it or not, one year later I had my first gigs! I played bass and acoustic guitar in a duet, doing background music for actors who read poems on stage for a live audience. Later on I played with a few rock cover-bands and enlarged my experience as a bassist. My professional career began with the well-known Munich girlsband “Electric Ladyland”. They asked me to join them and that was really the start of real band-feeling. We had a lot of live-concerts and we performed many times on TV. We worked intensively together by composing our own songs. We produced the CD “112 beats”. It was a really great time for me.

Which bassist do you most admire?
I loved to see TM Stevens on stage, I’m impressed by Flea with his freaky way, Marcus Miller, Stanley Clarke and Piotr Cichewicz.

Tell us about your instruments/amp/gear?
Since 3 years I use Status Series II, headless, from the 80s. I like this bass guitar because of its clear big sound and it has a superb action one of the best I have come across. I started playing with a Warwick Dolphin II and I would not give it away, because it’s also very special.
My bass amp is an Mark Bass Little Mark II, cabinets are 2×10 and 1×15, also of Mark Bass.

. . . and your current musical projects?
Currently I’m playing in three bands: The ladies rock-band Wildcats with international musicians, Gaslight, (rock & blues trio) and my exciting new project Daisy Ultra. This is the kind of band I always wanted to be a part of, four powerful women, who have love for music, a talent for their instrument and know how to tear up a stage (tour: 2009)!

Apart from Electric Ladyland, what other bands have you played with?
The last 2 years I was a member of Mickey Monroe Band (rock-singer & songwriter), played with Dena & Band, which was a collective project with German lyrics. I was part of projects like the Grand Prix Eurovision 2007 in Bulgaria with Tedi Katzarova and I’m constantly playing with different rock, RnB and soulbands.

What are your hobbies outside music?
I love art, nature, reading and travelling. I also have a talent for computers and make professional web-design for businesses.

Have you performed outside Germany and Bulgaria?
Yes, around Europe like Austria and Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium and Italia.

What is your latest CD/album?
Bavaria’s thrilling Gaslight – first Gaslight CD – “Gaslight Road No I” 2008. Dena & Band debut album “Lebe deinen Traum“ (Live Your Dreams) 2006 and Electric Ladyland’s album “112 Beats” in 2004.

Dec
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Laura Jones – England

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Where were you born Laura?
I was born in Portshepston which is near Durban in South Africa but my parents are both English.

Do you come from a musical family?
Yes and no. I was the first to start a instrument and after that my brother and sister took up instruments, but no one had ever been serious about playing before me. I don’t know where I got my musical side from.

What was your very first stage appearance?
When i was about 9 I think, I played at a music festival. At that time I played the clarinet and I played a piece called Rumbling Man I was so happy cause I passed with a merit.

Which bassist do you most admire?
I really admire Marcus Miller, he’s amazing how he plays and the sound he creates is beautiful.

What instruments do you have?
Well I have a really nice Jazz-style bass which is a Peavey Grind 4 string. I love this bass, it’s the most expensive one I own. I also have a Yamaha 5-string, in which I use rock and metal songs, that low B string is great for the heavy metal.

Are you part of a band at the moment?
At the moment I’m not in a band because I just haven’t found one, but I would like to start looking for one.

What other bands have you played with?
I was in a band called Black Sherbet, which was started by my friend and me. She played guitar and at the time I played the drums. It was later I started playing the bass. The band was just the two of us and we recorded the music and over lapped it together. We played 3 different instruments each. It was funny at the time but after that we both went different ways, I stayed the same and she followed the crowd, that’s why the band stopped.

Your own personal webspace? myspace.com/new_blood_new_war

“Good luck with what ever instrument you play because I have learnt when you put in hard work to it , the reward at the end is priceless and it also feels really good, you can only ever go forward (it’s what i was told). Please keep to your true self and don’t follow the crowd because it really gets you nowhere in life.” ~ Laura

Dec
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Ana Jelic – Croatia

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Where were you born Ana?
In Pozega, Croatia.

Do you come from a musical family?
Yes, my father was a musician. He played keyboards and guitar. He doesn’t play anymore.

What was your very first stage appearance?
In music school, I played guitar, but now with bass… I started to play bass when I was 13 and my sister and I played with our friends in some small club here in Pozega. we played covers.

Which bassist do you most admire?
Jean-Jacques Burnel of The Stranglers, somebody told me that we have even simular style of playing, he’s very simple but different from others.

Tell us about your instruments/amp/gear?
My bass is the most beautiful bass guitar in the world:) It’s Fender Jazz Bass, 3 years old. My amp: Ampeg classic SVT (amp) and 2×6″ + 2×12″ + 1×18″ box, also Ampeg.

. . . and your current band?
My current band is still my first band with my sister Tina on guitar and our friend Matej on drums, The Rock Flock. we play some melodic punk. I am come from small city, full of discrimination, that’s why I started to play with my sister. When we started to searching for a drummer no one wanted to play with us, until we found Matej.

What’s your favourite music/bands?
I listen to all new interesting music and a lots of different genres like hc, punk, rock, grunge, ska, dub, alternative, jazz, avant-garde… I like new sounds and I’m opened for everything. I like simple bands like The Subways, Juliette and the Licks, The Hives… one of my favourite bands are Placebo, Muse and Massive Attack. From older bands I like Hole.

What are your hobbies outside music?
Interior design, travel, shopping and visiting theatres, exhibitions and good concerts.

Are you recording?
We are still working on our first album. It will be done soon. I’m very optimistic because we are one of the most popular demo bands in Croatia, people do come a lot on our concerts and big bands are supporting us very much, some of them are even jealous!

Your own personal webspace?
myspace.com/ana_trf

“Just do what are you talented for, not what everybody are expecting from you. Be different from others, that’s what you really are!” ~ Ana