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Franck Hermanny by Kilian Duarte – Bass Musician Magazine January 2012 Issue



Franck Hermanny, Featured Bassist in the January 2012 Issue of Bass Musician Magazine…

Europe has always been known as the birthplace for many top-level contemporary bass guitarists and their upright brethren. From Dominic Di Piazza, Pino Paladino, Linley Marthe, Miroslav Vitous and countless others, the pedigree and quality of European bassists has always been among the hardest working in the world. Franck Hermanny is trying to continue to be among those that have been making strides in advancing the level of bass guitar in the heavy rock and metal genres.

Born in Nimes, France, Franck began his musical life playing the violin at age 6. Since then he has had an eclectic career that has included work with philharmonic orchestras, rock and fusion legends, as well as tours and clinics throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Currently Franck is the spokesman for Ibanez’ new ASHULA line of fretted/fretless basses as well as a Markbass amps and Elixir coated strings endorsee.

His reputation is most well known as the man responsible for holding the low end for symphonic metal band Adagio, whose blend of classical string elements, epic metal roots, and prog back bone technicality, have landed Franck and the band fans that stretch from NYC to Tokyo, with the greatest concentration in their European homeland. For 2011 Franck plans on recording a solo CD, as well as recording Adagio’s 5th studio album, as well as doing more clinic work and sharing bass to the world. He was kind enough to share some answers with us regarding his bass world.

As someone who began their musical training at 6 on violin, what do you believe you gained on it that helped you translate your voice onto bass?

Even if violin and electric bass are really different instruments, music theory is the same, notes are the same, and ears are used the same way! I think violin was great to begin with, because even if I don t play it anymore, it helped me a lot, ear training wise. Plus, I learned theory, scoring, and passion for classical music as well.

Adagio is a band that blends the traditional sounds of classical music with the modern aggressively of metal. How do you find a tone that works well to cut through the mix, yet not sounds out of place with the strings?

Well, honestly, in Adagio, on the albums, bass is not the most important/leading instrument. Even if we’re perpetually working on different sounds and experiences, guitar & orchestrations are more “on the front.” On a Live situation with Adagio it’s another story! There’s only one guitar in the band (2,3,4 guitars recorded on albums!), so I’m more «present» in the mix, and I like medium bass tones now. Maybe it helps to “cut through the mix” a little more as you say! My jazz rock-fan year’s maybe…? Concerts allow me to play the songs differently too. I can re-arrange it, add improvisations, and generally, I have a few minutes to express myself with solo pieces during the shows!

As a musician who has toured extensively throughout the world, how do you personally go about preparing for, and completing a lengthy tour physically and psychologically?

When I was 20, I didn’t give a damn about preparing tours, health… ad stuff. Now, I do. (LOL) I try not to eat much, (& eat good things); try to avoid drinking alcohol, and partying. When conditions allow it, there is nothing better than a good night in front of a good movie in a good hotel, when it’s possible! I’ve never been a “sport guy”, but again now, I’m trying to do exercise as much as possible, and a lot of bicycle work.

You have become through YouTube, the spokesman for the new Ibanez Ashula line of fretted/fretless basses. How did you come to incorporate this instrument into your current sound?

And on the Ibanez website as well. I don’t know if I could incorporate this bass on EVERY song/style I’m playing. Depends on the song, or the mood. It’s fun, but I want to use it wisely. The only record I’ve played on with the Ashula is with Adagio guitarist Stéphan Forté’s forthcoming solo album. The short solo I did in the song, The Shadows Compendium, is performed on the Ashula, on the top 2 fretless strings. This is a really an Oriental type song, so, the Ashula bass and its fretless high-notes abilities fits very well. I have my Fretless Ibanez if I want to play an entire fretless part instead of just a theme or solo.

How has your knowledge of scoring and composition helped you as a bassist? And more so, how has it helped you as a musician in general?

Scoring helps a lot, reading music too. When I don’t want to learn 60 songs I’m supposed to, I score some of them, so I can read it later in the moment. It helps for studio sessions as well, teaching bass, learning, or reading scores, which don’t have any tablatures added, like Saxophone, trumpet or piano transcriptions. Composition is another thing. It depends if the song is focused or not on the bass. Sometimes it’s really cool to only focus on rhythm patterns or chords and harmony without thinking “bass parts” only! Most of the time my compositions are inspired by a drum pattern, a theme, or a chord progression, not just bass. What I like as well is to program the bass on the computer. Then, I do not think about the instrument in terms of fingering, abilities, licks, automatic fingers, or reflexes. I sing the bass in my head or use a mouse on a computer to find the good part. And sometimes, you just cannot play it! But, generally, it’s a good way to create original bass lines, I think.

