The Real World: November 2013 - FunkyLB

Home base Philadelphia, PA
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Home base Philadelphia, PA
Occupation Academic information scientist and weekend warrior
Gigs The Rosemary Fiki Band, HoneyBrowne Collective
Basses Lakland Skyline 44-01, Schechter Diamond P Custom, Ibanez RD500 with three-year- old EB flats, Peavey BXP 4 Grind
Rig Gallien-Krueger MB500 head, Gallien- Krueger MBE 2x10 cab; TC Electronic RH750 head, TC Electronic BC410 4x10
Effects MXR Bass Envelope filter, Electro- Harmonix Memory Boy, Dunlop Cry Baby 105Q bass Wah, DigiTech Bass Chorus Deluxe; MXR El Grande Bass Fuzz, Zoom B3 multi-effects pedal
Strings, etc. Rotosound Swing Bass 66, Ernie Ball Flats
Heroes &Inspiration Hometown hero Rodney “Rah” Miller, Stevie Wonder’s left hand, Prince, Meshell Ndegeocello, Pino Palladino, Nathan East, Marc Broussard/Raphael Saadiq bassist Calvin Turner, and Carol Kaye.

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How did you come to play bass?

I started out as a singing-songwriting keyboardist who later added playing guitar to my arsenal. I eventually got tired of playing only keyboard bass on demos of my original songs and thought, “If I can play guitar, I can play bass.” Well, we bass players know how naive a notion that is. I started with super-rudimentary, root-five bass lines on my songs and slowly stumbled into the greatest love affair of my life—the one I continue to have with electric bass.

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

Bass is that essential glue between a song’s fundamental pulse and the melodic/harmonic magic that happens up top. Always be a solid, seamless, and unobtrusive link between the two.

What are your musical goals?

To finish my EP of original songs and to get HoneyBrowne Collective, my singing/songwriting/ instrument-killing group of women musicians, firmly ensconced in people’s musical imaginations.

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