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Artist Spotlight with Biscuit: Interview with Bassist Jerry Scott

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In this month’s issue of Bass Musician Magazine, I’ve interviewed a man who has worked very hard to get where he is today, and has become a real force in the competitive world of top bass players. He has played with some of the most prominent Rock artist’s and bands in the world , and will continue to do so for many years to come. So let’s get down to business and introduce you all to this month’s Artists spotlight…Mr. Jerry Scott.

BISCUIT: Hi Jerry, thank you for taking the time to talk to me for the readers of Bass Musician Magazine, I’m sure they’ll enjoy this one very much my friend.

JERRY: Cool man, thanks.

BISCUIT: I wanted to take you way back if I may Jerry, and begin by asking where you were born and where you grew up in your early years.

JERRY: Well Biscuit, I was born in Bedford Indiana, the same small town that John Cougar Mel encamp grew up in. But for the most part, I spent my time growing up in Florida.

BISCUIT: So you spent your early school years in Florida eh… would you say that you were a model student or a bit of a rebel?

JERRY: Well, I always played in a band in those days too, so does that tell you anything at all.

BISCUIT: Yeah, I think I get the message. You have moved around the U.S. quite a lot over the years, so where are you based out of at the moment my friend?

JERRY: I am in Houston in Texas at the moment, just taking it easy here for a while with the family, and taking care of some business. But I’m thinking of possibly moving back out west to Vegas or Los Angeles.

BISCUIT: Do you think that there are more musical opportunities in a place like L.A.?

JERRY: Oh yeah, absolutely, definitely in the music world for sure, you know.

BISCUIT: Moving on to your musical side, I believe you have been performing professionally since the age of sixteen, is that correct, and when did you first begin playing the bass guitar?

JERRY: In my high school band I was playing guitar as well as singing, and our bass player quit as his grades were going so far down. That led my dad to take me to the pawn shop where he bought me my first bass when I was about fourteen years old. So I started playing the bass and continued to sing as well at the age of fourteen.

BISCUIT: So we have good old dad to thank for the bass playing Jerry we have today, eh my friend?

JERRY: Yeah…good old dad bought me that first bass, and I wish I knew where it was today. I just don’t know what happened to it at all, although I do remember that it was a Univox. That bass was missing the G string tuning key, so I super glued a drum key on the G string tuner instead, ha-ha.

BISCUIT: So what basses do you find yourself using these days Jerry? Am I right in saying that you have an endorsement with Spector, and are they your first choice of bass, and do you use any other basses besides Spector?

JERRY: A Spector Rex is what I use to record with, and I like to record with a five string to get all the real low end stuff down that I need. I also have a ’74 precision bass and my BC Rich too…that I love to play. That has been a great bass, which my brother bought for me when I was fourteen years old and I have had it ever since.

BISCUIT: I know that you are also endorsed by Dean Markley strings, so how did you get that deal, and what are the string gauges that you use?

JERRY: Well, when I joined the band Molly Hatchet back in 2000, I found out that they were one of the first bands back in the 70’s to have an endorsement deal with Dean Markley. So while I was in the band, I built up a pretty good relationship with them. I have been endorsed by Dean Markley ever since then and I love them, and those guys have treated me really great over the years. The gauges I use are usually 45’s you know, the mediums or medium lights. They are great strings, and a great company.

BISCUIT: I see also that you favor SWR rigs as your power output, so what is it that you like most about the SWR gear and what configuration to you tend to use on the road usually?

JERRY: I use two of the 750X heads in a rack and I kind of customized my rig and put it all on one large piece of ply wood with giant castors on it for ease of movement. I have two SWR 4X10 cabs and two 1×15 cabs as well, and it’s all kind of put together with nuts and bolts. It’s just one big monstrous SWR rig on wheels and it sounds really “Killer”.

BISCUIT: What kind of power does that monster kick out on stage then…I would imagine it’s pretty ground shaking?

