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Bassist Jaymz Marcc – Bass Musician Magazine Q&A

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Meet Bassist Jaymz Marcc in this Bass Musician Magazine Q&A…

Name:
Jaymz Marcc

Born In What City:
Pueblo, CO

Current Band(s) I Play With:
Awaken the Empire

Former Bands I Have Played With:
I’ve played with a band called Thoz 1 Guyz and From Here to LA but mostly did a lot of solo stuff

CD’s I’ve Released/ Been a Part Of:
Actually, we (Awaken the Empire) just got done recoding a full-length album and hope to have it released soon! That would be my first “Official” CD release.

Describe The Way You Play Bass:
I play a right-handed bass left handed (so everything is backwards) and on stage I am a very aggressive, reckless, emotional bass player with hints of swag (I would think); I play with dirty, gritty tones and effects.

What Made Me Decide to Play Bass:
When I was younger my older brother listened to a lot of hip-hop and my dad to a lot of funk so I was obsessed with drum and bass from the start; and then I heard Nirvana, with their dirty tones, and craziness on stage, I just knew right then I wanted to play an instrument.

Musical Influences:
Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine, Angeles and Airwaves, Cypress Hill, Pendulum, The Offspring, 311, Pretty Lights, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Queens of the stone age, Switch Foot, Incubus, Pennywise, Jimi Hendrix, Bad Religion, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Rise Against, Queen, Dillinger Escape, Deftones, Hella, Team Sleep, Finch

Favorite Musical Styles:
Punk, digital hardcore, grim, bassline, drum and bass, nu gaze, hip hop, Electronic, Fidget house, breakcore, Thrash, pop, country, Rock/Alliterative, Indy, blues…

My Bass(es):
I use a Flea Street Bass, P Bass (Fender) and a Jazz Bass (Fender).

My Amps and Other Gear:
My amps are Ampeg and Markbass and peddles are Electro Harmonix.

Endorsed By:
Clayton picks and Risk Vs. Reward (RVSR)

Best Bass Advice I’ve Ever Received:
“Why do you play your bass like a guitar and upside down? It doesn’t make any sense and you will never make it in a band playing it that way.” Wasn’t “good” advise but it sure motivated me; I love proving people wrong.

One Piece Of Advice For Other Bassists:
Don’t let anybody tell you how you should play it or what style you should play. Never limit yourself as a bass player. Your style is your uniqueness, and don’t be afraid to stand out as a bass player. People who tell you different… well, just put your middle finger in their face and say what Cartman says, “I do what I want.”

Favorite Quote or Life Philosophy:
“Life’s a garden, dig it.”

Most Amazing Gig so Far:
Playing New Heart For Christmas with Kill Hannah.

Dream Gig:
To play with any band at Red Rocks amphitheater in Colorado!

Favorite Tip to Share on Traveling With Your Bass:
Don’t lose it! Tie it down somewhere in your vehicle because you never know when someone is going to hit your car while your gear is still inside and your bass goes flying out the window. Seat belts please!

What Would You Be Doing If You Weren’t A Musician:
I really don’t know… I would probably have one of those job thingies that everyone talks about.

The Question No One Ever Asks Me, But I Have Been Dying to Share:
Someone: Can you clap with one hand?
Jaymz: Well, yes I can. The End.

What You Can Look Forward to From Me this Year:
Touring, destroying things, shows, music videos, throwing oranges at old people …no, no… I wouldn’t do that… I like my oranges.

Find Me Online:

Website: http://www.awakentheempire.com/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/jaymzmarcc

Facebook: http://facebook.com/awakenthejaymzmarc

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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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