The Real World: November 30, 2009

 The Real World
By BassPlayer ,

Greetings! Since last week's announcement that we're bringing back Introduce Yourself (now named "The Real World"), we've been swamped with submissions at Keep it up!!! We're really looking forward to reading every one.

Every month, we could literally fill a magazine with all the submissions we get, so we'll have to carefully select a few to appear in the print mag. But there lies the beauty of the web: endless space! SO, every week we'll be posting a pair of players for you to get to know. Check out what they have to say, be SURE to check out their music, and for Pete's sake (whoever he is...), Introduce Yourself!

Name: Travis Lumpkin
Home base: King William, VA
Occupation: High School Student
Gigs: Bad luck there, I’m afraid! Always getting canceled, etc. It’s tough out here, and the musicians I play with have priorities other than gigging.

Basses: Schecter Studio-5, 1988 Aria Pro II CTB - Series 5-string, Laguna acoustic 4-string, and an old Squier
Rig: Ampeg BA-115 and a small practice amp with distortion through it as an added boost with fuzz.
Effects: Boss looper, Digitech Chorus, Boss Bass Overdrive, Dunlop Cry Baby Variable Q bass Wah, Boss Bass EQ
Strings, etc.: Dean Markley Blue Steels

Heroes & Inspiration: Too many to mention! My current big inspirations have been Victor Wooten, Les Claypool, Marcus Miller, John Paul Jones, Phil Lesh and Paul McCartney.
How did you come to play bass? I fell in love with Tool. Their bassist Justin Chancellor single-handedly inspired me almost 4 years ago now to go out and beg my parents for a bass so I could learn. I’ve never looked back.
What’s a lesson you’ve learned along the way? Remember what’s important. What you’re playing, the people that listen to you, the people you play with, and keep your mind open to the new and the random.
What are your musical goals? I’ve got a couple at the moment. Pick up my crap, start gigging like crazy around here, keep some recognition with me and my band (*The Creators of The Cosmic Haze*) for our original music that we’ve been both working on and loving playing and writing. Also I plan on maybe learning and playing with new musicians at Victor Wooten’s bass/nature camp next year. I think that’ll be an amazing experience. Finally, as a personal long term goal = Bass Player Magazine’s Bass Player of the Year Award 2020. It’ll happen.


Name: Sean Fairchild
Home base: Seattle, WA
Occupation: Unemployed
Gigs: Solo work, teaching, Roxbury Pound (funk/groove) various recording projects (most recently for Credit Unions of Washington), various fill-ins

Basses: Warwick Streamer Stage II 5-string and Streamer Stage I 6-string, plus a self-built fretless made while interning with Dave Bunker (Bunker Guitars)
Rig: Avatar neo 4x10, Genz Benz Shuttle 6.0, Dell laptop, Ableton Live hosting a ton of plugins, Behringer MIDI pedal
Effects: Many are plugins hosted in Ableton Live, but also have a pretty large pedalboard that includes a Digitech Talker, Ernie Ball volume, Boss Phaser, Metal Zone, and Bass EQ, MXR Bass Q, self-built Fairchild Fuzzulator distortion, and more!
Strings, etc.: Whatever I can get a deal on at the time, generally D’addario XLs or Prosteels.

Heroes & Inspiration: Squarepusher, Flea, Les Claypool, Victor Wooten, James Jamerson, Tom Kennedy
How did you come to play bass? I was visiting my Dad who lived in Tokyo at the time, when I was 13. I was a saxophonist in the school band, but my Dad had befriended a band of Aussies that lived there in Tokyo, whose bassist gave me a free Kasuga Gibson EB-0 copy that a friend of his had found in a dumpster! I took it home to Seattle, and within about 6 months I knew I would be a bassist for the rest of my life.
What’s a lesson you’ve learned along the way? There’s a trillion traditionalists—push limits. None of the influences I gave above got where they are/were by sticking to old preconceived notions.
What are your musical goals? To be able to play music for a living! I’ve been teaching for some time, and I find that very rewarding, and furthermore I consider it somewhat of an obligation, but I really love to play. I would love to find a way to make enough money playing music to teach casually.