Trickfish Amplification Welcomes Ernest Tibbs and Jarmaine Hall to Their Artist Family

Trickfish Amplification welcomes veteran bassist and educator Ernest Tibbs and inspirational composer, producer, Gospel, Jazz and Fusion bassist Jermaine Hall to the Trickfish family
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Trickfish Amplification welcomes veteran bassist and educator Ernest Tibbs and inspirational composer, producer, Gospel, Jazz and Fusion bassist Jermaine Hall to the Trickfish family

Trickfish is honored to welcome bassist, clinician and educator Ernest Tibbs to its growing list of endorsers. A celebrated student of the Bass Institute of Technology, Ernest graduated in 1989 and received the Bass Student of the Year award for his skill, knowledge and dedication to the craft. Since then the Los Angeles native has gone on to develop an impressive list of credits that include work with Natalie Cole, Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight, James Ingram, Allan Holdsworth, Simon Phillips, Dean Brown, Harvey Mason, Scott Henderson, Andy Summers, Jeff Richman, Thom Rotella, David Benoit, David Garfield, Phil Upchurch, Dan Segal, Tom Scott, Eric Marienthal, Brian Auger, Ronnie Laws, Jeff Lorber, Lee Ritenour, John Pisano, Brian Bromberg, Brandon Fields, Norman Brown, Russian Pop Star Alsou, as well as symphony orchestras in San Francisco, Atlanta, and Los Angeles.

“It seems like I’ve played through every amp out there at some point or another.” states Ernest. “Playing spot dates forces you to use whatever the backline company has available and sometimes it’s OK, other times it’s not that great. In order for me to truly express myself I need an amp that gives me a balanced, clear sound, and a realistic bottom end that can hold up when I’m digging in. I just want to play the music, not worry about my gear. I ran into Richard from Trickfish at an Xotic Bass Day event and he invited me over to audition the Bullhead1K and two SM112’s. We played a bunch of basses through it but what got me was when he played some drum loops through the rig LOUD and I played bass along with the tracks. I was blown away. I never thought something so small and light could sound so big!”

“I bumped into Ernest recently and we talked about music, basses, amps and bad backs...” laughs Richard Ruse. “Ernest was looking for a sound that was somewhat elusive and I suggested he come out and try a Trickfish rig. We played my J Bass with the Flex Core pre-amp, a passive MTD, a vintage P Bass with flat wound strings, his Xotics bass and a super sweet F Bass fretless. We cranked the daylights out of the little stack and he was sold! For Ernest it’s about diversity and sensitivity – he’s a pro and he needs to come up with a wide range of sounds and feels while still maintaining his own identity. Ernest is around players who know tone and expect the guys around them to care as much about it as they do… For me, after all is said and done, Ernest loves the gear but more importantly he’s an honest guy, a wonderfully nice man who’s been through some tough times yet still smiles and laughs at life’s challenges. He’ll bring a lot to the table over time and I’m humbled and proud that he’s part of the family.”

Trickfish is honored to welcome bassist, producer and composer Jermaine Hall to its growing list of endorsers. Originally from Albany, Georgia but currently based in Atlanta, Jermaine has been musically nurtured since the age of 8; first by his father and then by a succession of mentors that have helped him find his voice and establish himself as a courageous artist. He released his freshman effort “IDEOLOGY” to great critical acclaim and is currently working on his second release, “Scattered, Covered” which will feature bass greats Tony Grey and Mike Pope, the legendary guitarist Alex Machachek and Rami Lakkis just to name a few….With God first and a determination to stay focused on his musical vision, Jermaine continues to grow and stand out as an esteemed, inspired bassist.

Jermaine’s search for the tools that would help him communicate his artistic vision has led him through a maze of instruments and amplifiers; many of which are excellent products but for one reason or another fell short of his vision. His relationship with a cited mentor, Mike Pope, ultimately brought him to Trickfish. “Mike’s a good friend but that had little to do with my endorsement of these products. It was his commitment to the quality of the MPP products he designed and built and his experience as a world-class bassist that steered me towards the company.” states Jermaine. “Apparently my instincts were correct as the amplifier is more than I ever expected. Mike’s EQ is beautiful, the amp is powerful and the interface is elegant but it’s the system approach – head and cabs that’s really put it over the top for me. This is a special rig – and it’s challenging me to play my best.”

“I saw Jermaine’s profile on FB and felt he was somebody we should get to know. I had no idea he was thinking along those very same lines and within 24 hours we had sent each other friend requests!” States Richard Ruse, Trickfish founder. “I (of course) did some Google due diligence and discovered this fantastic artist that IMHO has a very bright future. Jermaine is a gifted, inspired and a positive human being - the type of person we welcome into our growing family. We initially connected via the phone and effortlessly burned up an hour talking bass, gear and life. He now has a BH1k and 2 SM112’s that he takes to gigs and to the clinics he gives at local Atlanta schools. I’m flattered that he loves the gear and he’ll be a wonderful ambassador for the brand but, most importantly, he’s a good man who I’m sure will become a trusted and valued friend over time”
Located in Southern California, Trickfish Amplification designs and builds professional grade musical instrument amplification products created to inspire musicians to play and sound their best.

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