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Barend Courbois, Rock ‘Till You Drop – Bass Musician Magazine, May 2017 Issue



Barend Courbois, an award-winning Rock, Metal, Funk and Jazz bass player who has played more then 4,000 shows and recorded on more than 60 albums over three decades on both sides of the Atlantic.

Bass Musician Magazine Cover - May 2017

Cover Photo: Florentijn

You may be familiar with his work with O.A., Blind Guardian, Michael Lee Firkins, Timo Somers, Andy James, Adrian Vandenberg (Whitesnake), Zakk Wylde (Ozzy), Walter Trout, Eric Gales, Atma Anur (Journey), Mike Terrana (Malmsteen), Andreas Kisser (Sepultura), Steve Fister (Lita Ford), Gary Barden (Michael Schenker), Donna Grantis (Prince), Vengeance, White Lion, Tank and many, many more.

He has won countless awards, including Best Bass Player in the Netherlands (1991), 2013 Best Metal Bass Player by Guitar Player Magazine, Best Metal and Best All Round Bass Player by Guitar Player Magazine NL (2014, 2015) and more.

This month I got to talk with Barend about getting started, technique and gear.

First of all thanks so much for this interview. Tell us, how did you get started playing bass? 

Thank you Alberto and Bass Musician Magazine for asking me! As you may know, my dear father, Sir Pierre Courbois, is a world-famous Jazz drummer/Composer; growing up it was very normal for me to choose any kind of instrument I wanted.

Pierre Courbois and Barend Courbois by Florentijn

I started on drums and all kinds of percussion instruments, especially the Indian Tabla; I then moved on to the Scottish Bagpipes. When I was 8 I decided that I wanted to change direction and play the mighty Bass Guitar; it was the Bass that inspired me to do my first live show at the young age of 11.

Which are some of your major influences? 

For the bass it is O.A., Jaco, Stanley, Marcus, Larry Graham, Geddy Lee, Doug Wimbish, Stu Hamm and my Dutch hero Herman Deinum.

Tell us more about your experience with Blind Guardian 

Yeah, this is like a dream come true situation! It’s a two and a half hour high-energy show, so it’s bloody hard work every night, but that makes the difference between a boy and a man.

Do you have other bands/projects right now? 

Oh yeah man, here they come: Tank, LEAH, Quest, Arrow Haze, Tri-Head, Steve Fister band, Michael Lee Firkins band, Cour/Cour-Bois/Bois (duo with my father)… so in between the big Blind Guardian world tours there is plenty of things to do – ha-ha!

Are you planning to release a solo album? 

Yes, I have been planning this for many years, but there are only 12 hours in a day… you know what I mean, always in the road.

You’re a quite versatile bassist but what’s your favorite technique? Finger-style, tapping, slap, etc… 

I started out in the late 70’s with a pick; it was a normal thing back than, even for funk bass players, especially in the studio. Now I’m so glad that I worked so hard on that when I was a kid… Blind Guardian is so fast that it would be almost impossible without a pick.

And tapping I do it if I’m in a Van Halen mood, so that’s 24/7 – ha-ha!

I study the same licks/riffs and scales always with a pick, 2 or 3 fingers and my thumb, so in whatever kind of situation I find myself I can play the same thing in 3 different ways.

What gear are you currently using? 

Fender basses, Markbass amps and cabs, EBS Black Label Pedals, Darkglass pedals, D’Orazio strings,

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

Try to play different instruments and as many styles as possible; even if you don’t like it, you always learn something from it.

Keep playing that mighty bass y’all and Rock ’till you drop!

Thanks again for this interview, you rock! 

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Brian Bromberg, Paying Tribute to Scott LaFaro, April 2024



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Brian Bromberg, Paying Tribute to Scott LaFaro, April 2024…

Brian Bromberg, Paying Tribute to Scott LaFaro, April 2024

Brian Bromberg is one heavy-hitting bass player and I am in awe of his talent as one of the few individuals who is equally proficient on electric and upright bass.

You might remember our conversation back in 2018 when he released his powerhouse Funk album. Brian’s “A Little Driving Music” album is a staple on all our road trips and his Jaco and Jimi Hendrix tribute albums are mind-blowing… and I could go on and on.

Now, Brian has taken on the arduous task of producing an album paying tribute to the late, great, Scott LaFaro. He teamed up with pianist Tom Zink and drummer Charles Ruggiero and Brian delivers a commanding performance on upright. The entire album is a masterpiece and a real treat to listen to track after track.

Join us as Brian shares the details behind this project and more.

Photo, Michel Bocandé

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Leland Sklar, Over Half a Century of Bass, March 2024



Leland Sklar, Over Half a Century of Bass, March 2024

We all have enjoyed Leland Sklar’s Bass lines for over half a century.

You might remember that we had him on our cover back in 2017 and did an update when he launched his book “Everybody Loves Me” in 2020. It was exciting to hear that The Immediate Family had got back together in the studio to work on their own music in 2019 and are now up to two albums.

Just last December, Magnolia Pictures released a documentary titled “Immediate Family” where we got a behind-the-scenes look at the massive contributions Danny Kortchmar, Waddy Wachtel, Ross Kunckle, Leland Sklar and Steve Postell have made in countless songs that are the very essence of our daily personal musical soundtracks. Seeing the astronomical roster of performers they have supported over many years is very eye-opening. It is a must-see for any music lover!

Now, I am thrilled to bring you a special chat with Leland Sklar where we go more in-depth into the bass side of his musical journey.

Photos: Header, Rob Shanahan – Cover Photo, Jay Gilbert/Chris Schmitt

Skin In the Game – 
from new album Skin In The Game

The Toughest Girl In Town – 
from new album Skin In The Game

Fair Warning – –
from the self-titled album The Immediate Family

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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…

Rodney O'Quinn - Bass Musician Magazine - December 2023-v2

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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