The Real World: David Geiger

Home base Cincinnati, Ohio

Home base Cincinnati, Ohio

Occupation Strategic Account Executive

Gigs Burning Iris, ESP

Basses 2010 Fender American Jazz Bass, Ibanez SR755, Michael Kelly Acoustic Bass

Rig Ampeg SVT-4PRO, Ampeg 810E cab

Effects Boss ME50B

Strings, etc. GHS Bass Boomers

Heroes & inspiration Geezer Butler, Geddy Lee, Billy Sheehan, John Paul Jones, Jaco Pastorius

How did you come to play bass? They had an after-school guitar class at the Cincinnati School for Creative and Performing Arts, and I was the only one who signed up so they cancelled it. The teacher was also the orchestra director and asked if I wanted to take the upright bass via his class, since the notes transferred directly to electric bass. How could I resist?

What’s a lesson you’ve learned along the way? Someone told me a long time ago, “It’s not called ‘the music pleasure.’” There are times when music becomes a job. That’s the time to change your situation or lay it down for awhile, because all the really good music is created when you’re having fun.

What are your musical goals? I would love to be the bass player on a song that went national.


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