Home base Centennial, Colorado
Occupation IT Professional
Gigs Zing!, Coral Creek, Eddie & The Haskells, Exit 232, The Naughty Chanteuse Review
Basses Kinal SKB-5, STR LS-549, LeFay Midas 5, Brooklyn Custom 5, Xotic XB-2 6, Stambaugh Fretless 5, Yamaha BB-2000 (fretted and fretless), Fender Precision Bass (MIJ), John Kallas 66 Jazz Bass, Custom TBC Lightwave Fretless 5
Rig Eden WT-800, WT-405, WT-390, and WTX-260 heads; Eden D112XLT and D110T cabinets
Effects Roland CE-20 Chorus, Roland SY-3, Line 6 Echo Park
Strings, etc. Elixir
Heroes & Inspiration Leland Sklar, Jimmie Johnson, Blake Eberhart, George Hawkins Jr., Kevin Gilbert, John Entwistle, James Jamerson, and Jaco Pastorius
How did you come to play bass? As a 14-year-old trombone player, I saw that all the girls were interested in guys in rock bands. I figured learning the bass guitar would be easier because it only had four strings. It was a conscious decision to meet girls and become more popular. The good news is, it worked!
What’s a lesson you’ve learned along the way? There will always be someone who can play rings around you on a technical level, so just focus on playing for the song and don’t worry about the competition. Also it’s the space between the notes that really matters. It’s not how many notes you can play or how fast you can play them.
What are your musical goals? Continue to develop my skills as a producer and player. Find as many opportunities to play original music as possible. Continue to impart my passion and love for music to my daughter Jasmine who is already a guitar-playing singer-songwriter at only 14 years old (www.jazzyrenee.com).