The Real World: Chris Labenne

Home base Northeast Ohio (Akron area)

Home base Northeast Ohio (Akron area)

Occupation Bassist, composer, graduate student

Gigs Redline

Basses Warwick Rockbass Corvette 5-string, Fender Standard Jazz Bass, Ibanez AEB10E acoustic-electric bass

Rig Behringer BX4500 Ultrabass head, Behringer BA410 4x10 cab

Strings DR Lo-Riders

Effects Snarling Dogs Bootzilla Bootsy Collins signature Bass Wah with Fuzz, Rocktron Banshee Talk Box

Heroes and Inspirations John Entwistle, Flea, Jaco Pastorius, Stu Hamm, Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis

How did you come to play bass? When I was 13, I had a friend who played bass and I really wanted to learn it.

What’s one lesson you’ve learned along the way? Less notes, more precision. Even the simplest, most easy-to-play bass line can sound like a busy, funky masterpiece if it fits like a glove.

What are your musical goals? I’d dig winning a Grammy or playing a big nationwide tour. Oh, or writing a big film score! That’d be awesome, too. I’m also in graduate school getting my teaching license.



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

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