Thursday, March 5, 2020


1.Why Bass?

Richard: “To be honest with you, they called me one day - I was in another band, and they asked if I knew how to play bass. I said I used to and, they said, “wanna come play?” Here I am.”

2.Do you think it is unfair or just lack of knowledge bass gets so little credit?

Richard: “I actually played guitar before I came to bass, so it’s kinda…I really don’t see where it doesn’t get the acknowledgement. Obviously guitar is out front. It’s got your higher notes, more aggressiveness, for the most part.”

3.What kind of bass do you use? Model, color, year, And why

Richard: “I have a burnt orange Ibanez Soundgear. Not really sure on the year. I got it because I like the thinness of the neck, the speed on the neck.”

4.Tell us about your amplification

Richard: “I got a Bugera, it’s small little combo amp, but it puts out quite a bit of watts – enough to hang with rest of them.”

5. With all of that being said do you feel tone is an important thing for bass?

Richard: “Definitely.”

6.Do you prefer 5 strings over 4 string?

Richard: “I actually I prefer the 4 strings.”

7.Who is your favorite bassist?

Richard: “I like Billy Sheehan.”

8. Who is your least favorite bassist?

Richard: “I really don’t have a least favorite. Everybody’s contributed in their own way, so I can’t sit there and knock anybody for what they’ve done, it’s their expression.”

9.Why do you think women seem to be attracted to playing bass?

Richard: “I think that’s a ridiculous question, it’s absolutely stupid.”

10. What bassist dead or alive would you like a private lesson with?

Richard: “Billy Sheehan.”

11. Bonus question:
Bobby Doll, Nikki Sixx, Les Claypool, Billy Sheehan: which is more ridiculous and why?

Richard: “All of them are good in their own right. Everybody has their own way of playing. They contributed great for their own band, their own style.”

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