Home base Chesapeake, Virginia
Occupation Part-time musician
Basses Ibanez Soundgear, Steinberger L2, 1976 Fender Precision, fretless Fender Squier Jazz Bass
Rig Gallien-Krueger Backline 600 through a Flite 4x10 cab, Genz-Benz Shuttle 6.2, Carvin MB10 Micro Bass 1x10 (for solo practice)
Effects MXR Bass Auto Q, Visual Sound H20 chorus/echo
Strings Elixir, Rotosound Swing Bass
Heroes & inspiration Too many to list, but here are the top of the crop: John Entwistle, the man who first made me want to play bass; Paul McCartney; Billy Sheehan; Victor Wooten; Stanley Clarke; and John Paul Jones
How did you come to play bass?
I always had a deep love for music. With four older brothers and two older sisters in my family, there was always a lot of great music in the air. I didn’t start playing until I was 20—I wanted to learn an instrument, and I mistakenly thought that it would be easier to learn an instrument with four strings as opposed to six. Being that I have a natural sense of groove, however, it worked out okay. When I heard John Entwistle doing his solo spots on “My Generation” and “The Real Me,” that sealed the deal. I knew then that bass had a cool factor and could be an outlet for creative originality.
What’s a lesson you’ve learned along the way?
Show up to gigs and rehearsals early (or at least on time). Know the material, play in the pocket and for the song, conduct yourself in a professional manner, be reliable, always help with load-in and loadout, don’t overindulge in alcohol (even if it’s free), and stay away from drugs. Lawyers are expensive, and brain cells don’t grow back.
What are your musical goals?
To switch over to playing music full time this year. I just need to find the right people to work with, so if you know a band or artist that needs a bassist, give me a shout! My label, Studio X Music, sells and licenses music from projects I’ve been a part of over the years, either as a bassist or producer. And I’m really excited about finishing Jazz X, a three-year recording project with my good friend Brian Wohlschlegel. We shared the bass duties, although Brian—an outstanding bassist and engineer—did most of the bass lines. I did a few bass tracks and produced the CD.
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