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Thursday, February 18, 2021

DEEP AND HARD WITH: Requiem For Oblivion

 


1.Why Bass?

I play bass for another band

 (Lordran) full time but only play bass for Requiem For Oblivion on most the studio albums. I'm actually a guitarist first and foremost but I play extended range guitars (7, 8, 9, and 10 strong guitars). So in a way I play bass all the time anyway. Lol 


I got the gig with Lordran because they needed a bassist. I knew most the guys anyway since two of them used to be in RFO. I play an Ibanez 6 string SDGR. 




I play bass on the RFO albums because it happened that on one or two occasions we didn't have a live bass player. But there have also been couple EPs where I played everything. On one I played my Rogue bass and the current EP Hindsight 2020, I actually used my 9 string guitar.


2.Do you think it is unfair or just lack of knowledge bass gets so little credit? I think bass players bring it on themselves in a lot of ways by being boring, not being creative or not thinking outside the box enough. Yes bassists should help hold down the low end and sync with the drummer much of the time but using some flare (arpeggios, tapping, chords) is all fair game and should be utilized in my opinion. 


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

I mainly use my 6 string Ibanez SDGR (black with a faded wood color in the middle) because I bought it from my friend T.J. when I joined Lordran. I really enjoy and prefer extended range instruments so I use my 6 string exclusively now. I used to play my 5 string Rogue quite a bit and had a 4 string Dean as a backup. However I don't use either of those anymore.




4.Tell us about your amplification

I have a GK 210 Backline amp that has two 10" speakers as well as a direct out. I've had it for years and any bassist in RFO is allowed to use it. Lol


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

I do...I try to dial in a tone that allows the frilly little extra things I do to punch through all the distortion. I like listening to a bassist like Fieldy from Korn because of the tone and slappy sound he gets. 


6.Do you prefer 5 strings over 4 string?

Actually prefer a 6 string bass. Haha I may eventually invest in a seven. Mostly because I really enjoy a low growl with my bass n guitars...and I want to match the extended range guitars in my projects.


7.Who is your favorite bassist?

I grew up listening and loving Geddy Lee. No one has really usurped his place at the top of the mountain for me because he is the epitome of technicality, groove, tone and melody.



 

8. Who is your least favorite bassist?

Hmmmm...any of the guys in these pop punk bands that just ride one string and put me to sleep. Lol


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

I think in the past it was thought of as the easiest instrument to learn and an easy way for women (or anyone really) to join a band fairly quickly. 


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

Geddy Lee.


11. Bonus questionBobby Doll , Nikki Sixx , Les Claypool , Billy Sheehan which is more ridiculous and why

Les Claypool is amazing and does stupid (good) things on the bass. He also sings and writes weird songs so he would be my pick. Lol




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Requiem For Oblivion

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