Connect with us


Bassist Danielle Schnebelen, Bass Musician Magazine Q&A



Bassist Danielle Schnebelen, Bass Musician Magazine Q&A

Photo: Joe Crocetta/The Herald-Mail

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.

Visit online at

Bass Videos

Interview With Bassist Ciara Moser



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: 
IG @ moserciara
FB @ ciara.moser

Photos by Manuela Haeussler

Continue Reading

Bass Videos

Interview With Bassist Travis Book



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:
FB @ TheTravisBook
IG @ travisbook

Continue Reading

Bass Videos

Interview with Malcolm-Jamal Warner



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:
IG @malcolmjamalwar
Twitter @malcolmjamalwar 
Facebook: Malcolm-Jamal Warner

Continue Reading

Bass Videos

Interview With The Labex Funk Project



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:
FB @LabexFunkProject
IG @ Labex Funk Project

Continue Reading

Bass Videos

Interview With Bassist Tony Newton



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:
FB @ TonyNewtonMusic Artist
YTB @ antoniotonynewtonmusic

Continue Reading