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Matt Barnes, For The Love of Bass Guitar

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Matt Barnes, For The Love of Bass Guitar

For The Love of Bass Guitar with Matt Barnes, Bassist for You Me At Six…

Photographer, Jordan Curtis Hughes

I started playing bass when I was 14 years old when my Dad got me a 3/4 size Aria for my first axe and I fell in love with it.

My Dad is a bass player and has played in countless bands over the years, and I would always go to his gigs and wanted a piece of rock and roll. My first ever live performance was playing The Kinks’ “You Really Got Me” with my Dad and my Godfather. Other bassists who have influenced me over the years are Mark Hoppus (blink-182), Tim Commerford (Rage Against The Machine) and Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) – who all have really different styles that I have taken inspiration from.

You Me At Six just put out our new album, VI, which we recorded in England with producer Dan Austin who is a bass player, so I knew I was in good hands.

We would route in an Ampeg SVT-3PRO going to an amp 4×10.

We also used a few pedals, the Darkglass B7K and Darkglass Vintage microtubes. And to add some synth sounds we used an Electro-Harmonix Bass Micro Synth Pedal routed through a separate DI so we could play with the tone in Pro Tools. I used a Fender Precision Bass Deluxe to record every track on the record and I think I only had to tune it when I turned up on Day One, as it is an absolute workhorse and I take it to every session and gig we play.

“Back Again”

I’m very much looking forward to coming back to tour the States and I will be bringing my Kemper with me.

I know some people think this is controversial but the amount of tone you can get out of this rack-mounted bad boy is crazy. I could never fly with my heads so when I fly with this, I know that it will have a consistent tone straight out of the box. I profiled my Darkglass B7K and the set 3 in the studio and it sounds so good.


About Chart-topping UK rock band You Me At Six 

Comprised of vocalist Josh Franceschi, guitarists Max Helyer and Chris Miller, bassist Matt Barnes, and drummer Dan Flint – released their triumphant sixth studio album called VI, and will be touring the U.S. in support of it in early 2019.

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Opening Photo, Jon Stone

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