Born In What City:
Los Gatos, CA
Current Band(s) I Play With:
- Beta State
- James Durbin (American Idol)
- Young Science
Former Bands I Have Played With:
- So Help Me God
- The Industry
- Northern Son
CD’s I’ve Released/ Been a Part Of:
- Beta State- “Stars”
- Beta State- “#Friendship
- Young Science- “Schizofriendly”
- Young Science- “Young Science” EP
Describe The Way You Play Bass:
I’m all about playing what’s feels right for the song. Nothing too fancy, just always in the pocket. Some of my favorite bass lines are only 3 notes. Its all about the groove. I like to use a pick mainly for more of a gritty sound.
What Made Me Decide to Play Bass:
Even as a toddler I loved music. When I was older I wanted to play guitar but at the same time wanted to play drums. I started playing bass because I get to play drums on guitar. Basically I can groove like a drummer but still play along with the basic root notes of the guitar. Plus all my friends told me there weren’t enough bass players in the world. I still agree!
Radiohead, Bjork, Sigur Ros, Coldplay, The Foo Fighters, The Strokes, Jimmy Eat World, Blink-182, Daft Punk, Michael Jackson.
Favorite Musical Styles:
Lover of all music!
- 1997 Fender American Precision Bass
- 2008 Fender American Precision Bass
- Custom Precision Bass w/ Lollar Pick-Ups
- 1977 Gibson Grabber (Studio only)
- 2000 Fender Mustang Bass w/ Vintage Seymore Duncan’s (Studio only)
My Amps and Other Gear:
- Mesa Boogie M9 Carbine Bass Amp
- Mesa Boogie Powerhouse 6×10 Bass Cabinet
- Tech 21 Sansamp RBI
- Digitech Bass Overdrive
- Boss TU-3 Tuner
- TC Helicon Voice Live Play
- Shure SM58 Dynamic Microphone
- Sennheiser ew 300 IEM G3 In-Ear Wireless Monitor System
- Westone ES3 Ear Buds
- Mesa Boogie
- Dean Markley Strings
Best Bass Advice You Ever Received:
“Play consistent and stay on time”. Words of wisdom you just can’t live without!
One Piece Of Advice For Other Bassists:
The best advice I can give is to just listen to music and learn what you love. Eventually you will develop you’re own way of thinking musically.
Favorite Quote or Life Philosophy:
“If not now when? If not you who”? -Jason P.
Most Amazing Gig so Far:
Oracle Area, “Not So Silent Night 2011”. Beta State opened for Green Day, Mumford and Sons, Florence + The Machine, Bush and Young The Giant. Need I say more!?
Selling Out Madison Square Garden or Whembly Stadium would be ok I guess 🙂
Best NAMM Moment:
Meeting Drake’s Producer Noah “40” Shebib. He has incredible insight on music and production. His approach to song writing is very unique and something I look up to.
Most Embarrassing Moment on Stage:
Tripping on stage is never fun. I can think of a few occasions and they are all equally embarrassing. Sometime you really got to get down!
Favorite Tip to Share on Traveling With Your Bass:
Share gear if possible. If its expensive then insure it! Always have a good hard case.
What Would You Be Doing If You Weren’t A Musician:
It’s really hard to imagine doing anything else. I guess we will never know :- )
What You Can Look Forward to From Me This Year:
Beta State just released our second full length album entitled “#Friendship” as well as a Breaking Bad themed music video that is amazing and I’de love the whole world to check it out. Also, I will be recording bass on James Durbin’s next album.
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