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Bassist Danielle Schnebelen, Bass Musician Magazine Q&A

Bassist Danielle Schnebelen, Bass Musician Magazine Q&A

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Bass Musician Magazine Q&A with Danielle Schnebelen


Danielle Schnebelen

Born In What City:

Kansas City, MO

Former Bands I Have Played With:

  • Little Eva and the Works
  • Fresh Brew
  • DC Bellamy’s Ameica’s Most Wanted
  • The Nortons

CD’s I’ve Released/ Been a Part Of:

•Fresh Brew: First Cup of Blues

•The Nortons: Wild Wild Woman

•Rockn Rick Paterson: Beat a Demon

•Sean Carney: Blues for a Cure Compilation

•Tommy Castro: The Legendary Rhythm and Blues Revue

•Norwegian Women in Blues Compilation

Trampled Under Foot:

  • Rough Cuts
  • White Trash
  • Philadelphia Sessions
  • Live from Notodden
  • Wrong Side of the Blues
  • Badlands

Describe The Way You Play Bass:

Simple and deep

What Made Me Decide to Play Bass: 

Originally, I learned bass to keep Trampled Under Foot a family blues band. I immediately fell in love with it and couldn’t imagine myself playing any other instrument full-time.

Musical Influences:

I really love the funk of James Jamerson, the melody of Willie Dixon, and the intricacy of John Paul Jones.

Favorite Musical Styles:

I love all styles of music. I got into classical at a very young age as a result of taking ballet. I had a huge variety growing up because my father worked in the record store. His music collection was very extensive and so I was able to hear everything from country to folk, to Rock ‘n Roll, Motown, and of course where all stems from, the Blues.

My Bass(es):

  • 2003 Mexican Arctic White Fender Jazz
  • 2006 American Anniversary Tobacco Sunburst Fender Precision
  • Although it is not yet in my possession, I am having a hybrid model of Delaney bass built and should have it for touring this summer.

My Amps and Other Gear:

I have a SVT Working Man’s Pro that I dig but I primarily use my Ampeg B2R.  I like to play with my 4-10″ GK and 15″ Eminence

Endorsed By: 

Delaney Guitars

Best Bass Advice You Ever Received:

Know what you mean to say and play what you mean

One Piece Of Advice For Other Bassists:

Practice, practice, practice

Favorite Quote or Life Philosophy: 

Does, “Suck in the guts guys, we’re the Ghostbusters” count?

Most Amazing Gig so Far: 

The Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise is always an amazing time

Dream Gig: 

Svalbard, Norway

Most Embarrassing Moment on Stage: 

Forgetting lyrics is always fun. It sucks when I tank a Led Zeppelin song. I make it a point to embarrass myself constantly. So then people never really know if it’s for real or not.

Favorite Tip to Share on Traveling With Your Bass: 

Don’t fly Ryan Air

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

I was heavily into dance prior to getting into music. I would probably have pursued that.

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

“How do you like flying?” I’d reply, “I hate flying. I absolutely hate it”.

What You Can Look Forward to From Me This Year: 

Our new album “Badlands” is available July 9 and I’m really looking forward to that. We worked very hard on the album and I hope the fans enjoy it. We have quite a bit of touring this summer and fall to support the record and I’m very excited about that. I’m just going to continue to do what I do, which is play the best music I can, put on the best show I can, and have a great time doing it.

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