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If you don’t know who Evan Brewer is, you should. While he is best known for his works in Reflux (Washington DC) featuring Tosin Abasi of Animals of Leaders and Ash Avildsen-founder of Sumerian Records and Animosity (San Francisco) featuring Navene Koperweis of Animals of Leaders, Evan is much more than a bassist with a track record of playing metal. He recently released his first solo album  “Alone” with the hope of changing the game of bass playing as we know it.

Blessed enough to grow up in the Nashville scene, he had to opportunity to work with Regi Wooten as his mentor and now close friend. They continue to have a relationship much like the old days of music education where there were no “music schools” just a teacher and their student. In return Evan also teaches private lessons, “I always make an effort to teach as many private lessons as possible because I feel a strong obligation to help players remain inspired and learn.” Aside from the apparent extensive harmonic knowledge demonstrated on “Alone” it is also clear how committed he is to each note. At some points he is even playing two basses! Something that is obviously only achieved through hours of shedding.

“I can see the professors rolling their eyes,” he went on to explain, “I don’t do well with a strict academic approach [to practicing]. I wouldn’t play music if I didn’t have fun doing it.” With that said most of his time practicing is spent focusing on techniques and speed in addition to studying theory. Currently he is playing for The Faceless, a progressive death metal band based out of Los Angeles. When he isn’t shedding or on the road with them he is in his studios writing music, “Alone” was the first of many more Evan Brewer albums to come. Expressing a feeling that many musicians can relate to he went to say,  “Creating the music is easy, the business end seems to be the most difficult part, unfortunately.”

Many young musicians when deciding where to start their careers consider both Los Angeles and Nashville. The climate of LA and Nashville are similar in that they both have vast musical communities with thousands of dedicated musicians, with lots of opportunity. Though the east coast perception of LA is about as laid back as it gets, Evan sees Los Angeles as a place of business and Nashville of a place to come home to shed and record at, “Both serve an equal purpose to me.”

Considered by most of his contemporaries to be one of the bass virtuosos of our day, Evan Brewer has the star like qualities and dedication of musicians of the past. Catch him on the road after the new year with The Faceless!

iTunes Download of “Alone”

http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/alone/id441813179

Evan Brewer Facebook:

www.facebook.com/officialevanbrewer

Evan Brewer Lessons:

evanblessons@gmail.com

The Faceless

Myspace.com/thefaceless

Reflux

Myspace.com/reflux

Animosity:

http://www.myspace.com/animosity

 

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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

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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

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tonynewtonmusic.com/
FB @ TonyNewtonMusic Artist
YTB @ antoniotonynewtonmusic

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