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Bassist Brian Southall – Bass Musician Magazine Q&A

Meet Bassist Brian Southall in this Bass Musician Magazine Q & A…

Name:

Brian Southall

Born In What City:

Warren, MI

Current Band(s) I Play With:

The Company We Keep

Former Bands I Have Played With:

The Receiving End Of Sirens, Isles and Glaciers, Boys Night Out, Fordirelifesake

CD’s I’ve Released/ Been a Part Of:

“The Hearts of Lonely People” – Isles and Glaciers, “the Earth Sings Mi Fa Mi” – TREOS, “Trainwreck” – Boys Night Out.

Describe The Way You Play Bass:  

Like a guitar player struggling to get by, wishing he had better feel.

What Made Me Decide to Play Bass:

The decision was forced in this case, as we did not have the time to put a full band together prior to recording!  I always want to play bass on things, and I wrote all of the material for these songs, but when it comes to actually playing, I’m still a hack!

Musical Influences:  

Pearl Jam, Yes, Nine Inch Nails

Favorite Musical Styles:

Rock, punk, industrial, electronic

My Bass(es):  

Sadly, I don’t even own a bass!  I constantly borrow from friends when I need to track ideas.  I’m a real let down to the bass world!

My Amps and Other Gear:  

I have piles of guitar and drum gear, and too many fx pedals to bother to name, but again, sadly, no bass gear to nerd out about!

Most Amazing Gig so Far:

Probably either the Receiving End Of Sirens reunion show in 2010, or the final Fordirelifesake show, also in 2010 i believe.

Most Embarrassing Moment on Stage:  

Many years ago at a Fordirelifesake show, a label rep came out to see the band. It was the first time this had happened for us, we were excited, and nervous… I attempted to show off and do a guitar spin, but the screws were lose on my strap… the guitar flew off my body and into my amp.  Three strings snapped off, feedback began, and i panicked.  I turned off my amp, and grabbed the mic to freehand and join our singer.  While doing this, I tripped, and fell into the label rep, knocking her into the wall…. I blew it.

What Would You Be Doing If You Weren’t A Musician:

I’m sure I would just be homeless, OR an NBA star if I stuck with it.

What You Can Look Forward to From Me this year:

Hopefully a full-length release from TCWK!

Find Me Online: 

Website www.wearethecompanywekeep.com

Twitter WeAreTCWK

Facebook facebook.com/thecompanywekeep

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