Bass Musician Magazine Q&A with 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
- Rough Cuts
- White Trash
- Philadelphia Sessions
- Live from Notodden
- Wrong Side of the Blues
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.
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.
- 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
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
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.