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Felipe Andreoli, FORÇA DO BAIXO BRASILEIRO – Bass Musician Magazine, August 2016 Issue



Bass Musician Magazine, 9th Anniversary Issue

Bass Musician Magazine Cover - August 2016

Felipe Andreoli Interview for Bass Musician Magazine by Alberto Rigoni – 

Photos: Paula Mordente

Hola Felipe, first of all thanks so much for this interview. I’m a big fan of yours since I started listening to Angra! How did you get started playing bass?

Thanks a lot! It’s an honor to be featured on BMM! I started playing bass kind of by accident. I already played the acoustic guitar for about two years when my friends at school formed a band. There were going to be some spring festivities and they signed up to play a concert. Thing is, of course they didn’t have a bass player, so they thought, “Well, if you can play the guitar, you can probably play the bass!” So I bought a bass for $80 and in two weeks we played the show, where I also became lead singer (by lack of a better choice). I’ve never looked back ever since, except for the singing part.

Who are some of your major influences?

It all started with Cliff Burton, but it progressed as I learned more about music and got to know about new bands and styles. Billy Sheehan is the biggest influence when it comes to rock, along with Geddy Lee, Chris Squire and Geezer Butler. Then I got heavily into fusion and found out about Jaco Pastorius, John Patitucci, Alain Caron, Gary Willis and Victor Wooten. But I also draw a lot of influence from drummers and guitar players such as Simon Phillips, Virgil Donati, Gary Novak, Brett Garsed, Scott Henderson, Allan Holdsworth, Steve Morse… The list goes on and on!

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Photo: Paula Mordente

Which are your current bands?

For 15 years my main thing has been Angra, but I also play with an instrumental quartet called 4Action, Kiko Loureiro (now in Megadeth), a thrash metal band called One Arm Away and a couple of cover bands. One is the recently formed Yngwie Malmsteen Tribute band, and the other is called HeavyPop, where we spice up the great pop songs of the 80’s and 90’s. I also do a lot of freelance recording, clinics and some production work.

Tell us more about your experience with Angra

It’s been quite a ride! I joined the band when I was 20, so I basically learned everything I know from these guys. With them I’ve recorded 5 studio albums, 1 EP and 2 DVDs, toured over 30 countries and took part in the biggest festivals around the globe. Last year we played the Rock in Rio, Wacken, Hellfest and Hell and Heaven Fest, to name a few.

We are now touring in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the album Holy Land, and we have around 18 dates in Europe in September/October. The rest of the time we’ll be touring around Brazil.

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Photo: Paula Mordente

You joined the Vivaldi Metal Project as special guest, what do you think about this project?

I think it’s amazing! Apart from the music, which is really great, I’m really impressed with how organized everything must be to gather hundreds of musicians from around the globe in a single record! I look forward to hearing the final result; there is a lot of talent involved in this record. It’s great that I’ve been invited. I love music and collaborating with other musicians.

Are you planning to make a solo album?

I’m in the process of writing it, but it hasn’t been easy. For one, I find it very hard to write music by myself. Somehow it works out splendidly when I have a partner; ideas flow everywhere! When I’m alone it’s a whole different story. Maybe it’s something I have to overcome, but slowly I’m getting there. Also, it’s been really hard to find the time to do it. Composing a bass record is for me a great responsibility, and it demands time and concentration, but there’s so much going on right now that I haven’t been able to make everything fit yet. Anyway, I plan to release it still this year or beginning of the next.

Tell us more about your technique. In particular, it seems you like the tapping 🙂

I do! In fact I like all kinds of technique, but tapping really seems to work in Angra. Maybe my most recognized technique is the three finger pizzicato, which really makes my life easier playing fast songs and intricate rhythmic patterns. I also love slapping, but that gets featured the most on instrumental music.

I try to be as open as possible to new approaches. I think it’s great to have all these tools available as part of your vocabulary. When used wisely, any technique can work.

What current gear are you using?

A lot of stuff! Since last year I’m back to playing Ibanez basses, but this time officially. I’m using both the BTBs and SRs. Epifani amps (Piccolo 999 head and UL D.I.S.T 410 cabinets), D’Addario strings and cables, Seymour Duncan pickups, Gruv Gear accessories, effects by Boss (ES-8, SY-300, FV-30H, TU-3), Darkglass (Microtubes B7K, B3K, Supper Symmetry compressor), GNI (Bass Plus Felipe Andreoli signature preamp, chorus, compressor) and Eventide (H9 Max), Pedaltrain boards (Nano+, Novo 24 and 32) and power supplies, Xtreme Ears in-ear monitors, Capcase cases and Guitar Grip stands.

