In this April/May 2010 edition of Bass Musician Magazine, I welcome a man who can lay it down in any style of music you can mention, at an amazingly high standard as well. This player is capable of covering all styles, from Hip Hop to Metal, and every thing in between. He has played with some of the most respected artists in the world, and also writes and performs his own material. So let’s get down to business and introduce you all to this month’s Artist in the Spotlight, Mr. URIAH DUFFY, of Whitesnake & Lyrics Born.
BISCUIT: Hi Uriah, and welcome to the Artist’s Spotlight with Biscuit. I hear you have just returned from a well earned rest. May I ask where you spent your vacation, and what were you up to while you were away?
URIAH: Yeah, I was in Colombia with my girlfriend Amy, and it was amazing. One of the reasons that she picked Colombia was because it was a place that I hadn’t been to before, so we thought it would be a good idea to check it out. Just after I got back, I ran off to do two fly-out dates with Lyrics Born, both being freezing gigs in Colorado.
BISCUIT: What were you engaged in musically just before your trip to Colombia, as well as the4 gigs in Colorado? Were you still working with Whitesnake?
URIAH: Well, before taking on any potential travel work, I like to check in with Whitesnake and make sure that we won’t have any scheduling conflicts. Seeing as Whitesnake is on a bit of a touring hiatus this year, I have the freedom to tour with other bands. One of those bands is Lyrics Born, where I am the bassist & musical director. Lyrics is a live Rap guy with a rock funk R&B band backing him.
More recently, I was coming back from the airport today, and stopped by to pick up a CD of an album that I worked on, but had not heard yet. I finally got to hear it at last, although unmixed. It’s a new project with drummer Thomas Pridgen (Mars Volta), a friend I’ve known for many years. It’s Slammin!
BISCUIT: Am I right in saying that you are predominantly a freelance bass player, and that you enjoy playing with many bands and covering all the genres including R&B, Jazz, Rock, soul and pop, as well as funk, rock, and metal as well? Do you have a favourite style of playing?