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BASS2BASS with FREEKBASS – Doug Wimbish

A visionary musician who gets inside the mind of whatever musical situation he is in, Wimbish both elevates it and adapts to it, flawlessly. His playing is timeless, and he can fit into any musical-genre with ease.

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If there was a team of the X-Men consisting of all bass players, Doug Wimbish would be Professor X.

A visionary musician who gets inside the mind of whatever musical situation he is in, Wimbish both elevates it and adapts to it, flawlessly. His playing is timeless, and he can fit into any musical-genre with ease. With a resume that most musician could only dream of, (Living Colour, DMD, The Vibes, Tackhead, Sugarhill Gang), Doug Wimbish is moving the bass into the future. I am lucky enough to have him as my featured guest in this month’s BASS2BASS, and honored to call him a friend. I hope you enjoy.

You have been asked to be a director on a movie about the bass guitar. Describe your movie and what’s the theme song?  

The movie sets out to tell a tale on how we as bass players, are influenced by those who paved the sonic roads before we started our own individual sonic journeys. We bass players listened, watched, practiced and respected the techniques, skills, groove and lanes of the legends, which helped each of us to create our own unique sound.

Scene One-

The movie would begin with an aerial shot of a forest somewhere in the Pacific Northwest.

The camera zooms in to a tree being felled by loggers.

The story follows the wood from the tree as it eventually makes its way into the hands of Leo Fender, who crafts the wood into the first Fender Precision Bass.

Scene Two-

The camera moves to a recording session at the Snake Pit in Detroit’s Hitsville USA – home of the Motown label. The camera zooms in to capture the hands of James Jamerson masterfully playing his Fender P-bass while recording with the Temptations.

Scene Three –

It’s now 1975 and inspired by the genius of James Jamerson, a very young bassist, Doug Wimbish, is seen recording the song “Funkanova” with his ’72 Fender Jazz bass at All Platinum Studios with the band Wood, Brass & Steel.

The Theme Song of the Movie is Wood, Brass & Steel’s 1976 classic,
“Funkanova” listen here.

I know you use a lot of pedals, but there is always room for more! What pedal would you like to see created and what would it do?

  • Imagine a device somewhere between the size of the Eventide H9 and Pigtronix Infinity Looper pedal (BTW, two of my favorite pedals!)
  • The pedal would have knobs that light up, each knob would have a display.
  • Ideally the pedal would have stereo inputs and outputs, expression pedal input, headphone jack, USB input, Bluetooth and connectivity to a cloud server.
  • Zero Latency is important.
  • The server would have an array of effects to choose from and enough storage space for your selected effects settings.
  • Depending on the effects, certain knobs will light up and the display will give you access for tweeking the pedal.
  • The pedal would also be iPhone, android & tablet compatible for editing. The pedal would have a modular design, with the ability to be connected to each other.
  • The name of the pedal? The WimBash Sound System!

If you were to create a band made up of all bass players, who would be in it and what instrument would they play knowing their style / skill-set? And – what’s the name of the band?!

“Hand Shake” – that’s what I’d call this All-Star band!

Here’s the line-up for this bass orchestra:

  • James Jamerson as the driving force. Larry Graham and Bootsy Collins providing the
  • Funk and vocals. Bootsy on Drums!
  • Jaco Pastorius on fretless, drums and keyboards.
  • Billy Sheehan and John Entwistle providing their stadium sonic frequencies.  
  • The Vic’s and the Bailey’s – Victor Bailey, Victor Wooten and Steve Bailey keeping all melodies and sonics in check.
  • Mohini Dey and Mono Neon – the next bass generation is here with their amazing style and groove.
  • I would be the tech – all the music, players, instruments, pedals I get to be around – yeah!

What is your favorite bassline (sampled or original) used in a hip-hop song?

My favorite Hip Hop Bass Line is Grandmaster Flash and the Furious 5’s “White Lines” — A classic, driving, groovy, funky and hypnotic bass line.

What superhero would make the best bassist?

Thor would be my choice for Super Hero Bassist.
His low end is thunderous.
He has lightning speed.
His style is from another world .
I believe he uses steel round wound strings.
His hammer on technique slams!

Visit online at dougwimbish.com

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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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