Author: iBass

Matt McJunkins: So You Want A Career In Music?

Matt McJunkins has emerged as one of the most sought-after bassists in American rock music today. A steady stream of touring has kept him increasingly busy over the past few years, with ASHES dIVIDE, 30 Seconds to Mars, Puscifer, A Perfect Circle and Eagles of Death Metal occupying much of his time onstage. Matt has also put the finishing touches to the debut release by The Beta Machine, an electronic-led rock project directed by Matt and drummer Jeff Friedl. So You Want A Career In Music? Congratulations! You’re about to embark on a very interesting journey that will (hopefully) take...

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Jon Thorne: You Are The Instrument

Meet double bassist and long time supplier of the low-end for Lamb, Jon Thorne. It’s been 15-odd years since Jon came to some prominence as bassist with experimental trip hop duo Lamb, seamlessly integrating the double bass within electronic dance music. And for Jon, his musical journey seems to have come full circle.  You Are The Instrument For me, the most important realisation you can come to in your search to becoming a better musician is that you are the instrument. Not the bass. The benefits of this are extremely liberating. It means you are not constrained by what you are physically...

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SansAmp – Bass Driver Version 2

The classic Bass DI from SansAmp get’s an update Tech21’s successful attempt to squeeze vintage tube tones into a compact DI box has taken another turn – the Bass Driver DI Version 2. This time it’s been upgraded with a bass frequency switch for those 5- and 6-string bass players who want to select between 80Hz and 40Hz. Another plus is the addition of a mid control with an adjustable frequency of 500Hz and 1000Hz. This latest version has also retained the existing functionality of the original, with controls for level, blend, treble, presence and drive....

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Larry Graham

Larry Graham, once of Sly and the Family Stone and now of Graham Central Station, tells us about the riff that launched a million players. Larry Graham’s iconic basslines became the driving force behind many of Sly and the Family Stone’s groundbreaking hits and paved the way for slap-bass playing the world over. With his own group, Graham Central Station, tracks like ‘Hair’, ‘Pow’ and ‘It’s the Engine in Me’ epitomised Graham’s percussive bass grooves, which incorporate a combination of trademark ‘thumps and plucks’. ‘My sound actually has a lot to do with the way I play and how...

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