Home base Los Angeles
Gigs Tina Van Merkenstyn, solo artist,
Basses Schecter Hellraiser Extreme
Rig DNA Amps 1350 head and 4x10
cabinet, Bag End 4x10 cabinet
Effects Snarling Dogs Bootzilla Fuzz Wah,
Visual Sound H20 Chorus/Echo, Dunlop
CryBaby Bass Wah, FullTone Distortion,
Fishman Fission Bass Powerchord, and
Morley AccuTuner, Optical Volume, and
T.M. Stevens Fonk Wah pedals
Strings Ernie Ball
Heroes & Inspiration Louis Johnson, Larry
Graham, Marcus Miller, T.M. Stevens, and
How did you come to play bass?
I saw a live band up close for the first time as
a child when I was around 11. The guitar player
fascinated me, so my grandmother and I went to
look at electric guitars, and then basses. I figured
four strings would be easier than six, so I chose
the bass and immediately fell in love with it!
What’s a lesson you’ve learned along the way?
No matter how small a gig may be, there is always a
significant amount of experience to be gained. And
don’t play a million notes when you’re auditioning;
give the band what it needs—good solid bass!
What are your musical goals?
To finish new songs in the studio, reissue my CD/
EP, continue marketing my music merchandise,
produce a female gospel group, and tour with a
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