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Interview with Bassist Mark Egan

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Bassist Mark Egan…

Many of you will remember the interview Steve Gregory did with iconic bassist Mark Egan back in 2018.

Since then Mark has been incredibly busy touring (pre-COVID), and has just launched his new album for our listening pleasure. “Electric Blue” is the culmination of an ongoing musical relationship that has lasted nearly half a century between Mark and drummer Danny Gottlieb. (See track by track breakdown below!)

Electric Blue

Available now on CD and vinyl on Wavetone Records

We got a chance to give this fabulous collection a listen before the September release and you can see what we thought about it in our “Music On Our Radar” feature.

Join us as Mark shares the interesting details around this project, his gear, record label Wavetone Records, and plans for the future.

A Track by Track Breakdown of Electric Blue by Mark Egan:

1. “Back and Forth” — This song started with a multi-tracked drum/percussion groove. We then added a groove fretted bass line, a fretted bass comping bass part, then a soloing fretless bass. The form was derived from the Fibonacci Sequence also known as the Golden ratio, a special number approximately equal to 1.618 that appears many times in geometry, art, architecture and nature. By taking the total number of measures and multiplying by the golden ratio and repeating that process several times, we came up with different sections where we placed the chord changes.

2. “Cabareté” — This is a song that was previously recorded on my trio record, About Now, with Danny Gottlieb and keyboardist Mitch Forman. It’s a song that was inspired by a trip to the Dominican Republic to perform with Elements in the town of Cabareté and it captures the spirit of the people and scene there. We thought it would be a good vehicle for improvisation and have always enjoyed playing it as a duo.

3. “Down The Road” — Danny started this laid back groove on brushes and drum kit with overdubbed cymbals and we came up with this chord form with me playing a fretless groove part for the basic track. An additional fretless solo bass part was overdubbed.

4. “Electric Blue” — The title track of the project is an improvisation with a drum feature that was first recorded as duo with just drums and bass. Danny overdubbed two tracks of shakers. The track has a very wide dynamic range and features Danny’s powerful open groove playing.

5. “Come What May” — The basic groove was recorded with drums and bass as an improvisation. A fretless solo was overdubbed as well as bass harmonics.

6. “Blue Sound Bath” — This is another example of our duo improvising where we discuss a general mood and direction and then just go…. The last part features Danny’s signature cymbal playing with bass harmonics.

7. “Hookey” — This is a short and playful groove that we put together in the studio. It starts and ends with an 8th note bass line that serves as a melody than is a vehicle for a bass solo and interplay in a punky sort of groove.

8. “Offering” — The closing track is a multi-tracked improvised piece. The original tracks are drums and double-neck bass with digital delayed loops. Another bass melody track on double-neck bass was overdubbed along with cymbals and percussion. We have recorded tracks like this with our group Elements and we wanted to record a similar mood as a duo. 

Electric Blue available now on CD and vinyl on Wavetone Records

For more information, visit online at markegan.com

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Gear News: Ibanez & Graph Tech Launch Multi-Scale Bass with Cutting-Edge Tuning

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Gear News: Ibanez & Graph Tech Launch Multi-Scale Bass with Cutting-Edge Tuning

Ibanez & Graph Tech Launch Revolutionary Multi-Scale Bass with Cutting-Edge Tuning Technology.

Ibanez Bass, renowned for pushing the boundaries of innovation in the music industry, is proud to announce an exciting collaboration with Graph Tech Guitar Labs, pioneers in instrument technology. Together, they introduce the revolutionary SRMS725 5-string Multi-scale Electric Bass and SRMS720 4-string Multi-scale Electric Bass featuring Graph Tech’s cutting-edge Ratio® Machine Heads.

The SRMS725 & SRMS720, part of the esteemed Bass Workshop series, represent a fusion of unparalleled craftsmanship and state-of-the-art engineering. Boasting a mesmerizing Blue Chameleon finish, this instrument embodies elegance and performance.

