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Bassist Pablo Della Bella, Beating the Odds

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Bassist Pablo Della Bella, Beating the Odds… Bassist Pablo Della Bella carries a rather inspiring story. Overcoming obstacles became second nature after growing up in Argentina at the peak of its economic hardships and dealing with a very unstable household. As a child he can remember watching commercials for the cruise lines that would port in Buenos Aires, and realizing that he would never be able to afford that lifestyle.

At age seven Pablo began playing the piano though he claims he never liked it, “I wasn’t very captivated by it, but as soon as I discovered the radio and other types of music I started caring about it.” Once he was in high school he had also picked up the guitar. When none of the three bands at his high school had bass players he began to fill in for all of them. Still not completely committed but he was soon invited to a concert that would solidify his decision to play music. His teacher was part of a 13-piece timba band that performed regularly in Buenos Aires, as it was compiled of the best local musicians. Pablo left the event feeling inspired and humbled, and from then on dreamed of playing in that band.

“I always tried to stay busy, studying long hours and accepting every gig I was offered.” At 16 he began playing as a studio musician, a bass player for 3 salsa bands, and even a musical director for a salsa band. In the studio he also was a co-producer on the renowned Argentinian album “Bossa n’ Tango”. As if he wasn’t already an over-achieving sixteen year old, his successes brought him to a rock band that did multiple dates on national television!

At the peak of his childhood career, his family faced a great tragedy and he was forced out of his home. As he began looking and exploring options, he realized that if he wanted out of Argentina he had to learn to read music. Because there was no text on sight-reading available to him he used logic and taught himself to read. (ex: 4/4=4 quarter notes=4 beats of equal value) With this principle in mind he began auditioning for cruise ships and after being turned away twice was accepted on Royal Caribbean. Pablo remained with Royal Caribbean for 18 months, travelling the world and doing what he had never thought possible.  While aboard his first ship the musical director had told him about Berklee College of Music and encouraged him to audition in the United States. He auditioned and was accepted but remained with Royal Caribbean for another year, during that year he was promoted to Musical Director on another ship.

In coming to the United States and being enrolled in school Pablo quickly got connected with well-known acts throughout New England. Currently he is writing and playing for acts such as The MoonLighters, Night Life Orchestra and Sweet Tooth and The Sugarbabies. Recently he wrote a small book called “Sight Reading for the Contemporary Musician” filled with 44 tips, he wished he would have had when getting started.  He explained, “I didn’t want to write an extensive book, but something that can be carried in a small bag when it’s time to practice, so the musician can start applying the techniques right away.” This guide will be available in all major music retailers in the United States in February.

For more information on Pablo please visit:

www.pablodellabella.com

www.sugarbabiesband.com

www.nightlifeorchestrari.com

 

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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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