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Charles Dolan, Bass Musician Magazine Q&A

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Bass Musician Magazine Q&A with Bassist Charles Dolan…

Name:
Charles Dolan

Born In What City:
Oyster Bay, NY

Current Band(s) I Play With:
Tauk, Hip Cat is Dead Man

CD’s I’ve Released/ Been a Part Of:
Tauk – Pull Factors, The Knocks – Magic,

Describe The Way You Play Bass:
My first priority is to stay in the pocket and support the musicians playing around me. I feel as a bass player my goal is make everyone sound better by embellishing what they are doing while holding down the fort.

What Made Me Decide to Play Bass:
I really wanted a drum set in 7th grade for my birthday, I got a bass instead and haven’t looked back since!

Musical Influences:
Jaco Pastorius, Rocco Prestia, Paul Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Radiohead, and Ludwig Von Beethoven.

Favorite Musical Styles:
Hard to get away from old school Funk, Soul, Rock & Jazz. I also love Fusion, R&B, Hip Hop, Electronic music, modern/new jazz, Classical, Reggae & Pop. I find it really hard to write off any style of music… No matter what genre it is, someone somewhere is taking it to new and interesting places, I try to accept it all.

My Bass(es):
I almost exclusively play my Clifford Roi 5 string. Every now and then I’ll break out the 68′ Fender P-bass with some flats and go to town!

My Amps and Other Gear:
I most often play through my 2×12 Brickhouse Cabinets with a Walter Woods Blue Light Amp. If the gig is big enough, I’ll bring out the 70’s Ampeg SVT Head and 8×10 combo.

Best Bass Advice you’ve Ever Received:
Use your ears and your feelings.

One Piece Of Advice For Other Bassists:
Take chances and take them with confidence.

Favorite Quote or Life Philosophy:
A goal is not always meant to be reached… it’s often serves simply as something to aim at. -Bruce Lee

Most Amazing Gig so Far:
Opening for Robert Randolph and the Family Band at Terminals 5 in NYC. Got to sit in with Robert playing “When The Levee Breaks” by Led Zeppelin

Dream Gig:
Headline Radio City Music Hall (My favorite venue)

Most Embarrassing Moment on Stage:
NYU Freshman Jazz ensemble at Starbucks in Washington Square Park… My turn to solo, where are we in the song again???…HELP!!!

Favorite Tip to Share on Traveling With Your Bass:
Pack light, your back will thank you for it later.

What Would You Be Doing If You Weren’t A Musician:
It’s hard to imagine anything else at the moment… Maybe making an iPhone app, I feel like all my friends are doing that.

The Question No One Ever Asks Me, But I Have Been Dying to Share:
I have been doing an apprenticeship with legendary luthier Roy Hutchinson of Clifford Roi Basses out of Long Island. There is no one out there who puts more thought, skill and love into building basses.

What You Can Look Forward to From Me in 2012:
Tauk will be hitting the road hard! Look for us playing around the east coast!

Find Me Online:

Website http://www.taukband.com/

Twitter https://twitter.com/#!/taukband

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/taukband

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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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