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Photo: Paula Mordente

How do you manage the incredible fan base you gained in these years?

I try to stay close. It’s so easy to do it nowadays that it’s almost a crime not to. Especially with the Facebook Live tool, it has been a great way to close the gap that has always existed between artists and their fans. They can see you in a more real, honest way, and that creates a bigger empathy. The people who follow me on social media seem very grateful for any piece of information that I can pass along, and I try to do it often. It’s easy to forget that having a solid career teaches you about a lot of stuff, and that information may be so trivial to you that you don’t realize how much you could help other people who don’t have the same experience. So I try to make people’s lives easier by giving them tips and shortcuts, and they seem to really like it!

Do you have any suggestions for bass players and final thoughts?

The greatest asset of any musician is not technique or speed. It’s relationship and professionalism. I’ve seen many cases where the guy that takes the gig is not necessarily the best player, but the one who can play for the music, has a great timing, a great tone, positive attitude, arrives on time, communicates well, etc. At the end of the day it’s not about how many notes you can play, it’s about how people feel around you.

Thanks again for this interview, you rock!

Thanks Alberto and BMM! My pleasure!

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Photo: Paula Mordente

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Ricky Phillips, STYX Bass And More – February 2024



Ricky Phillips, STYX Bass And More, January 2024

Ricky Phillips, STYX Bass And More…

This Week’s Top 10 Basses on Instagram

I have always been a huge Styx fan. Their music kept me awake during countless nights studying and gave my imagination a place to escape when I had a moment to take a break. 

I had the immense opportunity to chat with STYX bassist Ricky Phillips for our August Cover in 2017 and follow his projects as time passed. Now, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to catch up with Ricky as he has been super-busy over the past six years. 

Join me as we take a deep dive into the band’s most recent album “Crash the Crown” and EP “The Same Stardust”. Ricky shares some insights into the herculean team effort behind the scenes and the musical process that keeps them ever so busy and how he has updated his sound. 

Without further ado… Here is Ricky Phillips!

Photo: Jason Powell

“Crash of the Crown” lyric video

“Reveries” lyric video

“Save Us From Ourselves” lyric video

“Sound the Alarm” lyric video

“Too Much Time On My Hands” Zoom video 2020

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Jeff Pilson, Foreigner Low End – January 2024



Jeff Pilson - Bass Musician Magazine - January 2024

Jeff Pilson, Foreigner Low End – January 2024…

Those of us who were around back in the 70’s remember how certain songs on the radio resonated with us. It turns out that many of these iconic melodies came from Foreigner and they were part of our personal soundtracks! 

After all these years, the band is going as strong as ever with Jeff Pilson firing away on bass midstream into a 2-year farewell tour. 

I am excited to be able to bring you all the details about Jeff’s musical Journey, the farewell tour in progress, how he gets his sound and his plans for the future.

Cover Photo: Krishta Abruzziini / Video Photos: Krishta Abruzzini, Karsten Staiger, Gina Hyams

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Rodney O’Quinn, Rockin’ Hard Through the Years – December 2023



Rodney O'Quinn, Rockin’ Hard Through the Years – December 2023

Interview With Foghat Bassist Rodney O’Quinn…

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Many rock fans have enjoyed music by Foghat, who originally formed in London back in 1971.

Over the many decades of playing, the band members have changed, leaving behind only Roger Earl as the only original member. Bassist Rodney O’Quinn left the Pat Travers Band and joined the group in 2015 and has been laying down the low end for this iconic quartet keeping the Foghat legacy alive. With a new album titled “Sonic Mojo” which dropped on November 10th, the band is as busy as ever and there is lots of very tasty music to come.

Join me as we learn of Rodney O’Quinn’s musical journey, how he gets his sound, and his plans for the future.

Jake Coughlin
Video Thumbnail, Tom Apathy
Photos used in the video: Kerry Quinn, Chuck Lanza, Kim Granger, Kenneth Strohm, Jake Coughlin, Jay Jylika

1st Single from Sonic Mojo – Official “Drivin’ On” 

2nd Single from Sonic Mojo – “She’s a Little Bit of Everything Official Video

 “Road Fever”- California Mid State Fair – Paso Robles, CA – 7-27-22

“Stone Blue” – Rodney O’Quinn Bass/Lead Vocals – Don Odell’s Legends – Woonsocket, R.I – 10/15/22 – The Stadium Theater

The Earl’s Court – Season 2, Episode 7: Funny Guys 

“I Just Want to Make Love to You” – CasinoRama – 6-9-23 

FOGHAT “Somebody’s Been Sleepin’ in My Bed” – Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT – 1/28/22

“I Just Want to Make Love to You” – California Mid State Fair – Paso Robles, CA – 7-27-22

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Suzi Quatro, Eternal Powerhouse – November 2023



Suzi Quatro, Eternal Powerhouse – November 2023

Interview With Bassist Suzi Quatro…


It is always exciting to have the opportunity to talk to an artist who has been prolific for decades.

