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Bassist Brandino – Bass Musician Magazine Q&A

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Bassist Brandino – Bass Musician Magazine Interview… Get to know Bassist Kevin “Brandino” Brandon in this Bass Musician Magazine Q&A!

Name:
Kevin “Brandino” Brandon

My Family Is From:
New Orleans, Louisiana

Was Born In:
South Central Los Angeles

Current Band(s) I Play With:
Brandino and Friends

Former Bands I Have Played With:

  • Aretha Franklin 22 Years
  • HB Barnum TV Orchestra Band 18 years
  • Benjamin Wright String Orchestra (Currently)
  • Robby Krieger (of the Doors), etc.

CD’s I’ve Released:

  • Brandino- Midnight Fantasy
  • Brandino – Live
  • Brandino and Friends “Live at Charlie O’s”
  • Brandino – Warwick 7 String Bass
  • Brandino – White Chocolate

CD’s I’ve Been a Part Of: 

  • Will.I.AM. (Black Eyed Peas) 2012
  • Singularity by Robby Krieger of the Doors nominated Best Pop Instrumental Album of the Year 2011
  • Michael Jackson’s album entitled Michael 2011
  • OutKast’s coveted Grammy award winning CD’s for both “Album of the Year” as well as “Best Rap Album of the Year 2005
  • 2007 Grammy-nominated “Album of the Year” and “Best Pop Vocal Album” by Justin Timberlake (FutureSex/Love Sounds)
  • 2006 Grammy winning “Best R&B Album of the Year” Breakthrough by Mary J. Blige
  • 2006 All Star Tribute Record release for Luther Vandross
  • (The Grammy winning song So Amazing by artists Beyonce and Stevie Wonder)
  • Brandy, J1, Jamiroquai, Richard Ashcroft, Jesse McCartney, Joss Stone, Jamie Foxx

All Music Guide listing (not complete):

Describe The Way You Play Bass:
I play bass to support the situation I’m playing in, by making it feel good, locking in the time, and harmonically supporting the ensemble.

What Made Me Decide to Play Bass?
My brother needed a bass player in our family group so I was elected for the job and I’m glad I did because it opened my life up to a lot of great musical & memorable situations.

Musical Influences:
Slam Stewart, Paul Chambers, Ray Brown, Chuck Rainey, James Jamerson, and Wilton Felder.

Favorite Musical Styles:
I like to play all styles of music on both acoustic and electric bass including classical, Jazz, R&B, Blues, Hip Hop, etc.

My (Basses):
Warwick Single Cut Thumb Bass 5 string my favorite right now; also Warwick Streamer 5-6-7-strings; Fretless Warwick Streamer 6; 1959 Fender Precision; 1961 Fender Jazz Bass; 1964 Fender Precision with JP setup; 2 Eastman 5 string acoustic basses; 1900 German round back acoustic bass; 1870 French flat back acoustic bass with low C extension; Brandon Bass 5-string electric upright (German and French-style bows)

My Amps and Other Gear:

Strings D’Addario XL ProSteels, D’Addario Helicore Orchestral and Hybrid (with low B).

Amps Gallien-Krueger Fusion 550 head; Gallien-Krueger 1001RB-II head; Gallien Krueger MB1-12 and MB 2-10 combos;  Gallien-Krueger MB150E-III combo (for upright)

Recording BBE DI-1000 direct box (for electrics); D-TAR Soundspot, D-TAR Solstice Two-Channel Mixing/Blending System, CAD Trion 8000 mic (for upright)

Endorsed By:
Warwick Basses, Gallien-Krueger amplifiers, CAD microphones, IK Multimedia, M Audio, Levy’s Leather, BBE Sound, Presonus, Avid, D’Addario, Seymour Duncan, Roland Corp and many more.

Best Bass Advice You’ve Ever Received:
Make sure you finish school and keep your reading music skills together.

One Piece Of Advice For Other Bassists:
Everybody has something to say on your instrument, so be influenced by the greats, but don’t copy them; be your own person and personality on your instrument, and then you will become great!

Favorite Quote or Life Philosophy:
If you work hard at your craft, have the tenacity to hold onto your dreams and have a work ethic to match, you can and will succeed!

Most Amazing Gig so Far:
Working with Aretha Franklin “the Queen of Soul” is probably the most spiritual gig anybody could be asked to perform with… A Great Honor.

Dream Gig:

  • Get a call to be a MD on a Primetime Network TV Show
  • To do My Bass & Comedy Show on TV
  • To record with The Rolling Stones, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, BB King
  • And record with all the artists I haven’t recorded with yet!!

Best NAMM Moment:
Hanging out with my friends: Larry Graham, Bootsy Collins, Jimmy Earl, John B Williams, and the list goes on.

Most Embarrassing Moment on Stage:
Breaking a string in the middle of a performance of Dream Girls; using a whammy bar on my bass and the string broke during the performance and since it’s a two-and-a-half hour show with no breaks in the bass part, I had to play the show with 3 strings modulating the bass score up and down the neck. (Believe me I never forgot that one).

Favorite Tip to Share on Traveling With Your Bass:
Make sure you have good road case and bring extra strings, cords, and guitar straps. Also, leave enough time to get to the airport on time or you will miss your flight.

What Would You Be Doing If You Weren’t A Musician?
A Scientist, A Baseball Player, A Millionaire – LOL!

The Question No One Ever Asks Me, But I Have Been Dying to Share:
You didn’t ask me the question?

What You Can Look Forward From Me this Year: I’m working on my 2nd Bass book “Brandino’s Melodies and Songbook” Vol 2 for All Treble and Bass Instruments. If time permits I will be releasing an acoustic and electric bass CD’s.

Brandino’s humanitarian organization for inner-city youth, called “You Can Do It If You Try,” is now affiliated with the broadcasting unit start-up South Central TV (SCTV), along with new programs targeted at the disadvantaged and disabled. These programs have been co-developed by Brandino’s non-profit and SCTV, which will hopefully be broadcasting in the summer of 2012 with support of city politicians and investors.

Find Me Online Websites:
professorbrandino.wordpress.com
brandinobass.wordpress.com
brandino.com
youcandoitifyoutry.org

Twitter
twitter.com/#!/Brandinobass

Facebook
facebook.com/profile.php?id=747372052

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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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