The Real World: March 2013

Home base Merritt Island, Florida; Kaiserslautern, Germany
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Michael G. Hoelen II
Home base Merritt Island, Florida; Kaiserslautern, Germany
Occupation Supply Technician/Musician
Basses Sandberg TM4, Sandberg TM5, Fender American Series Jazz Bass V, Ortega KTSM 5 acoustic bass guitar
Rig Ampeg SVT-3PRO, Ampeg Portaflex PF- 500 combo
Effects Boss ME-50B, Boss SYB-5 Bass Synthesizer, Boss RC-30 Loop Station, Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver
Strings Elixir
Heroes & inspiration Bootsy Collins, Mark King, Billy Cox, Marcus Miller, Victor Wooten, T.M. Stevens, Louis Johnson, Larry Graham, Darryl Jones, Andrew "The Bullet" Lauer, Geddy Lee, the list goes on.,

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How did you come to play bass?

I started playing when I was 14. After hearing Red Hot Chili Peppers, Level 42, Parliament-Funkadelic, and many others, I was hooked. Once I picked up the bass, I never looked back!

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

Be true to yourself. Technique is great, but it’s not everything. Play for the song and the groove. Sometimes less is more. Be tight with your drummer as a friend and with the music.

What are your musical goals?

To continue recording/gigging with friends. Start recording my own music. I’d also like to start touring with artists, if possible. Most importantly have fun while making music.

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