The Real World: Chris Davison

Home base Red Bank, NJ
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Home base Red Bank, NJ
Occupation Musician, marine mechanic
Gigs The Inversion Circus (instrumental jazz/fusion/hard rock)
Basses Ken Smith Design Burner 6 Deluxe (my go-to bass), custom 6-string and J-style bass that I built, Agile (Brice) HXB 406, Alvarez AEB6 6-string, Dean EAB 4-string, Fender Precision
Rig Carvin B2000 head, Carvin BRX 10.4 cab
Effects dbx 266xs compressor, Alesis Microverb 4 (with RFX wireless controller) MidiBuddy MP128P, Korg Pitchblack rackmount tuner, LiveWire PC1100, Morley Little Alligator volume pedal, Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi, Boss AB-2 A/B switch, EBS OctaBass, SKB PS-45 pedalboard Strings, etc. DR Strings Hi-Beams (.030–.130), Comfort Strapp
Heroes & inspiration Victor Wooten, Steve Bailey, Anthony Wellington, Stanley Clarke, Oteil Burbridge, and other amazing players

How did you come to play bass?

A family friend introduced me to Hughie Thomasson (guitarist for the Outlaws and Lynyrd Skynyrd) and opened my eyes to the world of music at age ten. He then gave me my first bass, a Fender Precision which I still have.

What’s a lesson you’ve learned along the way?

No matter what, play with passion, and be kind to everyone you meet along the way. Be professional, always, and do exactly what you say you are going to do.

What are your musical goals?

To play music I love to play and never stop growing as a player and musician.