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Interview With Bassist Ciara Moser

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Interview With Bassist Ciara Moser

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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Interview With Bassist Travis Book

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Interview With Bassist Travis Book

Interview With Bassist Travis Book…

Bluegrass music has had a very solid following over many years and I am always happy to hear from one of the pioneers in that genre.

Travis Book plays bass for the Grammy award-winning band “The Infamous Stringdusters” and has recently released his first solo album “Love and Other Strange Emotions”. As if he wasn’t busy enough, Travis also hosts a podcast, Plays a Jerry Garcia music show with Guitarist Andy Falco, and is constantly gigging locally in his neck of the woods.

Photo, Seyl Park

Visit Online:

www.thetravisbook.com
www.thestringdusters.com
FB @ TheTravisBook
IG @ travisbook

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Interview with Malcolm-Jamal Warner

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Interview with Malcolm-Jamal Warner

Malcolm-Jamal Warner…

I am pretty sure that everyone is aware of Malcom-Jamal Warner’s work as an actor. What may be less known is his work as a director, poet, musician, and most importantly for us, a bass player. With four albums of his own, Grammy nominations and wins, as well as a sizable amount of ongoing live gigs, Malcolm is dedicating a serious amount of his attention to his music.

Join me as we hear about Malcom’s musical journey, projects, his gear choices, and plans for the future.

Here is Malcom-Jamal Warner!

Photos: Dwain Govan @dwain_go / Conrad Montgomery Mckethan @eyeconimages

Visit Online:

malcolmjamalwarner.com
IG @malcolmjamalwar
Twitter @malcolmjamalwar 
Facebook: Malcolm-Jamal Warner

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Interview With The Labex Funk Project

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Interview With The Labex Funk Project

Interview With The Labex Funk Project…

Time really flies when you are having fun! Just over a decade ago, I had the pleasure of interviewing Michel “Labex” Labaki for our July 2013 cover.

At that time, much of our conversation concerned his personal approach to bass playing and his techniques. Fast forward to now and I am pleased to discover Michel’s new endeavor, the Labex Funk Project.

Join me as we meet the band:
Kynion Lanier on vocals
Pablo Batista on percussion
Jake Brightman on Guitar
Daniel Gonzalez on Drums
And Michel “Labex”Labaki on bass

As a bonus, we have the band’s producer Phillippe Dib in on this video chat as well.

Here is the Labex Funk Project!

Visit online:

michellabaki.com
www.facebook.com/MichelLabexLabaki/
www.instagram.com/michellabaki
www.youtube.com/c/MichelLabaki
FB @LabexFunkProject
IG @ Labex Funk Project

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Interview With Bassist Tony Newton

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Interview With Bassist Tony Newton

Bassist Tony Newton…

I am always learning new details about Bass history when I get the opportunity to talk with seasoned players like Tony Newton. Tony, a Detroit native, came up in the golden years of Motown and laid down the low end for countless performers and studio sessions; he has performed on over 25 gold and platinum hit recordings.

As time went by, and the whole Detroit scene dwindled, Tony relocated to LA where he worked a busy schedule, even going back to school to learn about music theory and composition.

Over the years he performed on many historic hit recordings and tours with Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson(music Director), the Temptations, Aretha Franklin, The Funk Brothers and more, as well as working with veteran rock guitarist, Gary Moore in the British group G-Force.

Presently, Tony is super busy and on the verge of releasing a movie titled “Mars Quest” among his numerous other projects.

Join me as we get to enjoy all the history and knowledge that Tony has to share along with the details about his new Signature bass from BITE Guitars named “The  Punchtown Bass”.

Here is Tony Newton…

Photos: Mary K. Brand, Mitch Snyder, Haneefa Karrim, Hans Adamsen

Visit Online:

tonynewtonmusic.com/
FB @ TonyNewtonMusic Artist
YTB @ antoniotonynewtonmusic

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