The Real World: November 30, 2009

 The Real World

Greetings! Since last week's announcement that we're bringing back Introduce Yourself (now named "The Real World"), we've been swamped with submissions at Keep it up!!! We're really looking forward to reading every one.

Every month, we could literally fill a magazine with all the submissions we get, so we'll have to carefully select a few to appear in the print mag. But there lies the beauty of the web: endless space! SO, every week we'll be posting a pair of players for you to get to know. Check out what they have to say, be SURE to check out their music, and for Pete's sake (whoever he is...), Introduce Yourself!

Name: Travis Lumpkin
Home base: King William, VA
Occupation: High School Student
Gigs: Bad luck there, I’m afraid! Always getting canceled, etc. It’s tough out here, and the musicians I play with have priorities other than gigging.

Travis Lumpkin

Basses: Schecter Studio-5, 1988 Aria Pro II CTB - Series 5-string, Laguna acoustic 4-string, and an old Squier
Rig: Ampeg BA-115 and a small practice amp with distortion through it as an added boost with fuzz.
Effects: Boss looper, Digitech Chorus, Boss Bass Overdrive, Dunlop Cry Baby Variable Q bass Wah, Boss Bass EQ
Strings, etc.: Dean Markley Blue Steels

Heroes & Inspiration: Too many to mention! My current big inspirations have been Victor Wooten, Les Claypool, Marcus Miller, John Paul Jones, Phil Lesh and Paul McCartney.
How did you come to play bass? I fell in love with Tool. Their bassist Justin Chancellor single-handedly inspired me almost 4 years ago now to go out and beg my parents for a bass so I could learn. I’ve never looked back.
What’s a lesson you’ve learned along the way? Remember what’s important. What you’re playing, the people that listen to you, the people you play with, and keep your mind open to the new and the random.
What are your musical goals? I’ve got a couple at the moment. Pick up my crap, start gigging like crazy around here, keep some recognition with me and my band (*The Creators of The Cosmic Haze*) for our original music that we’ve been both working on and loving playing and writing. Also I plan on maybe learning and playing with new musicians at Victor Wooten’s bass/nature camp next year. I think that’ll be an amazing experience. Finally, as a personal long term goal = Bass Player Magazine’s Bass Player of the Year Award 2020. It’ll happen.


Name: Sean Fairchild
Home base: Seattle, WA
Occupation: Unemployed
Gigs: Solo work, teaching, Roxbury Pound (funk/groove) various recording projects (most recently for Credit Unions of Washington), various fill-ins

Basses: Warwick Streamer Stage II 5-string and Streamer Stage I 6-string, plus a self-built fretless made while interning with Dave Bunker (Bunker Guitars)
Rig: Avatar neo 4x10, Genz Benz Shuttle 6.0, Dell laptop, Ableton Live hosting a ton of plugins, Behringer MIDI pedal
Effects: Many are plugins hosted in Ableton Live, but also have a pretty large pedalboard that includes a Digitech Talker, Ernie Ball volume, Boss Phaser, Metal Zone, and Bass EQ, MXR Bass Q, self-built Fairchild Fuzzulator distortion, and more!
Strings, etc.: Whatever I can get a deal on at the time, generally D’addario XLs or Prosteels.

Heroes & Inspiration: Squarepusher, Flea, Les Claypool, Victor Wooten, James Jamerson, Tom Kennedy
How did you come to play bass? I was visiting my Dad who lived in Tokyo at the time, when I was 13. I was a saxophonist in the school band, but my Dad had befriended a band of Aussies that lived there in Tokyo, whose bassist gave me a free Kasuga Gibson EB-0 copy that a friend of his had found in a dumpster! I took it home to Seattle, and within about 6 months I knew I would be a bassist for the rest of my life.
What’s a lesson you’ve learned along the way? There’s a trillion traditionalists—push limits. None of the influences I gave above got where they are/were by sticking to old preconceived notions.
What are your musical goals? To be able to play music for a living! I’ve been teaching for some time, and I find that very rewarding, and furthermore I consider it somewhat of an obligation, but I really love to play. I would love to find a way to make enough money playing music to teach casually.




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: 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


The Real World: Joel Loh

Home Base Singapore Occupation Graduate student Gigs Crossculture, freelance pub gigs Basses Eminence portable upright 5 string (EADGC), Korean French style bow Yamaha BB450 Rig Line 6 Lowdown Studio 110 (for small venues), Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI (for


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: Jonathan Crane

Home base Schofield Barracks, Wahiawa, Hawaii Occupation Army Bandperson Gigs 25th Infantry Division “Tropic Lightning” Band, MPT D Show of Force Basses Army Spector NS 4, Modulus Graphite Quantum 5 string personal Roscoe SKB 3006 Rig Tech 21 SansAmp RBI


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: Barry E. Nelson

Home base Lancaster, California Occupation Supervisor Gigs The New Jazz Ministry, the Groove Committee Basses 5 string Washburn XB 125, 1974 Fender Jazz Bass, fretless Tokai Rig Hartke HA3500, Hartke 2x10 & Peavey 1x18 Samson VR3 wireless Strings Rotosound Swing

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