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Getting You Name Out There : Tips for Up-and-Coming Bassists with Carl Dawkins

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Meet Carl Dawkins –

So I hope you all enjoyed the last article, I had a lot of positive feedback from it, and seeing as we have now covered some of the more depressing aspects about the career, we can focus on the more uplifting side of getting ahead in the music industry.

I am currently writing this article from a tour bus in Germany next to my good friend/guitarist Steve Collinson, who I met six months ago when working for his now defunct metal band ‘Breedapart’. Now, the interesting thing is that we are both out here in Germany, playing rock/pop music. (The Chilli Fighters). I got this gig because of the work that we had done previously, which, although it was of a totally different genre (metal), they felt as though I would be right to work with him on this venture. A lot of the work most bass players get will be through recommendation.

Now I know a lot of you will be sitting there reading this saying ‘but how do I get people to mention my name’ – There is no definitive answer, but there are some helpful tips I can give to make sure you start getting your name out there.

The first and most important, is that when you’re starting up, let every person you come into contact with know that you’re a bass player and your looking to work with different bands/are available (even if you’re not currently available). I guarantee you will feel silly the first few times, and your mates may even ask you to shut up if you’re on a night out and mentioning to people about your playing, but it’s imperative you let every person you come into contact know what you do, because you never know who someone might know, or who might over hear a conversation and need a bassist.

To aid this, I advise getting a load of business cards printed up, I have put a photo of mine at the bottom, always take a few with you and hand them out everywhere. This does mean that you should keep your phone number/website the same for a few years, as a couple of years down the line you might get a phone call/email from someone who had your details from a year ago. My number is available all over the internet and in magazines, the local directories ect – this does mean you might get the occasional prank call, but I’ve only had three in the last 2 years, and they have all been rather amusing!

Let your parents, your teachers, your friends parents and even your pets know that you’re looking for work, mention it more than once, be persistent, because then people won’t forget and if it ever gets brought up in conversation you will be remembered.

A very important note to remember, is you never know what may come out of a job, for example I never knew working for a metal band would score me some really good gigs in Germany and across the UK! With every job, you should always give it your all, no matter what level it is. Because impressions are everlasting and if you leave a good mark and do your job properly, then it it’ll rub off and could lead you onto more work. If you put no effort in, and do a bad job, you will just remembered as being an unprofessional player and a bad choice. You have then just lost your chance of them ever forwarding your details on and probably ever being called back to work for them. This term is called ‘burning bridges’ and it does happen, but the idea is to keep these to a minimum – we will cover more on this in the next issue.

Now the above points do take a while to sink in, and for the first 3-8 months, it may feel like it’s all been for nothing, but occasionally you will get a phone call/email with someone saying ‘I got your details from…’ and when that comes, you know all the promotion and constant talking to people has paid off, and believe me, if you keep at it, it will eventually!

In the next article we are going to focus on internet promotion and the different sites you should be signed up to, to maximize visibility in the music industry. We will also cover a bit more on minimizing losing contacts.

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Working-Class Zeros: Episode #3 – John Patitucci IG Video, The Summer Festival Gig, iPads on Stage

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WORKING-CLASS ZEROS With Steve Rosati and Shawn Cav

In this episode we cover John Patitucci’s IG video about saying ‘no’ to the gig, the Summer Festival gig, and iPads on stage (sure it’s awesome but is it necessary?)

These stories from the front are with real-life, day-to-day musicians who deal with work life and gigging and how they make it work out. Each month, topics may include… the kind of gigs you get, the money, dealing with less-than-ideal rooms, as well as the gear you need to get the job done… and the list goes on from there.” – Steve the Bass Guy and Shawn Cav

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Interview With Bassist Curly Hendo

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Interview Wity Bassist Curly Hendo

Bassist Curly Hendo…

Hailing from Sydney, Australia, bassist Curly Hendo has been super busy. Starting with dance from a young age, Curly took up bass shortly after and has been going strong ever since. She has collaborated with numerous acts worldwide and is an in-demand session/touring bassist and musical director.

Join me as we learn about Curly’s musical journey, how she gets her sound, and her plans for a very bright future.

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This Week’s Top 10 Basses on Instagram

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TOP 10 Basses of the week

Check out our top 10 favorite basses on Instagram this week…

Click to follow Bass Musician on Instagram @bassmusicianmag

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New Album: Ben Mortiz, MORENO

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New Album: Ben Mortiz, MORENO

The Chilean bassist, producer and sociologist, Ben Mortiz, celebrates the launch of his latest studio work, “MORENO” an album that mixes jazz, soul, and funk following the characteristic Latin style of  Mortiz. The artist completely produced the album under the label “Fallen Lab Records” in the south of Chile.

“MORENO” brings deep and smooth sounds, expressing a sophisticated and elegant Latin vibe. You will find meditative harmonies and joyful melodic voices. The record’s core is the human vibration that Mortiz feels from the Latin American music. The Caribbean rhythms and strong Latin percussions are the musical glue in every song that emerges with the force of the electric bass.

“MORENO” creates a real connection between corporal reactions and mind sensations, always in reference to the originality of Mortiz to fuse modern and classic Latin sounds.

For more information, visit online at danielbenmortiz.com/

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New Gear: Phil Jones Bass X2C Dual Compressor/Effects Loop

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New Gear: Phil Jones Bass X2C Duel Compressor/Effects Loop

Step Into X2C With Phil Jones Bass Dual Compressor/Effects Loop…

Phil Jones Bass latest pedal innovation is the X2C Dual Compressor with Dual Effects Loop for performance and recording. The X2C incorporates advanced compressor circuit technology and provides comprehensive tone control with a dual crossover feature which divides the signal into frequency bands ranging from 100Hz to 500Hz, ensuring exceptional clarity and dynamics in tone refinement. 

With insert jacks on each band, the X2C unlocks limitless creativity, enabling players to use various FX pedals for custom tone sculpting. Additionally, it functions as an electronic crossover, ideal for driving high-performance, 2-way bass rigs.

PJB’s Dual-Band compression design is more flexible than standard single-band compressors and provides a more natural and transparent sound. It also provides greater control over shaping and managing dynamics where standard compressors affect the entire frequency spectrum of an audio signal.  

PJB’s dual compressor enables the player to shape specific frequency ranges of an audio signal which allows for compressing the low frequencies while preserving the high frequencies, or vice-versa. Treating the low-end with a dedicated band also allows for heavy compression without affecting the midrange frequencies, which carry the attack of the sound. 

Effects can be plugged into the insert jacks on the X2C and controlled separately. As an example, the lows can be adjusted separately for an overdrive pedal while the highs can be controlled for a chorus. 

Dividing the audio spectrum into fundamental frequencies and harmonics is also effective in the enrichment of slapping techniques. The low frequencies can be compressed without changing the dynamics of the “slap”. By controlling the low frequencies and focusing the attack on the slap the amplifier will sound louder while avoiding overloading of the amp or speakers. The low band can be compressed without the harmonics being affected. In addition, the send jacks can go to different amplifiers/speakers for a bi-amplification set up.

Compact and potent, the X2C embodies studio-grade excellence, setting a new standard for dynamic processing in an uncompromising, portable pedal. The street price is $359.99.

Visit online at www.pjbworld.com

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