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Interview – The Bassists Alliance Project’s Jeff Hughell

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With the release of Jeff Hughell’s (Six Feet Under) latest recording as part of Bassists Alliance Project, he answered a few questions about the project and the process.

Bassists Alliance Project includes a stellar lineup of amazing bassists: Jeff Hughell, Alberto Rigoni, Brandino, Colin Edwin, Dmitry Lisenko, Jeff Hughell, Leonid Maksimov, Mark Michell, Michael Manring, Ryan Martini, Scott Reeder, Steve DiGorgio and Tony Grey

How did the Bassists Alliance Project come to fruition? How did you arrive at the idea for the project and what was it like to get a dozen musicians on board?

The Bassists Alliance project began when I met Alberto Rigoni at the Warwick bass camp in 2016. Alberto had the idea of collaborating on an album and getting some of our favorite bassists to play on it. We have both done several bass solo albums, so we decided to split the song writing and spearhead the project ourselves. Getting all the other bassists was a fun experience. It was so exciting to hear other people’s parts and feed off them. We have lots of diverse players and I think everyone got out of their comfort zone to do this.

How was the album recorded and how long did that process take?

The album was recorded at each of our home studios and then we would send people tracks and they would add their parts. It took about a year to get all the songs written and get everyone’s final parts completed. We then had Zack Ohren at Castle Ultimate Productions handle all the mixing and mastering except for Extreme Density which Jamie King mixed and mastered.

Take us behind the scenes of songwriting for Crush. Were complete song ideas presented and fine-tuned, or were songs composed through a more collaborative effort?

As far as the songwriting process went. Some songs were presented as complete ideas and other people would add parts on top. Other songs were written in a true collaboration where ideas would be sent back and forth and then fine-tuned.

The song styles of the Bassists Alliance are much different than the death metal of Six Feet Under. What was your writing experience like for Crush in comparison to your previous projects?

The writing of this album was far different from most other things I have done. Mainly because there was no genre that we were being tied down, too. There is a lot of experimental things going on. For example, the song “Floating Through Canyons” with myself and Scott Reeder started with a very atmospheric bass line I had come up with. Then Scott ended up singing a melody over it and then he played that same thing on the bass and ran his vocals through a talk box with his bass and it’s the most original use of a talk box I have ever heard. And he sent his track to me in one day!!

What’s your favorite track on this album and why?

I can honestly say I love every track on this album! But if I had to pick a favorite, it would have to be “Extreme Density” that features Ryan Martini and Steve DiGiorgio. This song started by me sending Ryan some ideas, he then sent back some riffs based on my ideas. I then wrote some new riffs and arranged everything. After that Ryan added a whole new bass line on top of the whole song and steve contributed and amazing solo which he came to my home studio to record. This song was mixed and mastered by Jamie King and while in the studio Ryan added some percussion and keys bringing new life to an already killer song!!

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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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