At the heart of this collaboration lies Graph Tech’s Ratio Machine Heads – a game-changer in the world of bass tuning. Unlike traditional machine heads, (which use a single gear ratio for all strings, such as 20:1) Ratio® Machine Heads employ a calibrated gear ratio for each string position. Why? Every string reacts differently to tuning adjustments, making the Low E or B on a bass hard to dial in the tuning because they are so sensitive to any adjustment. Fine-tuning where you need it. With every string having the same feel and response, players experience unparalleled control over their instrument’s tuning, resulting in a predictable, precise tuning experience with the musician in total control. 1 turn = 1 tone on every string. This same feel and response carries over to ratio-equipped electric and acoustic guitars.

We found RATIO® machine heads to be extraordinarily accurate, and we were particularly impressed with how easy drop tuning is with them, especially when dropping to D on the fourth string and to A on the fifth.,” says Ibanez. “This characteristic makes RATIO® tuners incredibly well suited for hard rock and other heavier sounds, so we thought they’d be a perfect match for our SRMS720 and SRMS725 basses. We’re also aware that Graph Tech is entirely committed to continuous product innovation, which fully aligns with our philosophy at Ibanez. .”

Innovation has always been at the core of Graph Tech’s philosophy,” says Dave Dunwoodie, President at Graph Tech Guitar Labs. “With Ratio® Machine Heads, we’ve reimagined the tuning experience, providing musicians with a tool that enhances their creativity and expression. Teaming up with Ibanez to bring this technology to the SRMS725 & SRMS720 represents a milestone in our journey to redefine industry standards.

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Artist Update With Mark Egan, Cross Currents

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Artist Update With Mark Egan, Cross Currents

I am sure many of you are very familiar with Mark Egan as we have been following him and his music for many years now. The last time we chatted was in 2020.

Mark teamed up with drummer Shawn Pelton and guitarist Shane Theriot to produce a new album, “Cross Currents” released on March 8th, 2024. I have been listening to this album in its entirety and it is simply superb (See my review).

Now, I am excited to hear about this project from Mark himself and share this conversation with our bass community in Bass Musician Magazine.

Photo courtesy of Mark Egan

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Review: Minuendo Lossless Earplugs Live 17dB

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Review: Minuendo Lossless Earplugs Live 17dB

Minuendo Lossless Earplugs Live 17dB…

Minuendo Lossless Earplugs Live 17dB – Hearing protection has always been front and center on my mind because I love music so much, I cannot imagine my life if I were unable to hear.

You might remember back in 2021, we had a good look at the Minuendo Lossless Earplugs featuring adjustable protection. This system has a lot of very good features but there was always the question of how much sound attenuation to choose.

Now, the great folks at Minuendo have come up with a new version of their earplugs that has a set 17dB noise reduction. You still get a lot of the great features of the adjustables but you just don’t have to think about the specific sound level. In addition, this new version of earplugs comes at a very attractive price point.

For more information, visit online at Minuendo.com

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Interview With By the Thousands Bassist Adam Sullivan

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Interview With By the Thousands Bassist Adam Sullivan

Bassist Adam Sullivan…

Hailing from Minnesota since 2012, By the Thousands has produced some serious Technical Metal/Deathcore music. Following their recent EP “The Decent”s release, I have the great opportunity to chat with bassist Adam Sullivan.

Join me as we hear about Adam’s musical Journey, his Influences, how he gets his sound, and the band’s plans for the future

Photo, Laura Baker

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Will Turpin, Celebrating Collective Souls 30th Anniversary – June 2024

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Will Turpin, Celebrating Collective Souls 30th Anniversary - June 2024

Will Turpin, Celebrating Collective Souls 30th Anniversary – June 2024…

Will Turpin - Bass Musician Magazine - June 2024

I am sure many of you will remember my chat with Will Turpin in 2018 when he released his solo album Serengeti Drivers.

We had a chance to get together again as his band, Collective Soul, is celebrating their 30th anniversary and releasing their new album “Here to Eternity”.

Join me as we get caught up on the new album and all of Collective Soul’s projects, the details about his very own Real To Reel Studios, how Will gets his sound, and all the cool plans and projects going on soon.

Here is Will Turpin!

Photos: Cover, Derek Alldritt | Video Photos, Derek Alldritt, Lee Clower, Brian Collins

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