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BASS2BASS w. Stefan Lessard (FONZ)

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BASS2BASS w. Stefan Lessard…

Stefan Lessard (Fonz) along with the rest of his band, (you might have heard of) Dave Matthews Band, has what any musician wishes for: fans who stick and grow with you, making your live-show part of their life-routine, as often as possible. I was lucky enough to see a show of theirs last Summer, in a venue of about 25,000 folks. They took the vast expanse and made it feel like a small, intimate club gig, where everyone was involved in the moment.

Lessard’s solid grooves and “on-purpose” note choices, make him the type of bassist who lets the music breathe, naturally. He gives other band members a pocket to lean into. Lessard is one of the secret weapons in DMB and a tonefarmer of sonics on bass. (And a great Twitter-follow to boot!) He is a treat to hear, see live and a pleasure to talk to. I feel very lucky to have him as this month’s guest in BASS2BASS!

STEFAN LESSARD (FONZ) – BASS2BASS with FREEKBASS

What band or artist would you like to record and tour with pre-1980?

DUKE ELLINGTON, on my upright, that’s my #1.

If you were to create your own music venue with your name on it, where would it be in the world, and describe how it be different, inside or outside.

NYC unless we start moving to Mars, then I want it on Mars. How will I make it unique? I’ll use cutting edge technology and design a room that can become anyplace. Like VR except without the goggles. I’m picturing a 10,000 seat theater that can make you feel like you are watching the show on Mars, in a jungle, top of a mountain, basically, the room can change the feel of where you are watching the show from. It could simulate other famous venues also!

What melody, from any song, would sound great with the bass guitar playing it, and what pedal would you use to enhance the sonics?

Well there are so many but I particularly love jazz ballad’s performed by Miles Davis. When working with melodies on the bass “Summertime” from the Album Porgy & Bess is one of my favorite melodies.  I love my Miles Davis Omni Book. As far as pedals, I would play this with my fretless Modulus 6 string, through Hofner’s “Sound of the 60’s” pedal.

If you could give the beginner-bass-player version of you, a bit of advice about playing the instrument, what would it be – based on what you know now?

Get a strong idea of what NOT to practice and how to NOT waste time whenever you pick up your bass to practice. I am still working on the best way to maximize practice, I made a lot of excuses when I was younger about not practicing and even at times wore it as a badge, “practice, naw, I don’t need to practice we play live so much!” I was not thinking beyond my muscle memory bass “parts”. I would tell my younger before having kids and a family self to practice every chance you get!! Time is a gift. It would have made my life a lot easier NOW if I had been given that advice back then.

What superhero would make the best bass player ?

More God than superhero Thor would make an amazing bass player. Confident and solid in his convictions and with almost a full knowledge of the Universe, He carries around a hammer to lay down the law, sounds like the bass player to me.

Photos: Rodrigo Simas

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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

Visit Online:

tonynewtonmusic.com/
FB @ TonyNewtonMusic Artist
YTB @ antoniotonynewtonmusic

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