Name Antonio Caetano Fernandes
Home base Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Occupation Bass and guitar teacher
Gigs Corporate functions, weddings, bars, clubs, etc.
Basses Ibanez SR900
Rig Ibanez Soundwave 60
Strings, etc. DR and Elixir Strings
Heroes & Inspiration Pino Palladino, Richard Bona, Victor Wooton, Jaco Pastorius, Marcus Miller
How did you come to play bass? As a guitar teacher, I had many requests to teach bass, and I reluctantly agreed. In 2005, I got a gig where I couldn’t find a bassist, so I had to make that switch or loose the gig.
What’s a lesson you’ve learned along the way? The bass is much more demanding then most people think. As a guitar player, I could afford to mess up and no one noticed. The bass needs to be dead-on in time, feel and delivery. There is no room for error; you cannot pretend, and that is a challenge! I used to think that I was a pretty good guitar player, but this instrument has humbled me.
What are your musical goals? I need to be better then yesterday! I need that one gig that is going to shape up and seal my reputation as a good bass player and a musician. I hope that gig will come one day.
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Name Jacob Garza
Home base La Puente, CA
Occupation Day-care teacher
Basses Fretless Squire Vintage Modified Jazz Bass
Rig Acoustic 360 head and 4x10 cab
Effects Digitech compressor, envelope filter, and distortion pedals
Heroes & Inspiration Miles Davis, John Zorn, Bill Laswell, Tony Williams, D.R.I, SNFU, James Brown, James Brown, Micheal Henderson, Paul Jackson, Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, Nomeansno
How did you come to play bass? It fit my personality. It seemed to me that the bass is the instrument no one notices until it’s not there.
What’s a lesson you’ve learned along the way? Listening and being open to various styles of music will help you grow by as a musician, artist and person.
What are your musical goals? To continue playing and growing, allowing music, art and this world to inspire and influence me.