The Real World

Name Travis LumpkinHome base King William, VA Occupation High school student Gigs Bad luck there, I’m afraid! Always getting canceled, etc.
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Name Travis Lumpkin
Home base King William, VA
Occupation High school student
Gigs Bad luck there, I’m afraid! Always getting canceled, etc.

Basses Schecter Studio-5, 1988 Aria Pro II CTB 5-string, Laguna acoustic bass guitar, Squier

Rig Ampeg BA-115 and a small practice amp with distortion as an added boost with fuzz.

Effects Boss RC-2 Loop Station, Boss ODB-3 Bass Overdrive, Boss GEB-7 Bass EQ, Digitech Chorus, Dunlop Cry Baby Variable Q Bass Wah

Strings, etc. Dean Markley Blue Steels

Heroes & Inspiration 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 first inspired me to ask my parents for a bass.

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. Keep your mind open to the new and the random.

What are your musical goals?

Possibly attending Victor Wooten’s bass and nature camp next year. Long term goal: BASS PLAYER Player of the Year, 2020. It could happen!


Name Sean Fairchild
Home base Seattle, WA
Occupation Unemployed
Gigs Solo work, teaching, Roxbury Pound, Credit Unions of Washington

Basses Warwick Streamer Stage II 5-string and Streamer Stage I 6-string, self-built fretless made while interning with Dave Bunker at Bunker Guitars

Rig Genz Benz Shuttle 6.0, Avatar Neo 4x10, Dell laptop, Ableton Live, Behringer MIDI pedal

Effects Plugins hosted in Ableton Live, Digitech Talker, Ernie Ball volume, Boss PH-3 Phase Shifter, Boss MT-2 Metal Zone, Boss GEB-7 Bass EQ, MXR Bass Q, self-built Fairchild Fuzzulator distortion

Strings, etc. 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 in Tokyo when I was 13. My Dad had befriended a band of Aussies that lived in Tokyo, and their bassist gave me a Kasuga Gibson EB-0 copy that his friend 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 are a trillion traditionalists—push limits. None of my influences got where they are by sticking to old, preconceived notions.

What are your musical goals?

I’ve been teaching for some time, and I find that very rewarding, but I really love to play. I would love to find a way to make enough money playing music to teach casually.

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The Real World, July 2010

Name Jeremy Kaplan Home base Worcester, MA Occupation Quality Engineer for a battery company (Boston Power) Gigs Jumbled Mess (original band), Drivin’ Rain (cover band), BFJ (praise band) Basses Marcus Miller Fender Jazz, Music Man Sterling 5, Fender Standard Jazz

The Real World(2)

Name Dave BaronHome base New YorkOccupation Camera assistant for NBC’s 30 RockGigs The Georgia 5, Huggy Bear & The Sweathogs, The Twelve (a rock musical)


The Real World: Joel Loh

Home Base Singapore Occupation Graduate student Gigs Crossculture, freelance pub gigs Basses Eminence portable upright 5 string (EADGC), Korean French style bow Yamaha BB450 Rig Line 6 Lowdown Studio 110 (for small venues), Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI (for