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Colin Edwin, Bass Musician Magazine Q&A

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Colin Edwin, Bass Musician Magazine Q&ABass Musician Magazine Q&A with Bassist Colin Edwin

 

Name:

Colin Edwin

 

Born In What City:

Melbourne, Australia

 

Current Band(s)

Porcupine Tree
Ex-Wise Heads
Metallic Taste of Blood
Burnt Belief

Check out a video of the band performing “I Drive the Hearse here:

Former Bands I Have Played With:
Lots, but none worth mentioning.

CD’s I’ve Released/ Been a Part Of:

Solo Albums:  “Third Vessel”  “PVZ”

With Porcupine Tree: “Up the Downstair”, “The Sky Moves Sideways”, “Signify”, “Coma Divine”, “Stupid Dream”, “Lightbulb Sun”, “Recordings”, “Warszawa”, “In Absentia”, “Deadwing”, “Fear of a Blank Planet”, “The Incident”, “Octane Twisted”.

With Ex-Wise Heads: “No Grey Matter”, “Time and Emotion Study”, “Holding up the Sky”, “Liquid Assets”, “Schemata”, “Celestial Disclosure”.

With Random Noise Generator “Random Noise Generator”

With Metallic Taste of Blood – “Metallic Taste of Blood”

With Jon Durant: “Dance of the Shadow Planets”, and our upcoming collaboration “Burnt Belief”

Guest Spots over the last couple of years include: No Man “Schoolyard Ghosts”, Sunday Recovery “Coma”, Memories of Machines “Warm Winter”, Lo-Fi Resistance “Chalk Lines”, Herd of Instinct “Conjure”, The Fusion Syndicate “The Fusion Syndicate”.

Describe The Way You Play Bass:

I aim to create strong, appropriate parts for whatever context I am playing in.

What Made You Decide to Play Bass:

A constant desire to listen to music meant that I felt I had to get involved in playing too, and coming from a family with two guitar players, bass was the natural choice.

Musical Influences:

Many and varied, I am not sure how much of this has seeped through to what comes out of me, but here’s some of them: The Police, Chic, John Martyn, Magazine, Can, Magma, Killing Joke, Gong, Me’Shell N’Degeocello, Ahmad Jamal Trio, Bill Laswell, Charles Mingus, Doug Wimbish, Henry Purcell, Dali’s Car, Brian Eno, Kraan, John Paul Jones, The Smiths, North African Gnawa music, most of the ECM catalogue and Mozart.

Favorite Musical Styles:

As a listener, anything that moves and engages me, I’ve recently discovered the haunting folk music of Ukraine and have been working on an album project with two fantastic singers from Kiev. As a player I can enjoy any setting whether it is improvised or highly structured, I like variety and don’t really have favourites.

My Bass(es):  

Three Spector Euro 435LX’s (one set up for low tuning), Spector NS4H2 Fretless, Basslab Soul IV fretted and fretless, Rob Allen 5 string fretless, Ovation Magnum I and II, Musicman Bongo, Wal fretless, two Wal Fretted basses, Unnamed German upright bass, and a guimbri from Morocco.

My Amps and Other Gear:

EBS Fafner II, with 4 x 10″ Neodymium Cabs, Gigrig Pro 14 switching system with a selection of EBS pedals: Multidrive, Octabass, DPhaser, Tremolo, Bass IQ, Unichorus, Valvedrive and Multicomp. I also use a Digitech Timebender, Boss SL-20 Slicer and more recently the Electro Harmonix Ravish Sitar.

Endorsed By:

EBS, Spector, Basslab

Best Bass Advice You Ever Received:

Think of something to play, and then play half what you first thought of.

One Piece Of Advice For Other Bassists:

Listen intently.

Favorite Quote or Life Philosophy:

“Life is Short, Il Faut Rigoler” from “The Sheltering Sky” – Paul Bowles

Most Amazing Gig so Far:

Very hard to choose just one but probably the Mood Indigo Festival, Mumbai, India in 2009 with Porcupine Tree, the most enthusiastic crowd I think I’ve ever played in front of.

Dream Gig:

If I had a time machine, I’d like to return to 1971 and be the bass player on “Tago Mago”.

Most Embarrassing Moment on Stage:

Not something I can share for legal reasons.

Favorite Tip to Share on Traveling With Your Bass:  

Never believe airline and airport staff who tell you that your fragile equipment will be just fine. Get a strong case, or carry your bass as hand luggage.

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

Travel and Photography are my other consuming passions, so I’d probably try combining the two somehow.

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

If you are a musician; Yes, you should learn to read music, it will open you to all sorts of things, and it won’t hurt your creativity.

What You Can Look Forward to From Me This Year:

Next out will be “Burnt Belief” a new collaborative album with myself and Boston based experimental guitarist Jon Durant, another Ex-Wise Heads album, more solo material and playing live with Metallic Taste of Blood.

Find Me Online:

www.colinedwin.blogspot.com

www.soundcloud.com/colin-edwin

www.exwiseheads.co.uk

 

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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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