Lowdown: September 2013 - Community Action

“COMMUNITY” IS A WORD THAT GETS THROWN AROUND A LOT IN THESE parts—in scintillating strategy meetings, in riveting revenue reports, and in any number of brilliant boardroom brainstorms.
By Brian Fox ,

 BRIAN FOX“COMMUNITY” IS A WORD THAT GETS THROWN AROUND A LOT IN THESE parts—in scintillating strategy meetings, in riveting revenue reports, and in any number of brilliant boardroom brainstorms. But take a look at the section of the magazine that bears the name—and in the pages beyond—and I hope you’ll find it’s more than mere management-speak in the case of BP. Without a doubt, community engagement is the lifeblood of any media outlet hoping to stay relevant amid shifting tides of tweets, pins, posts, blogs, and vlogs.

Luckily for bass players—and BASS PLAYER—we’ve got it good. Anecdotally, just compare the common phrases you’ll find in communities that cater to other instruments—“solo,” “speed,” “shred,” “best”—with the clichés that pop up most in BASS PLAYER: “serve the song,” “meat-and-potatoes,” “bridge the gap.” Sure, there’s no shortage of bassists working to become the faster-than-you, louder-than-you, better-than-you type (and god bless ’em), but the community is packed mostly by team players who recognize the importance of supporting each other.

At an event like Bass Player LIVE!, that sense of community support is heady and heavy. (More on that in a minute. . . .). When you experience it in person between three absolute monsters in their class, as I was fortunate enough to witness in this month’s cover roundtable with Liam Wilson, Evan Brewer, and Adam “Nolly” Getgood, it’s downright intoxicating. Individually, each of the dudes is worthy of a cover story—Liam, for his 13-year tenure with the Dillinger Escape Plan, one of the most ferocious bands to come out of the progressive metal scene; Evan, as much for his prowess with technical death metal outfit the Faceless as for his forward-thinking, genre-blasting solo efforts; and Nolly, the Periphery bassist whose production expertise and seamless transition from prog-metal guitarist to extend-ranged bassist embodies the virtuosity that characterizes the genre. That much of the conversation— far too epic to print in its entirety—revolved around giving props to players who have had the deepest impact on these three rising stars stands as evidence that we’re all in this together.

On that tip, a bit of news about Bass Player LIVE!, our annual get-together in Los Angeles. Shortly after our last issue went to press, we changed the date of the event to November 9th and 10th, in part to accommodate the schedule of one of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award winners. By the time this issue hits your hot little hands, we will likely have made an announcement on bassplayer.com and via various social media. Until then, I’m keeping the news close to my chest, absolutely giddy that we’ve snagged bass god G. . . . Nope, not so fast. Think you know who’ll be joining the party? Sound off on Twitter and Facebook. ’Till next time, keep on digging deeper!