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MonoNeon And The Purple One: Sonic Exploration At Paisley Park

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MonoNeon And The Purple One: Sonic Exploration At Paisley Park…

Recently, our good friend here at Bass Musician Magazine, Dywane “MonoNeon” Jr. Got the call of a lifetime. The legend himself, Prince, had taken notice of Dywane’s unique and original musical stylings and wanted to see it for himself. Flash forward a little time later and Dywane has been fully immersed in the Purple One’s band and the Paisley Park experience. He sat down for a bit to tell us how it all went down.

MonoNeon And The Purple One - Sonic Exploration At Paisley Park-2BMM: So tell us from the beginning how Prince got in touch with you?

MonoNeon: I got an email asking, “Do you want to come to Paisley Park to jam?”… and of course I said YEP… haha! When I got there I was asked to play bass with Judith Hill. We did some shows at Paisley and opened for Prince at the Fox Theater in Detroit.

BMM: What was your mindset going into this?

MonoNeon: I really didn’t have a different mindset going to Paisley Park, I was in my usual vibe and thinking for everything… and that was, I just wanted to play!

BMM: What has been the most important thing you have learned so far from your trips there?

MonoNeon: Be ready for anything!

Prince is always reaching for something higher than before in the music, and for me that is super-inspiring! Embracing the moment and letting the moment flow through all the possibilities. The vibe is meticulous but experimental as well… and it’s funky!

BMM: How much creative or playing freedom do you have while there?

MonoNeon: There is a lot of freedom, but I had to learn the songs first… the time to stretch-out will be there.

BMM: What gear have you been using there?

MonoNeon: I have been using an Aguilar rig, Dunlop Super Bright strings, Digitech Whammy pedal, a fuzz pedal, and Dunlop Bass Wah.

BMM: Who have been the players you have had the privilege of working with alongside Prince?

MonoNeon: Well right now I’ve been playing with the guitarist from 3rdEyeGirl and the drummer from one of his old bands.

BMM: Are you working on newer or mostly a classic Prince catalog?

MonoNeon: We have been playing everything… the classic hits, new songs from his latest albums, and sometimes improvisational jams that may turn into songs.

BMM: What is the general etiquette of working on that level?

MonoNeon: Learn songs and more songs quickly. I have to make sure my ears are always open; I don’t want to be left behind when something is thrown at me or when the spirit of the music is going higher.

BMM: What does the future store for you and the Purple One as of now?

MonoNeon: I’m not sure. I’m just grateful for what has been happening for me playing with Prince, it’s an endless learning experience!

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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

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tonynewtonmusic.com/
FB @ TonyNewtonMusic Artist
YTB @ antoniotonynewtonmusic

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