Home base Wilmington, North Carolina
Occupation Live/session bassist
Gigs Jeff Sipe Trio
Basses Modulus Quantum 6 given to me by my hero Oteil Burbridge, Roscoe Skb-3006 Fretless
Rig Epifani UL-502 head, Epifani 3x10 cabinet, El Whappo Accugroove cabinet
Effects No effects
Strings D’Addario EXL170 nickel roundwounds
Heroes & Inspiration Jaco, Oteil Burbridge, Matthew Garrison, and my mentor Steve Bailey
How did you come to play bass?
I played guitar until the keyboard player at church asked me to hop on bass for a while. I got Jaco’s debut album that Christmas, and from that point on, I was obsessed!
What’s a lesson you’ve learned along the way?
The most important lesson I’ve learned through my musical journey is how important it is to keep your ears open to different styles of music. I try to learn from everything that I hear and try to keep an open-mind about learning new genres of music. I ﬁnd musical inspiration from things as simple as listening to birds or the everyday hustle and bustle that many consider to be just “noise.”
What are your musical goals?
What are your musical goals? To use my God-given gift to play music on my bass that will touch people’s souls.
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