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Bassist Josh Myers, Bass Musician Magazine Q&A

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Bassist Josh Myers, Bass Musician Magazine Q and ABass Musician Magazine Q&A with Bassist Josh Myers…

Name: 

  • Josh Myers
Born In What City: 
  • Winchester MA, currently based in Brooklyn NY

Current Bands I Play With: 

  • Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds
  • Heather Christian & The Arbornauts
  • Kinan Azmeh’s Cityband

Former Bands/Artists I Have Played With:

  • The Defibulators
  • Andy Friedman
  • Kenny Werner
  • BIG WORDS
  • Skye Steele
  • Homestead Band
  • Laila And Smitty
  • Sad Red
  • Cosmo D’s Sauce
  • Gerald Cleaver’s NiMbNl

CD’s I’ve Released/ Been a Part Of: 

  • Josh Myers Quintet – Walls Red
  • BIG WORDS – Chimera
  • Homestead Band – Homestead Band
  • Sad Red – Elder
  • Sauce – Ricardo, Move!
  • Heather Christian & The Arbornauts – Cabinet
Describe The Way You Play Bass:
  • Harmonically and rhythmically, I try to justify everything I play with my roll in the band. The bass has a lot of power; since we’re so low in the frequency range, weird notes we play can create upper harmonics that clash with midrange instruments and vocals. So while there are always times to play melodically, I try to pick those spots based on what everyone else is playing. The basses I play tend to just have one tone knob, so I change that a bit from song to song but most of my sound and attack comes from my right hand. Playing close to the bridge gives me more of a bright attacky sound, and playing over the neck gives me a sweeter rounder sound.
What Made Me Decide to Play Bass: 
  • In high school I was a guitarist, but so was everyone else. Some friends and I got together to jam one night and I picked up a bass that was lying around. We played “Sunshine of Your Love” for about two hours straight and by the end of the night I was hooked. I still play guitar and piano from time to time, but the bass feels like home.

Musical Influences:

  • Paul Simon
  • Fiona Apple
  • Pino Palladino
  • Paul Jackson
  • Earth Wind and Fire
  • Afro-Cuban music
  • Tower of Power
  • Tim Lefebvre
Favorite Musical Styles:
  • I like it all.

My Gear:

  • Basses: My main bass is the neck of a 1975 Fender P-bass on the body of a 1980s Korean-made P-style bass. I also play a 1961 Silvertone made by Danelectro and a 2001 Michael Glas upright, All 4-string.
  • Amps and Other Gear: For large venues I use an Aguilar AG500 head with a GK 1X15 cab. However if you see me at a small club in New York you’ll probably hear me through my trusty GK MBS-III, a 10 inch speaker with a lot of power.
Best Bass Advice You Ever Received: 
  • Sometimes as a bass player you have to act as traffic cop for the band.

One Piece Of Advice For Other Bassists:

  • We have a lot of power, and we have a lot of responsibility. Choose your notes carefully, they effect the rest of the band more than you think.

Favorite Quote or Life Philosophy: 

  • If you want to be in the right place at the right time, be everywhere all the time.

Most Amazing Gig so Far: 

  • Playing with Kinan Azmeh at the El Genaina Theater in Cairo in June 2012, soon after the Egyptian revolution and in the early days of the Syrian revolution. Kinan is a world-renowned Syrian clarinetist, and there were many Syrian refugees in the crowd, as well as many Egyptians who felt free for the first time in their lives. It was a warm breezy evening in an outdoor theater, and the energy was beautiful – somber and complicated.

Dream Gig: 

  • Paul Simon’s band

Most Embarrassing Moment on Stage: 

  • Missing my HUGE entrance on the final song of the set because my tuner pedal was still turned on. It’s happened more than once, sadly :/

Favorite Tip to Share on Traveling With Your Bass:

  • Aside from investing in a Monocase in case you have to gate-check your instrument, board as early as possible to make sure there’s room for your bass on the plane. When the gate attendant asks for passengers with special considerations to board, that means you. YOU ARE SPECIAL.

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

  • I suppose if my arms fell off and my voice stopped working I’d have to think of something else to do, but I have never in my life considered another path besides music.

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

  • You: “Can I sublet your apartment while you’re away?” Me: “Yes.”

What You Can Look Forward to From Me This Year: 

  • New record releases this fall from Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Heather Christian & The Arbornauts, and Kinan Azmeh’s Cityband, and shows all across America. Check out sistersparrow.com/tour and follow me on Twitter (@docthunder) to find out where.

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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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