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Bass Guitar Magazine Issue 59

Bass Guitar Magazine Issue 59

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Issue 59 October 2010
Regulars Interviews 
08THE LOW DOWN
Keep up with all the latest new gear andindustry news…
14BASS TO THE FUTURE:ZANDER ZON
Introducing solo bass specialist, Zander Zon
16TAKE FIVE: JOHN ‘RHINO’EDWARDS
Still rocking all over the world, the Status Quobassist reveals his top ve albums
18BASSICALLY SPEAKING
We talk to Marcus Keenan, Adam Irwin, MarkusLaakso, Simon Wright, Matt Armstrong andFrédéric Leclercq
20MATT GARRISON
Mike Flynn chats to Matt about hisgroundbreaking new solo project
45‘FIELDY’
 The Korn bassist talks us throughtheir best album to date
Bassically Speaking 
Bassically  Speaking 
Bassists tell us
what they do in a minute or less!
MattArmstrong
,MurderByDeath
Precision,amodified70sPrecision,anEpiphoneJackCasadyandaMichaelKelly acoustic/electric.Icurrently playthroughanAmpegSVT-4Prohead.IuseanAmpeg8x10”andanEmperor2x15”togetherinthestudioandamcurrently touringwithaSchroeder4x12”cabinet.MybassheroesareSimonGallup(eCure),esecretofplayingbasswellisknowingyourjobintheband.Sometimesit’sOKtobeupfront,butalotoftimes youjustneedtobetheretokeepthingsfromfallingapart.Whatyoudon’tplayisoftenasimportantaswhatyoudoplay.MybassesareaFirstActCustomsemi-hollowbody,aFenderAmericanDeluxeJohnCurley(AfghanWhigs),
 
