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Bassist Joseph Patrick Moore – Why Is Music Important (The Panel Experiment) by Brent-Anthony Johnson

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Photo courtesy of Greg Brown - July 2014

Photo courtesy of Greg Brown – July 2014

Bassist Joseph Patrick Moore on Why Is Music Important…

Who are you, and what do you do?

My name is Joseph Patrick Moore and I’m a bassist/composer/producer currently based outside of Atlanta, GA. You can find out more about me here: JosephPatrickMoore.com

Who are your primary musical influences?

Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, and Jimi Hendrix.

What are you listening to musically, in the past 12 months that has enhanced the way you think about music and your craft?

I’m listening to a lot of Imogen Heap at this time.  She is amazing at creating beautiful landscapes. Her artistry and sonic spectrum characteristics/mixes are of great depth, stimulating and she is not afraid to take chances.

How does your personal musical voice directly relate to the function of the basses?  Also, what are your main instruments?

I play upright, NS Design electric upright, and electric fretted and fretless bass – by Pedulla. The bass is the foundation of music, and changing one note, or rhythmic emphasis, can dictate the entire direction of the feel and vibe of the composition.

Describe your musical composition process.

I’ll sometimes start with a bass riff or drum groove.  You know, something I like… or, something I’m working on. Once I find something that I want to explore further, I’ll chart out a general form and get an overall “bookends” vision of the song. Once I have the general canvas/borders laid out, I’ll start filling-in the gaps and direction in the middle (melody, chord progression etc. etc.). All that to say… I have no one-way of composing, and I may take several approaches to get to the end result, which is a completed song.

How does music affect your culture and immediate environment?

It keeps me sane in and in-sane world!

What would you be, if not a professional musician?

I think I would be an actor.

What is the greatest sacrifice you’ve ever made while in the practice of being a musician, and how did that sacrifice affect you?

For me, the sacrifice isn’t a one-time event, but a life-long pursuit and sacrifice. I like to think of that aspect of music as my “Magnificent Obsession”. You can learn more about my obsession at: therocktronix.com/movie.html

Describe your standing practice regimen.  Also, what technical (and musical) aspects of your playing are you currently working on?

Over the years, my practice routine as varied greatly! That said it’s been important that I keep a journal/notebook and practice on a consistent basis. There’s always something to learn, and we should work on our strengths as well as our weak areas in the areas f technique and musical understanding. I follow the rule of being very honest with myself and I’m not afraid to humble myself in order to learn something that I struggle with – both musically, and as a lifestyle. That honesty has been invaluable in becoming the musician I strive to be.

What does music, and being a musician, mean to you – at the deepest level of your being?

It is everything! It is who I am and all that I’ve done professionally since I the age of 18-years-old – I am now 44!  I can’t imagine music not being a part of me because it is the essential element to my spirit!

How important is it to understand the Language of music?

Anyone can speak it with a little exposure. However, to go deeper within music and music concepts, we all must study to understand the nuances, dialect, and skill-sets of the language if we are to have a command over it.

How do you collect the series of seemingly random influences and articulate them through music?

Life is connected and I’m deeply influenced by everything around me: conversations, art, people, cultures, nature, etc. All anyone has to do is really wake up to the “present moment” and to be aware. It’s not hard to be influenced by something and try to let that inspire you on your musical/spiritual journey.

Can music ever truly become commercial?  Why, or why not?

At this point in time, and with the World Wide Web, music is truly commercial. Anyone around the globe has the potential to hear almost anyone’s music thanks to the wealth of social media (youtube, spotify, Facebook, twitter).  The hard problem is people’s attention span, and the over saturated market of everyone releasing music – even those “artists” who are not musical professionals by trade.

The question now is, “how do you get music fans to listen to my music/art and keep their attention?”

Hopefully the music will speak for itself, and that it will connect with someone. Hopefully, some, small sub-culture of people will discover and share your music to an even greater community of people. In a lot of ways at this point in time, it’s about communities and grass roots efforts.

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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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