Sergeant First Class Tedi “Son of Pearl” Robinson
Home base Baltimore, Maryland; Panama City, Florida
Occupation Recon NCO 32nd CST (WMD) Team
Gigs Club Meade, Ft Meade Md., Son Of Pearl
Basses Dean Rhapsody 8-string, fretless Fender Jazz, and semi-hollow Ibanez ASB180
Rig Ampeg SVT-CL head
Effects Snarling Dogs Bootzilla Bootsy Collins Signature Bass Wah, Electro- Harmonix Big Muff Pi, Dunlop Crybaby Bass Wah, DigiTech Synth Wah
Strings, etc. Rotosound Jazz Bass 77
Heroes & inspirationStanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, Aaron Mills, Wayman Tisdale
How did you come to play bass?
I am self-taught; my first lessons came from my uncle, a guitar player, who taught me two songs: “Slide,” by Slave, and “Brick House,” by the Commodores. But once I got into jazz and rock, it was all over. When my mother passed, he had to find a way to keep us off the streets in the projects, and music was the way to keep three boys engaged in a positive manner.
What’s a lesson you’ve learned along the way?
It is all about the passion and the “nod factor”—if the bass line cannot immediately make the listener nod, you’ve lost the true focus of your craft.
What are your musical goals?
To make the kind of music that makes other bass players say to themselves, “I hear ya!” Now that my military career is complete, I would love to give music back to the world. I feel that giving the world music is a selfless act we can all use.
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