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Bassist Mariano Martos – Why Is Music Important (The Panel Experiment) by Brent-Anthony Johnson

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Bassist Mariano Martos – Why Is Music Important (The Panel Experiment) by Brent-Anthony Johnson…

Who are you, and what do you do?
I am Mariano Martos, and I am an electric bass player, artistic producer and songwriter.

Who are your primary musical influences?
My grandfather, José, my father Lisandro, and friends including Omar Giammarco, Jorge Navone. My first teacher was Bucky Arcella, and he also influenced me a lot.

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 bassists from around the world such Linley Marthe, Richard Bona (from Africa), Ney Conceição (from Brazil), Michel Alibo (France), Alain Perez (Cuba), Antonio Ramos and Manuel Nieto(Dpain), and Guillermo Vadalá and Daniel Maza (Argentina)!
I have a lot of musicians on my list who do not play the bass… and they are a great composers and musicians.

How does your personal musical voice directly relate to the function of the basses? Also, what are your main instruments?
My main instrument is the 4, 5, and 6-string electric fretted and fretless bass guitar. I also play the Spanish guitar and small percussion instruments: cajón, shakers,and caxixis.
My personal music voice is always in search of the best music that lives inside of me all the time! I think that the function of the basses changes in the different kind of music that I regularly play. So, I can play accompaniment, melodies and/or improvisations. I also enjoy playing the second voices, or the silence… if necessary. I enjoy playing silence as a sound.

Describe your musical composition process.
I play chords on the guitar and I try to listen the melody that is inside the chord. I sometimes sing the melody what suggest the harmony. Then, I discover the harmony I’m looking for through improvising and making mistakes. I always record my ideas. So, I often don’t write music when I am composing a tune.

When I compose specifically with the bass, the process is completely free, and I focus on the possibilities that the instrument can give me.
For example, my tune called “Romero” is a small tribute to Jaco Pastorius’ “Portrait of Tracy”. When I composed this tune, I was studying harmonics on the bass and mixed the flamenco rhythm called ”Bulería” with Jaco’s technique.

How does music affect your culture and immediate environment?
The music is my life, and music is part of me in my home and everywhere I go. I listen to different kinds of music besides the music genres that I usually play, which are Flamenco, Afro-Cuban, Jazz and Funk.

What would you be, if not a professional musician?
I don’t know… it is possible that I would like to be film director, like Alan Ball or Alejandro González Iñárritu. I would be an athlete, perhaps a great swimmer!

What is the greatest sacrifice you’ve ever made while in the practice of being a musician, and how did that sacrifice affect you?
I think that the greatest sacrifice was taking so many hours to study the instrument and the study of music in general!

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

I work every day! As I often have to record a difficult music, I use the music I’m recording to study the instrument – because I often need to resolve technical problems that the music creates. But, I usually start my practice regimen by playing easy composed musical parts I have written. I don’t regularly practice scales. But I did a lot of that in the past. I, sometimes, see scales as numbered notes that suggests a state of mind. You know, “the major scale is happy… the minor scale is sad”.

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What does music, and being a musician, mean to you – at the deepest level of your being?
Music, to me, specifically Latin and African music means a lot. Even more so than that… the musicians who play certain types of music! !Wow! I don’t know… I have a lot of musicians in my heart! Jaco Pastorius, Carles Benavent, Pino Paladino, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Ruben Blades, Lenine, Djavan, Joao Bosco, Gilberto Gil, Luis Alberto Spinetta, Charly Garcia, Fito Paez, Piazzolla, and Atahualpa Yupanqui. All of these great musicians (and the music they have made) mean a lot to me.

How important is it to understand the Language of music?
The most important thing is it to understand the language of body and soul… and let it flow. All humans have a story to tell – something personal that is, often, removed from the musical schools we study from! The Language of music can teach us general things, but it does not delve into “personal aspects” for lack of time.

How do you collect the series of seemingly random influences and articulate them through music?
Wow! This is the great mystery! I think that each musician (or artist in general) must have their own, very personal search. The more personal the search of each musician… the more that journey will be inside of the music. It is an individual activity, much as life itself.

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

I think that the commercial music is an invention of some multinational office. All music can be commercial if it is played 24-hours every day on radios, television, or YouTube!Certain music gets into my heart and not others… But, it is not important to me if that music commercial or not.

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Interview With Bassist Ciara Moser

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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…

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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www.thetravisbook.com
www.thestringdusters.com
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IG @ travisbook

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Interview with Malcolm-Jamal Warner

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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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Twitter @malcolmjamalwar 
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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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www.youtube.com/c/MichelLabaki
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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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YTB @ antoniotonynewtonmusic

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