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Cody Wright, Defiant One – December 2018 Issue

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It is with great pleasure that I get to interview Cody Wright for this month’s cover here on Bass Musician Magazine.

It is rare to meet a young, full-rounded music maker these days that is ready and willing to go all the way when it comes to maintaining and chasing the dream of becoming their own entity in a world of great players and performers.

Cody Wright is clearly that person to me….

Developing his love of music and games at a very young age, as well as having become a very prolific guitar player for most of his career, Cody decided to take a quick left turn, shifting his role and becoming a bass player.

Combining his years and love of guitar he quickly became a sought after bass player and side man for such artists as Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, Eric Gales, Albert CummingsGhost-Note, Jazz is Phishthe Everyone OrchestraJeff Sipe, Billy Cardine, and The James Brown Dance Party.

In the new year Cody will be officially releasing his first solo CD and vinyl entitled Star Festival.

In Part 1 of this interview Cody discusses the process of recording and putting together his first solo offering. He also divulges all of the people he worked with and the special guests that take part in the making of Star Festival.

Cody also gives great advice on getting your priorities and project chops together, as well as some really cool personal stories that are truly inspiring.

I encourage you to listen to the two interviews as Cody has really found a way in becoming an old school, new school hybrid that we can all get inspired by… and he’s also one of the nicest, coolest guys on earth.

Cody Wright, Part 1

Cody Wright, Part 2

In Part 2 of this interview Cody’s discusses his love of games and game music.

He shares how he got the gig for ToeJam & Earl and what it took to write the soundtrack for one of his favorite childhood games.

He also shares his advice on how to approach your new projects and soundtrack writing; this is some serious motivation that comes from true experience and the love of following through on your dreams and goals.

See Cody in action – check out this official ToeJam and Earl video:

Cody also talks about what’s going on in the new year and his tour with Jazz is Phish.

Keep your Eyes and Ears open for Star Festival as well as the ToeJam & Earl soundtrack. For more on all that is Cody Wright you can go check out codywrightmusic.com

Thanks for watching you guys totally rock!!! M

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Working-Class Zeros: Episode #3 – John Patitucci IG Video, The Summer Festival Gig, iPads on Stage

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WORKING-CLASS ZEROS With Steve Rosati and Shawn Cav

In this episode we cover John Patitucci’s IG video about saying ‘no’ to the gig, the Summer Festival gig, and iPads on stage (sure it’s awesome but is it necessary?)

These stories from the front are with real-life, day-to-day musicians who deal with work life and gigging and how they make it work out. Each month, topics may include… the kind of gigs you get, the money, dealing with less-than-ideal rooms, as well as the gear you need to get the job done… and the list goes on from there.” – Steve the Bass Guy and Shawn Cav

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Interview With Bassist Curly Hendo

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Interview Wity Bassist Curly Hendo

Bassist Curly Hendo…

Hailing from Sydney, Australia, bassist Curly Hendo has been super busy. Starting with dance from a young age, Curly took up bass shortly after and has been going strong ever since. She has collaborated with numerous acts worldwide and is an in-demand session/touring bassist and musical director.

Join me as we learn about Curly’s musical journey, how she gets her sound, and her plans for a very bright future.

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New Gear: Aguilar Amplification Next-generation Tone Hammer and AG Series Amplifiers

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New Gear: Aguilar Amplification Next-generation Tone Hammer and AG Series Amplifiers

New Gear: Aguilar Amplification Next-generation Tone Hammer and AG Series Amplifiers…

Aguilar Amplification is excited to unveil the next generation of Tone Hammer and AG series amplifiers. These amplifiers are designed to meet the exacting standards of today’s bassists, enhancing their musical expression through in-demand features and fresh new designs.

The latest innovations in the Tone Hammer and AG series include the introduction of the Aguilar Cabinet Suite, dual XLR outputs, expanded connectivity options, and power section upgrades. These features not only provide superior sound quality and flexibility but also maintain the classic Aguilar performance that musicians have relied upon.

Key features of the next-generation amplifiers:

Aguilar Cabinet Suite: This new software allows players to load Aguilar ’s custom-designed SL/DB cabinet impulse responses (IRs), or their own custom IR files. This feature is available through both XLR and headphone outputs, offering new tone shaping and cabinet emulation options.
 
Dual XLR Outputs & Expanded Connectivity: Musicians can now tailor their tone and utilize cabinet IRs for their monitor mix, while also sending a pre-EQ ’d signal directly to the front-of-house. This dual functionality ensures optimal sound for both the artist and front-of-house. The new amplifiers include auxiliary input and headphone output options for silent practice. They also feature mix controls to fine-tune the listening experience, ideal for both practice and performance.

Upgraded Power Sections: Previously exclusive to Aguilar’s 700-series, the upgraded power sections in the Tone Hammer and AG 500 now support a 2.67 ohm load and include universal mains. These enhancements make the amplifiers perfect for international touring, offering seamless voltage adaptation.

“The new Tone Hammer and AG series amplifiers are a testament to Aguilar ’s commitment to world class sound and performance, providing bassists with the tools they need to define their sound on the global stage,” remarks Jordan Cortese, Brand Manager, Aguilar Musical Instruments.

The next-generation Tone Hammer and AG series amplifiers are available for purchase through www.aguilaramp.com and Aguilar’s extensive dealer network worldwide. For more information about the new amplifiers and other Aguilar products, please visit www.aguilaramp.com.

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Artist Update With Bassist Derek Frank

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Artist Update With Bassist Derek Frank

Bassist Derek Frank…

Many of you will remember the last time I chatted with Derek Frank was back in 2017. The main thing that impressed me was how busy Derek was and how he juggled playing with many huge acts.

Now, I am happy to hear that Derek launched a new album last March titled “Origin Story” where he digs deep into his roots and pays homage to Pittsburg.

Join me as we get caught up after all these years and hear the details about the new album, how Derek gets his sound, and his plans for the future.

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String Instrument Humidifiers

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String Instrument Humidifiers

String Instrument Humidifiers

After living in some very humid parts of the country for decades, we moved to a dryer, much sunnier location. As a result, I started noticing some fret sprout on my string instruments and recently did a video on fret sprout correction.

It occurred to me that I should take a more preventative approach to string instrument humidification. Of course, I turned to my instrument maintenance experts, Music Nomad Equipment Care, for a solution and they suggested their Humitar series. (Note: They sent two press samples and I purchased the remainder online.)

Join me as I look at these useful tools for keeping my string instruments in tip-top condition.

The Humitar series is available online at Music Nomad Equipment Care, as well as Amazon.com

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