How did you come to the Markbass family, and what is it about their amps that you find help you with your tone the most?

Back in 2008, I was looking for amplification deals and only two names came to my mind—one brand I was playing on for years (but I won’t name it), and the other one, MarkBass. I heard about it and once tried, I thought, these are amazing! I sent an e-mail with my resume and discography to both companies. Only one answered. The good one… LOL. I guess the other company was only interested in bankable artists selling millions of albums. What I like about MB is they’re really a neutral sound. I recognize my sound through it, plus, it’s really light equipment using great and innovative technologies. Finally, the MB people are among the greatest and nicest persons I’ve met in the Industry.

What type of content should Adagio fans expect to hear from your up coming solo effort?

Well something different compared to Adagio. No vocals, instrumental organic progressive/fusion power trio. This project involves my best friend guitarist Richard Daudé. Richard is among one of the most gifted guitarist I know, (along with Stéphan) —amazing guitar skills, technique & extraordinary phrasing, from subtle jazz phrasing to extreme shredding. This record contains all the kind of inspirations and various influences both of us once shared, from Metal, progressive & fusion bands, the 80’s guitar heroes “Shrapnel era”, jazz-rock bands, movies soundtrack composers, and much more!! No compromises, just music, filled with some bass interludes and a few famous guests to be announced!

When heading into the studio for Adagios 5th album, what are your plans to prepare, and make it a great record?

Well, we’re working on the album, and the demos are pretty good so far. Our new singer Kelly Sundown Carpenter is just amazing! We’ve already worked with him when we toured in Japan, back in 2007. Now, I don’t think there are any “plans”. We’re doing our best to record a good album, that’s for sure. I try to find good and efficient bass lines working on the demos. This time, I’ll spend a lot of time choosing right basses and right effects for my bass work. Normally, I only have a couple of days to record the whole album. I’ll take time for the next album. Musically, we’re back to the “Underworld” period, really orchestral, really dark, a lot of contemporary influences, and virtuosity stuff. We’re also planning a record/one-time show with the ONL (Orchestra National de Lille) one of the greatest French symphonic orchestras. Famous French director Jean-Claude Casadesus should direct it. It’s planned for a 2013 release (it’s a long process!).

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Leland Sklar, Over Half a Century of Bass, March 2024



Leland Sklar, Over Half a Century of Bass, March 2024

We all have enjoyed Leland Sklar’s Bass lines for over half a century.

You might remember that we had him on our cover back in 2017 and did an update when he launched his book “Everybody Loves Me” in 2020. It was exciting to hear that The Immediate Family had got back together in the studio to work on their own music in 2019 and are now up to two albums.

Just last December, Magnolia Pictures released a documentary titled “Immediate Family” where we got a behind-the-scenes look at the massive contributions Danny Kortchmar, Waddy Wachtel, Ross Kunckle, Leland Sklar and Steve Postell have made in countless songs that are the very essence of our daily personal musical soundtracks. Seeing the astronomical roster of performers they have supported over many years is very eye-opening. It is a must-see for any music lover!

Now, I am thrilled to bring you a special chat with Leland Sklar where we go more in-depth into the bass side of his musical journey.

Photos: Header, Rob Shanahan – Cover Photo, Jay Gilbert/Chris Schmitt

Skin In the Game – 
from new album Skin In The Game

The Toughest Girl In Town – 
from new album Skin In The Game

Fair Warning – –
from the self-titled album The Immediate Family

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Ricky Phillips, STYX Bass And More – February 2024



Ricky Phillips, STYX Bass And More, January 2024

Ricky Phillips, STYX Bass And More…

This Week’s Top 10 Basses on Instagram

I have always been a huge Styx fan. Their music kept me awake during countless nights studying and gave my imagination a place to escape when I had a moment to take a break. 

