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Backstage Pass with Gordon Bash

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Backstage Pass with Gordon Bash

The small town of New Alexandria, Pennsylvania, is famous for three things: it’s proximity to Livermore Cemetery (featured in Night of The Living Dead), a strip club with a drive-thru, and being the childhood home of production and bass extraordinaire Gordon Bash, of Magnolia Memoir and Mankind Is Obsolete.

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Bash was fascinated with music from a young age and studied many instruments including piano, guitar, tuba, ukulele, and even vibes. His band director admired his talent and thought the instrument he would be happiest on would be bass, so he encouraged Bash by enrolling him in a Jazz camp where he first picked up the electric bass. After growing up a bit and playing in various bands, he discovered he was in love with the whole process; not just playing bass or writing songs but creating the entire sound and producing it to the end of his imagination. His DIY mentality contributed to him becoming a producer. “Wanna make it? Then make it,” is Bash’s motto when it comes to not only music but also life. As a child he spent many nights playing with his mother’s cassette tapes and turning his karaoke machine into a 2-track recorder!

He soon found himself moving to Los Angeles, where a friend asked him to record bass on a great singer’s demo. He agreed to do it and set out to be the perfect bass player for her sound. After much preparation (like learning how to slap an upright) the date had arrived and he went to the Crossroads of the World in Hollywood for the session. When the session turned to magic the group collectively decided to work together as a band.

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Magnolia Memoir defines themselves as a bit of a super-group since they are made up of a professional voice-over actress, three producers/music directors and a tech entrepreneur. Earlier this spring, amidst completing their new album “Pale Fire”, released in early September, their singer Mela Lee was in a near fatal car accident that really changed the chemistry of the band for the better. “Truly, life is a blessing and getting a chance to make music together is a joy,” Bash said in an interview. With newfound appreciation for the band, they proceeded to finish their newest masterpiece that follows in the footsteps of many greats like Adele, Paloma Faith and the Black Keys.

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While Bash’s main project is Magnolia Memoir, he still finds the time to tour with his other band Mankind Is Obsolete and has even started his own original project called ¡BASH!, a punk inspired trio featuring his impeccable slap bass technique. Luckily, the whole Magnolia Memoir crew is very supportive of all its member’s other creative endeavors. Though coordinating tour schedules can be a bit of a headache; “Mela once managed to steal me from New Zealand where I was on a gig with William Close and the Earth Harp Collective… She plucked me at the end of his tour and connected me right into a Magnolia tour.” It’s safe to say the whole lot is very well versed in scheduling.

If you plan on adding Magnolia Memoir to your schedule you can see their full tour schedule here.

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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.

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IG @ moserciara
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Interview With Bassist Travis Book

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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

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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

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Interview With The Labex Funk Project

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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!

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Interview With Bassist Tony Newton

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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…

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