Suzi Quatro has been rocking our world since the sixties and has been super-creative as a bassist, musician, actress, singer, songwriter, author, radio show host and so much more. Most recently, Suzi released a new album titled “Face to Face” where she joined forces with KT Tunstall and together they are a force of nature. (See our video with Suzi about the album release)

Join me as we hear about Suzi’s musical journey, her many projects, how she gets her sound and her plans for the future.

Here is Suzi Quatro…

Suzi Quatro & KT Tunstall – “Truth As My Weapon” (Official Music Video)

“Shine A Light” music video (from the upcoming album)

“Bad Moon Rising” music video (from 2022):

Bass-Solo / Live in Prah? 1979

Glyserine Queen / Bass solo – Tampere Finland

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Video – Andrew Whitton
Cover and Header Photo – Courtesy of Suzi Quatro

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Zach Fowler, Not Just Laying Down the Low End – October 2023



Zach Fowler, Not Just Laying Down the Low End - October 2023

Zach Fowler, Not Just Laying Down the Low End – October 2023

I have been hearing about Zach Fowler’s bass playing since he was in New Mexico. Now, based out of Nashville, Zach is very busy laying down the low end, acting as musical director, writing songs and producing music. He has been very active doing studio work as well as touring with LoCash.

Join me as we hear about Zach’s journey, how he gets his sound, all the details about his new Lakland bass and his plans for the future.

Here is Zach Fowler!

Photos Credits  – Cover, Allee Visuals / In Video –  Matthew Allen, Max Muehlhausen

Typical, run-of-the-mill, slap happy bass solo taken during LOCASH’s performance at the Suwannee River Jam in Live Oak, Florida on May 4, 2018.  Video was shot by David Lehr.

This was part of a series of acoustic performances filmed at the famous Blackbird Studios in Nashville.

LOCASH performs a song from “The Fighters” album called “Shipwrecked.”  This was filmed not long after I joined LOCASH, and I’m using a Carvin PB5 plugged straight into the board via a Countryman DI.

LOCASH performs “One Big Country Song” at the Grand Ole Opry in May 2022.  

We performed the song along with Opry House Band, and the performance was in conjunction with The Beach Boys’ first performance at the Opry (which explains why we’re wearing leis around our necks). I used one of my two PRS Grainger 5-strings plugged directly into the Opry’s house rig, which is made by Aguilar.

One of only two times that I’ve recorded myself playing bass.  

I arranged John Legend’s “Ordinary People” for solo bass, and used my PRS Gary Grainger 5-string plugged into a Gallien-Krueger PLEX preamp.  I added a little reverb in Logic to give it a little ambience.  I recorded this right after the COVID shutdown happened.  I’m not too big on recording myself playing bass, so this was somewhat of a rarity, but considering my job had shut down, it felt like a good outlet to keep my name on the radar.  There’s a little gratuitous slapping in there, but mostly because I didn’t have an arrangement for the bridge section that I liked, so I just let loose.

During my time in Albuquerque, I was blessed to perform on two albums by a progressive rock trio by the name of Illustrated Man.  

This song is off of their second album, “Zebra Hotel,” and is coincidentally called “Zebra.”  I recorded this song using a Fender 5-string Precision Bass plugged into an Avalon U5 direct box.

I was with a band called The James Douglas Show for eleven years.  

We put out four studio albums, and this track is off the final album we put out called “9.”  The track, called “Can’t Stop,” was written by our guitar player, Jesse Martinez, and produced by Mike Cee.  As is typical with a lot of R&B tracks, I overdubbed a bass track over an already-existing synth bass line.  I used a Carvin JB5 run into an Avalon U5 direct box.

“Kissing a Girl” is a track off of LOCASH’s album, “Brothers.”  

We recorded a live version of the song at a venue in Minnesota during soundcheck.  The video was shot by David Lehr, and the sound was edited and mixed by our production manager at the time, Evan (“Turbo”) Owen.  It was negative 12 degrees outside in February, which explains why most of the people in the band are wearing beanies on their heads.  I used my main road bass on this track, my white PRS Gary Grainger 5-string, plugged into my Gallien-Krueger PLEX preamp, then into a Radial FireFly direct box.  I used a little bit of compression from my Origin Effects Cali76 compressor pedal, as well as a little bit of added chorus effect from an EBS UniChorus pedal to give it a little bit of a fretless sound.

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