The Real World: Introduce Yourself!

 Introduce Yourself returns to Bass Player

For over 20 years, Bass Player has introduced readers to the baddest bassists on the planet. While high-profile records and tours give some sense of the immense talent out there, we know that for every rock star or jazz legend, there are thousands of devoted bass players honing their craft in churches, clubs, bars, and wedding halls around the world. If that sounds like you, we want to hear it!

Starting in the February issue of Bass Player, THE REAL WORLD will profile two players who keep it real on the local level. To introduce yourself, send the following form to, along with a digital photo of yourself holding or playing a bass. Please make sure the photo is roughly 5x7 at 266 dpi in size, and attach the file as a .JPG, .TIFF, .PDF, .PSD, or .EPS. Thanks ... nice to know you! —Brian Fox

Home base:
Strings, etc.:
Heroes & Inspiration:
How did you come to play bass?
What’s a lesson you���ve learned along the way?
What are your musical goals?
Contact (website/myspace/facebook/twitter, etc.):



The Real World: Jon Preis

Home base Willamett Valley, Oregon Occupation Recreation Consultant Gigs The Yachtsmen, Cumulus, Plazaphonic , Chasing the Ghosts, 6Volt, the Grey Effect Basses Fender Precision Bass (modded to ’62 specs, with Badass bridge), Fender Aerodyne Jazz (with Badass II bridge), 1978


The Real World: Gregori Hofman

Home base Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa (currently in London, U.K.) Occupation Student musician Gigs Noush Skaugen, Hepz Tagoe, Maryland, K Loc Basses Fender Deluxe Precision Bass, Warwick Double Buck 5 string, Fender American Deluxe 5 string, Ibanez acoustic bass

The Real World: Jamie Vink

Home base Boise, Idaho Occupation Video editor Gigs Audio Moonshine, Andy Byron & the Lost River Band Basses Epiphone Thunderbird, Fender Jazz Bass Rig Carvin RL6815 Cyclops Effects Boss Stereo Chorus Heroes & Inspiration Victor Wooten, James Jamerson, Jared Followill


The Real World: Brian Ellis

Home base Brooklyn, NY Occupation Clerical associate Gigs Gospel services Bass Schecter Stiletto Studio 5 Rig Hartke 3000 head, Hartke 4x10 cab Effects Korg Pandora PX4D Strings, etc. Hartke Light 5 String Heroes Verdine White and Robert “Kool” Bell History


The Real World: David Salwitz.

Home base Seattle, WA Occupation Project Manager Gigs Indigo Soul (indie rock), the Grand Delusion (Styx tribute), Highway Run (Journey tribute) the About Face Band (classic rock) Basses Music Man StingRay 4, Music Man StingRay 5, Moog Taurus Bass Pedals


The Real World: Spencer Pyne

Home base Centennial, Colorado Occupation IT Professional Gigs Zing , Coral Creek, Eddie & The Haskells, Exit 232, The Naughty Chanteuse Review Basses Kinal SKB 5, STR LS 549, LeFay Midas 5, Brooklyn Custom 5, Xotic XB 2 6, Stambaugh