The Real World: Jon Preis

September 28, 2010
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bp1010_comm_rw_nrHome base Willamett Valley, Oregon

Occupation Recreation Consultant

Gigs The Yachtsmen, Cumulus, Plazaphonic , Chasing the Ghosts, 6Volt, the Grey Effect

Basses Fender Precision Bass (modded to ’62 specs, with Badass bridge), Fender Aerodyne Jazz (with Badass II bridge), 1978 Peavey T-40, Epiphone EBO (modded with EBO bridge pickup and Badass bridge)

Rig Ashdown MAG 600 head, Mesa 1516 (1x15+1x10+2x6) cabinet, SWR Working Pro 12, Gallien-Krueger Backline 10

Effects Furman power conditioner, Boss TU-12 Tuner, Wampler Clean Buffer, Tech 21 SansAmp programmable Bass Driver (as EQ), Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI (as overdrive), Aphex Punch Factory optical compressor, Boss Bass EQ, Electro-Harmonix Bass Big Muff, MXR Smartgate

Strings, etc. Ernie Ball Slinky and Power Slinky, D’Addario Short Scale, DR Lo-Riders, Dunlop Ultex .73 picks, George L’s Cables

Heroes & Inspiration Joe Strummer, Pino Palladino, Jared Reynolds, Nate Mendel, Mike Watt, Paul Simonon, Ben Kenney, Dexter Gordon, Ray Brown, Geezer Butler, Steve Harris, David LaBruyere, Tim Commerford, Chris Chaney, Dave Grohl. Inspiration comes from the music, artists, and producers I work with, and Bass Player plays a huge part in my practicing, even when I don’t really feel like it.

How did you come to play bass? The rhythm of songs has always resonated with me most. My folks listened to a lot of jazz, and that provided a great foundation prior to discovering the wonder of rock.

What’s a lesson you’ve learned along the way? Be patient, listen, and ask questions of a composer or producer for their vision of a tune.

What are your musical goals? Looking actively for education and finding opportunities to audition for national/international projects.

Contact www.myspace.com/jonpreis

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