Ivo Schot is a bass player from the Netherlands who is passionate about simply using a bass guitar as the main focus of music. He has started a new website and video series where he co-writes and covers popular songs as duets with vocalists to capture the power and range of the bass guitar.
As Ivo explains, "As a musician and bass player, my greatest desire is to connect and communicate. In my opinion the best way to do this, is to play a good song. So, I’ve always been slightly envious of piano and guitar players. When a vocalist and instrumentalist perform a song together, there is an intimate connection. And this is something I’ve always wanted. But it has not been enough to make me abandon my main instrument: the bass guitar. I love the bass in all her might. She is a dirty machine that can rumble, roar, grind, roll, slide and scream. As part of a band, she is the only instrument that has such a major rhythmic and harmonic influence. Being at the bottom puts you in the driver’s seat. This is powerful stuff! Fortheloveofbass is an answer to all the above. It is the connection between vocalist and instrumentalist. It is the glorification of the low end. But most of all, it is about the challenge of making a good song work with just a bass guitar and an emphasis on the song."
Here are some videos from Ivo's series 'For The Love of Bass':
"Retrograde" (James Blake cover) featuring Phos
"Aiming" featuring Nienke Lohuis
"Forsake" featuring Marlon Penn
For more visit: ForTheLoveOfBass