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Bassist Matthew Jurasek – Bass Musician Magazine Q&A

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Meet Bassist Matthew Jurasek in this Bass Musician Magazine Q & A…

Name: 

Matthew Jurasek

Born In What City:

Bergenfield NJ

Current Band(s) I am playing with:

D & M

Former Bands I Have Played With:

Zero Strikes Back, The Matthew Curran Band, MTM Trio, Outside The Box

CD’s I’ve Released/ Been a Part Of:

D&M – Wait For Me EP – (April 2012)

Matermathu – Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City (Nov. 2011)

Describe The Way You Play Bass:

It has been drilled into my head through schooling that the bass defines the composition. I try to do this by adding subtle melodic lines to everything I play.

What Made Me Decide to Play Bass: 

Bassists always have work. Really though, I played guitar and piano before I ever considered bass, and I quickly realized that everyone is always looking for a bassist.

Musical Influences:

Matt Grundy from Donovan Frankenreiter’s band is a major influence on my style, as well as Roy Mitchell-Cárdenas from Mutemath. These guys push the boundaries in a sense, and keep coming up with innovative lines. Other major influences range from Noel Redding and Billy Cox, to Jaco Pastorius and Charles Mingus.

Favorite Musical Styles:

Anything that grooves, including disco and maybe a little polka in there too.

My Bass(es):

Fender Aerodyne Jazz Bass

Warwick 5-string Corvette Std.

My Amps and Other Gear:

Acoustic – 260 100W 1×10” Mini-stack

Electro-Harmonix – Bass Micro Synthesizer

Best Bass Advice You’ve Ever Received:

If you play a wrong note, play it again and its jazz.

One Piece Of Advice For Other Bassists:

If you play a wrong note, play it again and its jazz.

Favorite Quote or Life Philosophy:

Don’t eat the yellow snow; metaphorically speaking.

Most Amazing Gig so Far:

Every gig is amazing in its own way. Its hard to pick just one, but headlining at the Stone Pony, where I grew up seeing my favorite artists, was probably my most gratifying moment.

Dream Gig:

To play a private recital for Kevin Spacey and Joan Rivers.  And I wouldn’t mind having a headlining spot at City Winery in New York.

Most Embarrassing Moment on Stage:

When I was 14 or 15, someone told me it would be cool if I tried to spin my bass around my body and catch it. Needless to say I failed at that, and ripped the cable out from the amp and it nailed me in the head.

Favorite Tip to Share on Traveling With Your Bass:

Always have it close to you. I usually don’t trust anyone else to look after my things.

What Would You Be Doing If You Weren’t A Musician:

I’d probably be working in a fish market in NJ somewhere. But I could never see myself not playing music.

The Question No One Ever Asks Me, But I Have Been Dying to Share:

How much can you bench – and the answer is 6 reps of 5,230 pounds….. on a bad day.

What You Can Look Forward to From Me this Year:

D&M will be touring a lot this summer, so look out for updates on our website: www.wearedandm.com Check out my Facebook for more info about shows!

Find Me Online:

Website www.matthewjurasek.com

Twitter: follow me @mathu_john

Facebook: www.facebook.com/matthewjurasek

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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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