DominicAitchison(Mogwai),GregEdwards(Failure)andEricAbert(eLifeandTimes),butIwasremindedrecentlythatthegreatestbassplayerofalltimemayvery wellbeJohnPaulJonesofLedZeppelin.Hisplayingissointricate,yetsotasteful.
 www.murderbydeath.com
MarkusLaakso
Chaosweaver
esecretofplayingbasswellisunderstandingthatbassandguitararecompletelydifferentinstruments.Don’ttrytoplaybasslikeaguitarist:focusonthegrooveandwritingbassarrangementsthatcomplementthewholenessofthesong.Mybassstyleisstrippeddownandtothepoint.IuseIbanezBTBbasses,SansAmpbasseffects–mainlyfuzzanddistortion–andFendertubeamps.MyfirstbasswasanIbanezBTB400,andI’vestuckwiththeserieseversince.BTBsareaffordable,easytoplay,wellstructuredandgood-looking.My bassheroesareSamiYaffa(MichaelMonroe,HanoiRocks,JoanJett,NewYorkDolls)andRobertTrujillo–mastersofthegroove.IabsolutelyadoreTrujillo’sinnovativeLatinfunkthumbingstyleonthe
 InfectiousGrooves
and
 SuicidalTendencies
albums.Iknowpeoplearegoingtohatemeforsayingthis,butIthinkhisuniquetalentsarebeingwastedonMetallica’snot-so-bassist-friendlymusic.Hedoesn’tgettheopportunitytoshine.egreatestbassplayerthateverlivedisGeezerButler.Hemightnotbetechnicallythemostadvanced,buthe’sthecoolest.
 www.chaosweaver.info
SimonWright
65daysofstatic
EverythingIplayisreally quitebasic–rootnotes,powerchordsandsoon.IuseanESPLTDEC-254ATwithEMGpickups.It’sbeatenandbatteredattheedges,butwellloved.MyrigisanSWR750XampandanAmpeg8x10”cab.eonlyeffectsIuseliveareaBossEqualizerpedalandaFulltoneMosfetBass-Drive.ForthelastrecordIspentsometimeplayingwithanElectro-HarmonixPOG.TogetherwiththeBass-Driveitmakesanoisesomewherebetweenacircularsawandaspaceship.Idon’tplaya5-stringbecause,asitstands,IbarelyuseallofthefourstringsIhave.Addingafifthwouldjustconfuseme,orgivemeideasabovemy station.WhenthePixieswerelookingforabassplayer,they specified‘please,nochops’inthewantedad.OrsoIheard.KimDealwriteseffortlessly coolbasslinesandisinoneofthegreatestbandsever.Enoughsaid.Myfirstbasswasahand-me-down,handmade,sky-bluePrecisioncopy.Ithadamirroredscratchplate,weighedaton,andplayedlikeasuspensionbridge.Istillhaveitsomewhere.I’dsellit,butitmightbemorevaluableasfirewoodwhenthetimecomes.Idonotslap,becauseitconjuresupanimageof AlanPartridgeplayingairbasstoaGaryNumansonginhiscaravan.Soitmostlyhasnegativeorhilariousconnotations,I’mafraid.
 www.65daysofstatic.com
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Bassically Speaking 
AdamIrwin
BlackSpiders
Idon’tplay5-stringbasses.Youcandoeverythingyouneedtodowithfourstrings;infact,atapushIcouldprobablymanagewiththree!Anythingmoreissuperfluousand,frankly,showingoff.MymainbassisaMarcusMillerseriesFenderJazz,andIhaveastandardJazzasaspare.IplaythemthroughacloneofaBrassmasteroctavefuzzpedal,builtbyourguitaristOzzy,intoaBugeraBVP5500ampandan8x10”Peaveycab.MyfirstbasswasaverycheapJazzcopybyacompanyI’veneverheardof before,orsince,calledLegend.WhenIfirststartedplayingIwasinapunkband,andwe’doftenindulgeintheclichéoftrashingourgearattheendofashow.Anyway,atonegigIthrewmy bassacrossthestageandlookedoninhorrorasthebody snappedintwo!Icouldn’taffordtobuyanewbass,soIglueditbacktogetherwiththestuff theyuseforattachingskirtingboardstowalls,andcarriedongiggingitforanothersixmonthsorsountilIcouldaffordanewone.I’vestillgotitnowandplay itathome.Itsoundsterrible…PaulSimonon(eClash),KristNovoselic(Nirvana)andKimDeal(Pixies)werethethreebassplayerswhomostinfluencedmewhenIdecidedthatthiswaswhatIwantedtodo.egreatestbassplayerthateverlivedwasprobablyJohnEntwistle.Hewastechnicallyoutstandingbutneveroverlyflash;everythinghedidservedthesong.
 www.theblackspiders.com
MarcusKeenan
eHundredDays
IstartedplayinguprightbassandtubainanorchestrawhenIwasakid.Ipickedthoseinstrumentsbecausetheywerebig,loudandlookedcool.LaterIswitchedtoelectricbassandcontinuedplayingthetubainorchestras.Aroundthistime,mydadbroughthomeadrumsetthathewoninapokergameandgaveittomy twinbrother.Weplayedtogethereveryday,neverreallysayingaword.Welearnttocommunicatewitheachotherthroughourinstruments–communicationiskey.IplayaFenderJazzintoanAmpegSVTClassicwithan8x10”cab;therangeofthe4-stringbassiscompletelysuitableforthestyleofmusicIplay.Iplayeda5-stringbrieflyandrealisedthatIwasn’tusingtheextrarangeoftheinstrument,becauseitmadeeverythingsoundtooheavy.WhenIfirststartedplayingIwascompletelyblownawayby slapping.Iendedupjustspendinghoursinthebedroomslappingtheheckoutofmybass.IlaterfoundoutthatifIwantedtoplay withanyoneelse,Iwouldhavetotoneitbackandrelyonmusical judgement.egreatestbassplayerthateverlivedisDonald‘Duck’Dunn,thehousebassplayeratthelegendaryStaxrecordlabelandbassistforBookerTandtheMGs.IfirstsawDuckinthe
 BluesBrothers
movieandwantedtobejustlikehim.Everythingheplaysissotastefulandwellcrafted.
 www.myspace.com/thehundreddays
FrédéricLeclercq
DragonForce
Mybassstyleissimple,effi cientandusesfastpicking.IplaymysignatureESPbass,theFL600,andalsotheForest,BandSurveyorseries.IuseRocktronBlueunderandUtopiaB300effects,withPeaveyTourheadsandcabinets.Idon’treallyneedmorethanfivestrings–Ihavesmallfingerssoitwouldn’tbeascomfortableforme–butIdousea5-stringwhenI’mdemoingsongsformyotherband,Maladaptive,becausewetunetoC.Idon’tknowthesecretof goodbassplaying–maybesomeonecouldtellme?Iguessyouneedagoodsenseofrhythmandharmony,andyouneedthehumilitytoservethemusic.Myfirstbasswasfromafriendwhogotitfromanotherfriend.Ithadnobrand,sincesomeonescratchedoutthebrandname.Ineverreallyhadbassheroes,butIwouldmentionSteveHarrisandNikkiSixx,notparticularlyfortheirstylebutfortheirattitudeandcharisma.egreatestbassplayerthateverlivedisVictorWootenorJimmyJohnson!
 www.dragonforce.com
©HelenPurvis
 
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26FREEBASS
Peter Hook, Mani and Andy Rourke have joinedforces to create the ultimate bass supergroup
32JON THORNEAND DANNY THOMPSON
Jon Thorne unveils his new album, written intribute to double-bass legend Danny Thompson
41COLIN EDWIN
Joel McIver meets Colin Edwin, bassist withBritprog legends Porcupine Tree
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