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Emotions: The Musicians Binding Inspiration by Kilian Duarte

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Meet Killian Duarte –

Musicians are a very unique breed. While any profession in the world can be loved dearly and enhanced by a persons passion for it, only the arts really requires a person to channel their frustrations, fears, heartaches, and joy into what they do in order to make the end product become genuine. Every bassist reading this magazine has their reasons for being musically involved, along with some important stories that made an impact on why they play. Whether young or old, black or white, or anything in between, musicians do what they do because it brings them joy.

Throughout the ages we seem to see a pattern. Those artists with great emotional burdens or great emotional triumphs have been the ones that make the music that speaks to our souls. Their often times turbulent, wonderful, depressing, and exciting lives provide a soundtrack for ours. It’s a rare occurrence that one finds themselves in the company of a musician who plays their instrument for the sheer mathematics of it all. Most of us do it for enjoyment, and many of us will use it to escape the here and now. I am not writing this column to be sappy or dramatic. Writing this column, from this author’s perspective, is a long overdue acknowledgement for the reasons we get behind our art that so many publications seem to pass by.

The other day at a gig I was shown how playing bass can really make a powerful difference in a life. I had just finished playing a set that I thought went really well. The band was really tight, and we were all feeling the energy, every part was right on. Normally we play smaller shows, but on this occasion we were part of a CD release show for a friend, and the larger crowd provided just what we needed to really go all out. As I was putting down my bass, still running on a lot of adrenaline and a pre show red bull, a young guy that couldn’t have been more than 19 years old came up to me and introduced himself. I will let him remain anonymous. The story he told made an impact on me.

He told me that he enjoyed the show and that when he was a young teen he himself started playing bass. He had played in some bands in high school and had actually toured for a while across New England. Unfortunately, some time after a stint, he started abusing hard drugs. For about a year he was caught in the grip of addiction barely being able to function or live. After some time and support from his family, he finally went to rehab, twice, and got clean. I gave him my congratulations on overcoming such a terrible situation. “I started to practice every night the second time around, and that’s what saved me from relapsing. Whenever I felt weak I would just schedule a rehearsal or just go to the music store to play to get my mind off my demons.” He said how he transferred the money he spent on drugs over to buying new gear, and would be applying to a college in Boston in January as well. We parted ways, and he gave me a smile. It really reminded me how powerful playing an instrument can be; powerful enough for a person to overcome serious odds. Sometimes we need to be reminded how lucky we are to be doing something we love, and how cool it is to be doing something that requires so much heart. That young player’s strong feeling for the bass saved him from a dark future. Remember…keep playing, and stay positive.

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This Week’s Top 10 Basses on Instagram

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

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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…

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New Gear: Elrick Bass Guitars Headless Series

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New Gear: Elrick Bass Guitars Headless Series

New from Elrick Bass Guitars, Headless Series added to Custom Lineup…

Elrick Bass Guitars is excited to announce the addition of a headless option on hand-carved series bass guitars. Initially previewed on the 2023 Gold Series SLC MkII bass of prolific solo bass practitioner and educator Steve Lawson, a headless bass option is now available to all. According the Elrick, “The excitement surrounding Steve’s MkII SLC bass at 2024 NAMM confirmed that the time is right to add a headless option to our extensive range of custom options.” To date, Elrick instruments have only been offered with traditional headstock construction but, in response to market demand, custom features will now include a headless option in 4-, 5- and 6-string models.

Headless bass guitars share these features with the traditional headstock series:

24 frets + zero fret
exotic wood top
hand-rubbed oil finish
2-way adjustable truss rod
custom Bartolini pickups
custom Bartolini 3-band preamp
fully shielded control cavity
Hipshot bridge
Dunlop Straploks
Elrick Fundamental strings

The headless option can now be selected when submitting custom order requests via the form on elrick.com, contacting the Elrick Sales Office directly, or working with your favorite Elrick dealer.

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Bruegel Masterpiece (1565) Inspires BITE Masterpiece (2023)

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Bruegel Masterpiece (1565) Inspires BITE Masterpiece (2023)…

Flemish Master Pieter Bruegel the Elder probably had many things in mind when painting his Hunters in the Snow in oil on oak wood in 1565. This masterpiece tells plenty of little stories about winterly pastimes and precarious livelihoods in the Early Modern Age. What Bruegel presumably did not have in mind was that this painting would, several centuries later, become one of the most popular ones in fine arts globally, displayed in a permanent exhibition at Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Fine Arts) Vienna. The painting’s popularity was lately taken to a different level as it was replicated by hand to design an exclusive BITE bass.

An international art collector and bass player who regularly visits Vienna to immerse himself in the wonderworld of Kunsthistorisches’ Bruegel Hall asked BITE to replicate the painting on a bass body. BITE Guitars, an Austrian premium manufacturer exporting most of their basses to the US, has become renowned for colorful artwork basses, offering a range of manual and digital techniques. The firm’s art director Peter, a trained scenic painter of Oscar and Palme d’Or rank, specializes in photo-realistic reproductions. He also painted the bass for Robbie Williams’ 2023 world tour by faithfully replicating Robbie’s own stage design onto the tour bass.

Peter copied the Bruegel motif onto the bass body in minute detail, little twigs even by one-hair-brush. Positioning the rectangular image section on the body shape proved to be a special challege that he met by repositioning little elements, a bird here, a horse and cart there.

It all came together in a memorable video shooting in front of the original painting in the Museum’s Bruegel Hall: venerable fine arts, premium handicraft and groovy jazz tunes.

View video at the museum: www.youtube.com/shorts/2evdqfR6gUE

What’s the conclusion of BITE’s client, our Vienna, art and bass lover? “It’s a magical bass! When I touch the strings, I feel warm inside.”

Specs highlights:
Bass model: BITE Evening Star, the proprietary BITE premium model with inward curved horns
Pickups: 2 x BITE 1000 millivolt passive split-coils (PP)
Neck: roasted maple neck and roasted flamed maple fretboard

Price tag incl. insured door-to-door express shipping:
New York: 4726 USD
London: 3645 GBP
Berlin: 4965 EUR

Full specs available at bite.guitars/old-master-bass/

Bruegel Hall at Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna: 
khm.at/en/visit/collections/picture-gallery/the-best-of-bruegel-only-in-vienna/

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Interview With Bassist Ciara Moser

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Bassist Ciara Moser…

Ciara and I sat down for this interview a few months after the launch of her debut album, “Blind. So what?”

Blind since birth, she is a powerhouse of talent; she is not only a professional bassist, but also composes music, and is a producer and educator. I am just blown away by her talent and perseverance.

Join me as we hear about Ciara’s musical journey, the details of her album, how she gets her sound, and her plans for the future.

Visit online:

www.ciara-moser.com 
IG @ moserciara
FB @ ciara.moser

Photos by Manuela Haeussler

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