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The Latin Bass Issue – Daniel Maza

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Daniel Maza, The Boss of Bass Candombe…

BMM Please share with us a little of your personal background… 

DM My name is Daniel Maza, and I am a bass player. I was born in South America in the city of Montevideo, Uruguay Eastern Republic. I currently live in Buenos Aires Argentina. My house was always very musical, my mother sang while cooking and my father recited poems and all the family would gather to celebrate and sing.  

I am self-taught, and first studied the guitar at age 10 and played Candombe percussion on the streets. It was inevitable that I become a musician; music is everything to me.  

BMM What was your first bass, and how did you come by it?

DM My first bass was a Jazz bass made in Uruguay that my mother gave me and took 36 months to pay off.

BMM Tell us about that very first day you had a bass in your hands.

DM I’ll never forget the first day with my bass; until that day my world was the guitar and from that first day, I fell in love with my bass. 

BMM  As a bassist born in Latin America, do you find this to be an advantage or disadvantage?

DM It is an advantage to be born in Latin America, in the melodic and harmonic WEALTH that is in all South American countries. In Uruguay you play a rhythm called Candombe everywhere; this rhythm of African slaves was born in Uruguay. Candombe is played with three reels; each has a different name and size, from smallest to biggest (CHICO, REPIQUE and PIANO).

BMM What are your main musical and bass influences? 

DM My influences are all Latin American rhythms. The bassists who have influenced me most include Jaco Pastorius, Abraham LaBoriel from Mexico, Salt Cuevas, Luizão Maia, Nico Assumpção from Brazil and Anthony Jackson.

BMM How do you define the music style you play?

DM World Music, Latin Jazz and Fusion.

BMM How important is reading and studying music theory?

DM It is very important; theoretical study of music and reading is the way we have to communicate with the musicians. In my case it is very important to master the written language, as I play with musicians from different countries. 

BMM What do you consider the differences that technology and the Internet have made for you as a musician, compared to the previous generations that didn’t have these tools?

DM The access we have to information today is wonderful, as we can also spread our music through YouTube, Facebook, etc. You can also be in your home taking classes online with another musician who is in another country.

BMM Tell us about your gear.

DM  My collection includes: Warrior Signature 5-String Bass with a Quilted bubinga top. Body wings, aged, air-dried swamp ash. Neck, 7-piece flame mahogany / purpleheart, with a 34” scale. Bone nut. Headstock, quilted bubinga. Fretboard, ebony inlay with mother-of-pearl stars. Pickups, 2 Bartolini Jazz. Finish, anointed oil. Electronics, 18-Volt Active preamp, with custom Mid-kit. Hardware, black and gold with wood trim package. 

EDEN WTX500, the true original lightweight bass amplifier. Not only is this little amp easy to transport, but has a maximum power output of 500W. Ampeg SVT HE410, Hartke 410TP – 4×10 Transporter Cabinet, with calibrated precision-tuned cabinet design, Four Hartke 10“ Aluminum-Cone Bass TP Drivers.

Pedals, Digitech Whammy and Boss FV-50. 

I am an endorsee of Martin Blust Strings, martinblust.de

BMM  Who are your favorite Latin American bassists?

DM Oscar Stagnaro from Peru, Arthur Maia from Brasil, Gustavo Giles from Argentina.

BMM  Please leave some motivational and encouraging words for the next generation of Latin American bassists.

DM I really feel comfortable playing any genre and I am a lover of music, its’ mysteries, the unknown that is in it. I encourage you to always search for more and really study music. Latin America has amazing music and bass is the best instrument of all. Big hug to all, as we say in Uruguay Vamo Arriba!

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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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