The Real World: June 2014 - Thorkil Christensen

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Thorkil Christensen
Home base Copenhagen, Denmark
Occupation Web design teacher, musician
Gigs TOP Jam
Basses Fretted Celinder Custom 6, fretless Celinder Custom 6, Fender P-Bass (Diamond Series)
Rigs My large rig: Aguilar DB 659 into a Yamaha Power amp (I’m looking to replace that setup with an Aguilar DB 751), Eden 4x10 cabinet; my club/small rig is an Aguilar Tone Hammer 500 and two Aguilar SL 112 1x12 cabinets
Effects Emma DiscumBOBulator (for funky wah/synthbass sound), Aguilar Octamizer
Heroes & inspiration Anthony Jackson, Gary Willis, Jaco Pastorius, Paul Jackson, Alphonso Johnson, Francis “Rocco” Prestia

How did you come to play bass?

Having a father who is a professional musician, I guess it was in my genes to pick up an instrument. And the bass kind of picked me. I just love that thing!

What’s a lesson you’ve learned along the way?

To be the bass player and to groove! Like so many other young players, I have been obsessed with playing fast. I think it comes from growing up on Jaco and Tower Of Power’s Rocco Prestia. I focused on speed. Technique is great, but it’s a tool. Now I’m focusing on making my playing more fluid and more legato with longer notes while trying to keep up some speed because of the band I play in.

What are your musical goals?

One of my dreams has come true: I have always wanted to play in a great Tower Of Power cover band. I want to get more into doing my own stuff, whether it’s funk, which I love, or jazz-fusion, which I also really love. I just want to play all the time!

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