With Pop Evil currently on tour in support of their most recent album, Onyx, we caught up with bassist Matt DiRito and asked him to name his five all-time bass gods!
1. Jaco Pastorius
"Even though he died at an early age, he set the bar for progressive jazz and fusion. His sound really stood out to me, especially his use of harmonics on his fretless electric bass. He really began to experiment and bring that creativeness to a new level with songs like 'Continuum.' "
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2. Victor Wooten
"The first time I saw him in concert I was literally speechless afterward. I had the chance to meet him but no words came out. It's a hell of an experience to see pure talent and groove flow so effortlessly from someone; it's like he speaks a second language through his four strings."
3. Nikki Sixx
"Although he isnt typically labeled as the best 'player' in the industry, his stage presence is second to none. He taught me what rock and roll looks like—mean, aggressive, dirty, foul, unforgiving and fun. He is someone who performs the music in a way that speaks more than just notes."
4. Twiggy Ramirez (Jeordie White)
"Twiggy always had a special place with me as being a quiet guy that you couldn't take your eyes off of. Not only is he a fantastic performer, but his musical arrangements and very appropriate bass work always caught my ear. Never overplayed, but always a substantial part in the writing."
5. Billy Sheehan
"The best of both worlds. Great style and playing. One of the first bass players in the glam/hair metal scene to really step up and shred right along with his guitarist. I remember watching him solo and hitting pinch harmonics and thinking, How in the hell?"