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Creating an Experience by Allee Futterer

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Creating an Experience by Allee Futterer… We’ve all seen these YouTube videos of Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, the list goes on… but what’s up? Why are their live shows so much more appealing than say your friends rock band performing at the local club? Besides obviously the millions of dollars, thousands of fans, huge arenas and etc., there is really no reason for any band to create any less of an experience than what these lovely gals have going. Living in an age of digital and social media should go to our advantage, not only does every household have a computer but just about everyone is addicted to it. With access to so much, we can use that as a tool to create performances of our own.

Back in the day artists such as Elvis and Led Zeppelin pushed the boundaries of performance in a way that few people had dared, veering away from socially acceptable and delivering much more than a song. It’s important to get in touch with what speaks to your fans and market your production accordingly. For instance New Yorks steam-pop superstar Kiesza has started a movement of neon-goggle wearing patrons that are apart of her and just as important to her performance as she is. Though her shows are relatively low budget she has managed to captivate her audiences and make them feel like they are apart of something much bigger than a club night at New York’s Industry Bar.

Many young performers think that “image is everything” and forget that they actually must embody the image they are presenting. Let’s say you don’t play pop music but that you play hard-core or metal, it’s hard to differentiate your band from all the other long hair djent projects out there. In order to stand out your show must tell a story that has a beginning, a twist, a climax and an ending.  Some things to think about when your building your bands showcase story is the size of your audience, the location of your performance (outdoor/indoor), how many members are in your band and the age demographic. If your audience is say 50+ shooting paint all over them like Gwar might not be a good idea but hey, you could follow Animals As Leaders in getting an awesome pulsing sound wave detector and project that on a massive screen behind you. See what I’m getting at? Maybe it’s not an image that is going to pull in your fans, maybe it’s a throwback song or a medley, or a remix that everyone knows that engages them and gets their attention. Between the Buried is a great example of a band that uses imagery in their music and writes through composed songs that set up a story so that external props don’t have to!

Just like every good book, record, and movie, your show must make sense and have a direction. Once you’ve figured that out you’ll have no problem growing your audience and getting a great response.

Check this out for a great example of a “story”.

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Artist Update With Mark Egan, Cross Currents

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Artist Update With Mark Egan, Cross Currents

I am sure many of you are very familiar with Mark Egan as we have been following him and his music for many years now. The last time we chatted was in 2020.

Mark teamed up with drummer Shawn Pelton and guitarist Shane Theriot to produce a new album, “Cross Currents” released on March 8th, 2024. I have been listening to this album in its entirety and it is simply superb (See my review).

Now, I am excited to hear about this project from Mark himself and share this conversation with our bass community in Bass Musician Magazine.

Photo courtesy of Mark Egan

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Review: Minuendo Lossless Earplugs Live 17dB

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Review: Minuendo Lossless Earplugs Live 17dB

Minuendo Lossless Earplugs Live 17dB…

Minuendo Lossless Earplugs Live 17dB – Hearing protection has always been front and center on my mind because I love music so much, I cannot imagine my life if I were unable to hear.

You might remember back in 2021, we had a good look at the Minuendo Lossless Earplugs featuring adjustable protection. This system has a lot of very good features but there was always the question of how much sound attenuation to choose.

Now, the great folks at Minuendo have come up with a new version of their earplugs that has a set 17dB noise reduction. You still get a lot of the great features of the adjustables but you just don’t have to think about the specific sound level. In addition, this new version of earplugs comes at a very attractive price point.

For more information, visit online at Minuendo.com

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Review: The Bastard Instrument, A Cultural History of the Electric Bass by Brian F Wright 

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Review: The Bastard Instrument, A Cultural History of the Electric Bass by Brian F Wright 

I was intrigued when The Bastard Instrument showed up on my desk… let’s dig in!

When we dive into the history of our beloved instrument, the bass, we find roots that go back as far as the 15th century. This instrument was a member of the violin family and was for the longest time, an acoustic instrument. As the years passed and music changed, there was a need for the instrument to evolve and the electric bass was born.

Comparatively, the electric bass is a relatively new instrument with its earliest appearances dating back to the 1930s and it is exciting to be an electric bass player while this history unfolds around us. Fortunately for us and future generations to come, Professor Brian F. Wright has taken on the herculean task of documenting the trajectory of the electric bass with this excellent book.

The Bastard Instrument presents an extraordinary amount of fine details about the instrument itself, the development of the amplification to handle its output, the pioneers that dared play it, the rapidly evolving music that flourished because of its presence and so much more. 

When I first started reading this book, I noticed that it felt a tad academic, like a textbook (it might be one someday) or a doctoral thesis, but to present all this information accurately, this approach is more than appropriate. Another detail that might be a bit of a spoiler is that the book only gets us up to the late ’60s. I was left wanting more as we know that so much has happened in the bass world since that time frame; I hope there is another volume in the works to get us up to the present!

All in all, “The Bastard Instrument, A Cultural History of the Electric Bass” is a must-read for all of us who play electric bass and understand its essential place in music.

I found that there was a lot that I already knew but also quite a bit that I was unaware of. I believe that to know and understand where you are, you must know the history of exactly how you got here.

Highly recommended.

The Bastard Instrument is available at Amazon.com (beginning July 2024)

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This Week’s Top 10 Basses on Instagram

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TOP 10 Basses of the week

Check out our top 10 favorite basses on Instagram this week…

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Interview With By the Thousands Bassist Adam Sullivan

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Bassist Adam Sullivan…

Hailing from Minnesota since 2012, By the Thousands has produced some serious Technical Metal/Deathcore music. Following their recent EP “The Decent”s release, I have the great opportunity to chat with bassist Adam Sullivan.

Join me as we hear about Adam’s musical Journey, his Influences, how he gets his sound, and the band’s plans for the future

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