The Real World: Chuck Belloise

Home base Tampa, Florida

Home base Tampa, Florida

Occupation Musician

Gigs Belloise Brothers Music, OOH-LA-LA (a ’70s disco and ’80s funk band fronted by two females), and house gig at Stilettos nightclub in New Port Richey, Florida

Basses Carvin, Fender, Ken Smith, Spector, Bass Company, Palatino electric upright, handcarved German upright that’s over 100 years old

Rig Gallien-Krueger Backline series, Behringer V-Bass Pro with controller feed, QSC amp, Carvin cabs, modeling software controlled by a Zoom C5.1t USB interface feed through two powered Mackie cabs, vintage Ampeg B-410 combo Effects Zoom B2 pedal

Strings D’Addario XL-170

Heroes and Inspirations Stanley Clarke, Jaco, Ron Carter, Chris Squire, Paul McCartney, as well as jazz, funk, and progressive rock artists and many classical composers

How did you come to play bass? I saw the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 and knew I wanted to be a musician. I played upright bass before going to electric; my first paying job was in 1975, and I was performing professionally by 1976.

What are some lessons you’ve learned along the way? Hard work pays off. If you want something done—and done right—do it yourself. It’s important to help younger musicians get started; the direction you point them in will determine the future of our music.

What are your musical goals? To keep doing what I am doing. I’ve been blessed to work as a professional musician for 35 years. I have no other interest in life but to be a musician. What else is there?