I had the immense opportunity to chat with STYX bassist Ricky Phillips for our August Cover in 2017 and follow his projects as time passed. Now, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to catch up with Ricky as he has been super-busy over the past six years. 

Join me as we take a deep dive into the band’s most recent album “Crash the Crown” and EP “The Same Stardust”. Ricky shares some insights into the herculean team effort behind the scenes and the musical process that keeps them ever so busy and how he has updated his sound. 

Without further ado… Here is Ricky Phillips!

Photo: Jason Powell

“Crash of the Crown” lyric video

“Reveries” lyric video

“Save Us From Ourselves” lyric video

“Sound the Alarm” lyric video

“Too Much Time On My Hands” Zoom video 2020

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Jeff Pilson, Foreigner Low End – January 2024



Jeff Pilson - Bass Musician Magazine - January 2024

Jeff Pilson, Foreigner Low End – January 2024…

Those of us who were around back in the 70’s remember how certain songs on the radio resonated with us. It turns out that many of these iconic melodies came from Foreigner and they were part of our personal soundtracks! 

After all these years, the band is going as strong as ever with Jeff Pilson firing away on bass midstream into a 2-year farewell tour. 

I am excited to be able to bring you all the details about Jeff’s musical Journey, the farewell tour in progress, how he gets his sound and his plans for the future.

Cover Photo: Krishta Abruzziini / Video Photos: Krishta Abruzzini, Karsten Staiger, Gina Hyams

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Rodney O’Quinn, Rockin’ Hard Through the Years – December 2023



Rodney O'Quinn, Rockin’ Hard Through the Years – December 2023

Interview With Foghat Bassist Rodney O’Quinn…

Rodney O'Quinn - Bass Musician Magazine - December 2023-v2

Many rock fans have enjoyed music by Foghat, who originally formed in London back in 1971.

Over the many decades of playing, the band members have changed, leaving behind only Roger Earl as the only original member. Bassist Rodney O’Quinn left the Pat Travers Band and joined the group in 2015 and has been laying down the low end for this iconic quartet keeping the Foghat legacy alive. With a new album titled “Sonic Mojo” which dropped on November 10th, the band is as busy as ever and there is lots of very tasty music to come.

Join me as we learn of Rodney O’Quinn’s musical journey, how he gets his sound, and his plans for the future.

Jake Coughlin
Video Thumbnail, Tom Apathy
Photos used in the video: Kerry Quinn, Chuck Lanza, Kim Granger, Kenneth Strohm, Jake Coughlin, Jay Jylika

1st Single from Sonic Mojo – Official “Drivin’ On” 

2nd Single from Sonic Mojo – “She’s a Little Bit of Everything Official Video

 “Road Fever”- California Mid State Fair – Paso Robles, CA – 7-27-22

“Stone Blue” – Rodney O’Quinn Bass/Lead Vocals – Don Odell’s Legends – Woonsocket, R.I – 10/15/22 – The Stadium Theater

The Earl’s Court – Season 2, Episode 7: Funny Guys 

“I Just Want to Make Love to You” – CasinoRama – 6-9-23 

FOGHAT “Somebody’s Been Sleepin’ in My Bed” – Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT – 1/28/22

“I Just Want to Make Love to You” – California Mid State Fair – Paso Robles, CA – 7-27-22

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Suzi Quatro, Eternal Powerhouse – November 2023



Suzi Quatro, Eternal Powerhouse – November 2023

Interview With Bassist Suzi Quatro…


It is always exciting to have the opportunity to talk to an artist who has been prolific for decades.

Suzi Quatro has been rocking our world since the sixties and has been super-creative as a bassist, musician, actress, singer, songwriter, author, radio show host and so much more. Most recently, Suzi released a new album titled “Face to Face” where she joined forces with KT Tunstall and together they are a force of nature. (See our video with Suzi about the album release)

Join me as we hear about Suzi’s musical journey, her many projects, how she gets her sound and her plans for the future.

Here is Suzi Quatro…

Suzi Quatro & KT Tunstall – “Truth As My Weapon” (Official Music Video)

“Shine A Light” music video (from the upcoming album)

“Bad Moon Rising” music video (from 2022):

Bass-Solo / Live in Prah? 1979

Glyserine Queen / Bass solo – Tampere Finland

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Video – Andrew Whitton
Cover and Header Photo – Courtesy of Suzi Quatro

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