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Bassist Brad “Russo” Russell, Bass Musician Magazine Q & A

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Bassist-Brad-RussellName:
Brad “Russo” Russell

Born In:
Detroit

Current Band(s) I Play With:
Gary Hoey Band, Bass In Yo Face

Former Bands I Have Played With:
Clarence Clemons, Dr Lonnie Smith, Neal Schon, Russell Bros Band

CD’s I’ve Released/ Been a Part Of: 

    • Russell Bros: “Thick Than Water,” “All These Blues”
    • Brad Russell solo cd (featuring Joe Satriani & Gregg Bissonette): “Let’s Hear It!”
    • Mariah Carey: “Vision of Love”
    • Jeff Watson: “Lone Ranger”
    • Ric Derringer: “Electra Blues”
    • Pat Travers: “Blues Tracks”
    • James Murphy: “Convergence”
    • Deen Castronovo instructional video: “High Performance Drumming”

Describe The Way You Play Bass:
Stanley Clarke meets Eddie Van Halen with  some James Jamerson thrown in!

What Made Me Decide to Play Bass:  
My Dad played upright bass, and there always was and old Kay upright leaning in the corner of our basement. When I was about 12 and trying to decide what instrument to play in the school band/orchestra, my Dad said to me ” Play the bass! Everybody needs a good bass player.”

Musical Influences:
Stanley Clarke, Billy Sheehan, Mark King, Eddie Van Halen, Steve Vai and a million more!

Favorite Musical Styles:
Instrumental rock, fusion, jazz and anything written by Bach or Vivaldi!

My Bass(es):
Warwick Thumb bass (4 string w/Kahler tremolo), Warwick Streamer Jazzman ( 5 string), Juzek Upright Bass

My Amps and Other Gear:
Mark Bass Amp ( Little Mark II ), Ampeg Classic 4 10 & 15 cabs, Kahler Bass Tremolo, Radial  Hot British Distortion pedal, Dunlop Bass Crybaby, GHS Boomer Bass Strings ( lights & med lights)

Endorsed By:
Warwick Basses, GHS strings, Radial Engineering, Kahler

Best Bass Advice You Ever Received:
My Dad… “Play the bass, you’ll never be out of work!” Thanks Dad

One Piece Of Advice For Other Bassists:  
I call them the three “T’s” so I guess this is three pieces of advice (smile)

TONE: Always strive for a good clean punchy tone; make sure the other musicians can really feel the bass but still hear the definition of the notes.
TIME: Nobody likes a bass player who can’t be depended on  for the groove- the pulse! Really work on playing in time and learning when to lay back on the beat and when to push it ahead.

TASTE: always try to choose the right notes for both your bass lines , fills & solos. Melodic content is as important as the other two “T’s.”

Favorite Quote or Life Philosophy:
I’ve seen a man get rich playing the blues,but I’ve never seen a rich man play the blues.

Most Amazing Gig so Far:
Well , probably when I was at the University of Miami… I was playing a music convention with the Concert Jazz Band in front of Ron Carter, Rufus Reid and Will Lee, and we played a Jaco composition that featured me on an unaccompanied bass solo!

Dream Gig:
Any gig where I can play my music the way I hear it… and not be told to turn down! ha!

Best NAMM Moment:
Well, this was the funniest… I was playing solo bass @ the Kahler booth and was interupted by a  full mariachi band that came out of nowhere and started performing right next to  me and my little amp! Needless to say, I was upstaged.

Most Embarrassing Moment on Stage:
I once tried to do the 80’s move where you throw the guitar over your shoulder and catch it as it comes around your back.Well my bass never came all the way around, it flew off my shoulder and bounced across the staged. Fortunately it was a headless graphite Steinberger bass and did’nt even get so much as a scratch! But the rest of the band just stopped with their mouths open staring at me…very embarrassing!

Favorite Tip to Share on Traveling With Your Bass:
Be nice to the Flight Attendants…VERY nice

What Would You Be Doing If You Weren’t A Musician:
Pumping gas…oh wait unless you live in New Jersey, as all gas stations have been self-serve for many years now….guess I’d be screwed..ha! No, I’d probably be teaching either English or US history, I did really well with both of those subjects in high school and college.

What You Can Look Forward to From Me This Year:  
More touring with Gary Hoey Band, clinics for Warwick Basses, a guitar camp in Greece with Ron Thal (guitarist for Guns n Roses) and another release of more solo tracks to add to my existing solo bass CD “Let’s Hear It!”

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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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