He’s in the Yellowjackets now, but I was having my mind blown by him when he was playing at a bar in Perth every week, back in 2005 to 2006. I got a couple of bass lessons with him back in the day, and I’m pretty sure I just asked him to shred so I could see it up close. Dane has been criminally unknown for a long time, but this is finally changing now he’s in one of the most prolific jazz fusion bands to ever do it. Dane is as outstandingly musical as he his technically brilliant. I actually don’t think there’s a better bassist out there.
How can I not have the King on this list? A pioneer of slap bass like no other, not to mention incredible brain dexterity to be able to sing over the top of his bass craziness. Songwriter and badass.
Might this guy possess the most incredible bass tone of all time? Very probably. Again, like Mark King, Etienne is a master of playing and singing at the same time. He’s truly gifted with the power of music and his compositions are amazing.
I first heard Korn when I was 11 years old and the clanky sound of Fieldy’s playing was a huge part of what makes the band so unique. I love his style to this day. I love in particular that he’s so unconventional and that he’s carved his own artistic path by doing things differently. When I play my slap parts in Voyager songs, I can feel the Fieldy in my heart trying to break free through the stings. Call me crazy but it’s a wonderful feeling!
Alain is a bass legend. Who the hell else is a master of fretless, slap and six-string bass? I just don’t get it. He’s amazing and I don’t really even know where to begin. Also a huge influence on my playing in Voyager. There are more, of course, but I’ll leave it here. What’s important for me is taking little bits of what I love about each of these incredible players and trying to make it my own.
Voyager will release their new album Colours in the Sun via Season of Mist on November 1. See video below.