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Jarred Irby, Bass Musician Magazine Q&A

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Bass Musician Magazine Q&A with Bassist Jarred Irby

Name:
Jarred Irby

Born In What City:
St. Louis, MO (well, technically Scott Air Force Base, IL)

Current Band(s) I Play With:
The Skies Revolt

Former Bands I Have Played With:
I was supposed to be the “Black” Backstreet Boy, but it did not work out as I expected.

CD’s I’ve Released/ Been a Part Of:
Most Recently, Some Kind of Cosmonaut by The Skies Revolt.  I also have some various rap tracks floating around online somewhere.

Describe The Way You Play Bass:
I use my pinky a lot so I tend to keep my action low.  I usually try and not overplay, and just complement the other instruments/musicians.  However, if I’m playing with a sweet drummer, like Eli (TSR’s drummer), I can sometimes overplay a lil’ if the dynamics are fitting.  I also usually hold my bass kinda high up, I’m not that tall, and I don’t need to look that cool with the bass at my ankles.  I’ll let my abs do that job.

What Made Me Decide to Play Bass:
I had a friend when I was about 11 who played guitar, and his brother played drums.  So it only made sense that I would be the one to play bass.

Musical Influences:
A lot of 90’s rock and modern jazz.  And pretty much anything Earth, Wind, and Fire ever made.

Favorite Musical Styles:
Hip Hop, R&B, 90’s Rock, Synthpop

My Bass(es):
My current live Bass is a Fernandez model I swooped up from Bobby, another guy in TSR.  I also play various Fender and Ibanez models.

My Amps and Other Gear:
My Line6 M13 Stompbox is key to my sound/sounds.  It’s a lil’ toy that has more than enough capabilities, but I use to get some pretty cool sounds out of my bass.

Best Bass Advice You Ever Received:
The most basic advice I received when I was young was to tap my foot while I practiced/played. That has helped me out more than I could have ever imagined.

One Piece Of Advice For Other Bassists:
Try and learn any song you really enjoy.  And try and play not only the bass line, but maybe learn the melody; it will help out in creating your own unique style.

Favorite Quote or Life Philosophy:
“…Just ’cause somethin’ ain’t been done
Don’t mean it can’t be did…” -Shel Silverstein

Most Amazing Gig so Far:
I played at the Sheldon Concert Hall in Saint Louis when I was in High School.  The acoustics were so amazing.  I only played one song, but everything sounded so good there!

Dream Gig:
It would be really sweet to play for a Presidential Gala or something of that sort.  Although I would be sure to not say something to the First Lady in the same way Miles Davis approached Nancy Reagan…

Best NAMM Moment:
Watching Victor Wooten play, MULTIPLE TIMES!  It never gets old… never, ever.

Most Embarrassing Moment on Stage:
I have hit myself in the face with my guitar/bass multiple times.  Once I drew a bit of blood.  It’s pretty embarrassing to get all teary-eyed on stage at the least emotional parts of a show.

Favorite Tip to Share on Traveling With Your Bass:
People steal stuff all the time!  Don’t get jacked on the road!

What Would You Be Doing If You Weren’t A Musician:
If I weren’t a musician, I would probably read and write a lot more, and try my hand at stand-up comedy.  Also, I would probably own some exotic animals.

The Question No One Ever Asks Me, But I Have Been Dying to Share:
No one ever asks me if I have seen the Village People in Concert.  And yes, I have. It was great!

What You Can Look Forward to From Me this Year:
A new digital and vinyl release is coming out next month from TSR.  Also, some new music videos and a tour are happening this fall with TSR.  I’m also trying to see how bad I can be at stand-up comedy.

Find Me Online: 

Website www.theskiesrevolt.com
Twitter @mrjirby
Facebook facebook.com/jarred.irby

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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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