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Matt Gold, Bass Musician Magazine Q&A

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Bass Musician Magazine Q&A with Bassist Matt Gold

Name

Matt Gold

Born In What City

Las Vegas, NV

Current Band(s) I Play With: 

Goldrush

Former Bands I Have Played With: 

Unnamed high school garage band, later named by my wife as “Two Jews, a Mormon, and Mike”

CD’s I’ve Released/ Been a Part Of: 

All Goldrush, Long Arm’s “Long Arms to Hold You”, Horsehead “It’s Christmastime Again”

Describe The Way You Play Bass: 

I’m always trying to make the song the very best it can be, knowing what my role is, where I need to groove, stay out of the way, or do more to make the song hook you and never let you go!

What Made Me Decide to Play Bass: 

In the fourth grade, when we were getting to decide which instruments we were going to play, I was sitting on the floor, and my teacher (Hi, Mrs. Dunlap!) brought in this giant bass and stuck the endpin in the floor right in front of me and started to shake the room.  I could really feel it, and I’ve been a low-frequency junkie ever since.  Was I really going to choose to keep playing the violin?!

Musical Influences: 

I learn from everything!  From the Liber Usualis, Monteverdi, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Mahler, Prokofiev…  Miles, Motown, Stax, The Beatles, Yes, Van Halen, Steve Vai, The Scorpions, Whitney Houston, Frank Sinatra, Busta Rhymes, Mos Def, Rodrigo y Gabriela, K-Paz de la Sierra…  Weird enough for ya?

Favorite Musical Styles: 

I love’m all! (see above) In high school I was all about hair metal and lightning guitar playing. I met my wife in college and learned allllll about The Beatles (Hi, Treesa!), and now it’s kind of a free-for-all. For bass playing and this band specifically, the more I can channel Paul McCartney and James Jamerson, the better!

My Bass(es): 

Rumano Solano Panormo copy, blue-soon-to-be-purple Squier P-bass

My Amps and Other Gear: 

SWR Super Redhead, GK410 cabinet, Headway EDB-1 Preamp, BBE Sonic Stomp, BBE Opto Stomp Compressor

Best Bass Advice I’ve Ever Received: 

In grad school, a friend of mine walked into my lesson and asked how I was doing.  I responded derogatorily “Slashing through Mozart, as always”. My friend laughed and left the room, right before my teacher REALLY let me have it.  He had never been so stern with me.  He coldly looked me deep in the eye and told me that I was wasting my time with concerning myself with how good or bad I was, and needed to focus on what the music needed to be better, and what I had to do to get it there.  He had never said anything like that since, and it really stuck with me.

One Piece Of Advice For Other Bassists:  

It’s very important to learn what the role of the bass is, and to stay true with what is needed in whatever style of music you’re playing.  More often than not, the bass plays a very simple but crucial role.  What’s most important in those settings, is making sure the timing, style and pitch is right with the rest of the group.  There’s so much to be said about a bass player that’s really on top of the beat, in-tune and is playing with a lot of style.

Favorite Quote or Life Philosophy: 

Treat others as you’d like to be treated.

Most Amazing Gig so Far: 

Opening up for The Head and The Heart at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC.

Dream Gig: 

Musical guest and HOST of Saturday Night Live!

Most Embarrassing Moment on Stage: 

Every time I open my mouth to contribute to stage banter, I’m always talking over Treesa and I stop.  So I don’t do it anymore!

Favorite Tip to Share on Traveling With Your Bass: 

Never trust ANYTHING that goes on in a bar.  No one is going to look out for your instrument other than you.

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

Wishing I were a musician.

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

Well, I teach a lot, so I get asked a LOT of questions…  I guess the one thing that doesn’t get spoken about enough is coordination.  It’s the key to being able to do anything, and it’s so simple.  In your mind, you have to know what it is ahead of time you want to do and what it should sound like exactly.  Prepare each note with both hands before you have to play it, and wait for the EXACT right moment you let it go.  If you’re waiting on each note, you’re ready to go faster.  If there’s a spot you’re not prepared for, figure out what’s keeping you from preparing it ahead of time, fix it, and go on.

What You Can Look Forward to From Me This Year:

Goldrush may be coming to your town!  Look us up!

Find Me Online: 

Website www.goldrushlovesyou.com

Twitter @Goldrushtweets, @purplebassmagic

Facebook @ facebook.com/goldrushtheband

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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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