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Ep. 46 - Tom Kennedy - Dave Weckl/Mike Stern/Steps Ahead /Michael Brecker

Tom Kennedy is an accomplished touring and studio musician who ranks as one of the top acoustic and electric bass players in the world. His credits include performances and recordings with both mainstream legends and leading contemporary players. Tom’s musical roots with on the acoustic bass, an instrument he started playing at age 9 and took to so naturally that within a few years he was performing with internationally known players such as Freddie Hubbard, James Moody, Nat Adderly, Sonny...


Ep. 45 - Igor Saavedra - 8 String Bass Pioneer

Born in South America (Chile), Igor Saavedra started playing bass at 22 years old. He's considered by the most prestigious critics as an ambassador of the authentic South American bass culture and one of the world's most innovative, respected, influential & virtuoso bassists, granting him as being a Pioneer of the 8-String Bass (since 1999) & one of the absolute Masters on the Extended Range Basses field. Well known for not using any knobs or effect/volume pedals, relying only on his hands...


Ep. 44 - Tim Curnick - Killing Heidi/Dingbats?!/Old Man River

Tim is a freelance bass player and music producer located in Sydney (and increasingly, Melbourne). A lover of all music, he cut his teeth playing soul and roots based music around Sydney in the early 2000s. He was mentored by the late bass player/composer Jackie Orszaczky, with whom he had the fortune of playing with in the the last few years of his life. Experienced in many fields and genres, he has performed, recorded and toured with some of the worlds most respected artists. International...


Ep. 43 - Demonterious 'DETOXXX' Lawrence - Kendrick Lamar, Avery Sunshine, Angie Stone

Atlanta born and raised, Detoxxx honed his craft playing in the gospel churches of America's 'Bible Belt' and has since gone on to be a first call producer and session bassist in the RnB, Hip Hop and jazz/funk/soul scenes. Detoxxx was a joy to hang with while he was in town with Avery Sunshine, a gig in which he is able to showcase his deep pocket as well as ability to step into the limelight and bust out some seriously tasty chops! Follow him on Instagram @detoxxxmusic...


EP. 42 - Marty Holoubek - Sex On Toast/James Morrison/The Lagerphones

Marty Holoubek was born and raised in Adelaide, South Australia, where he spent his formative years studying in the prestigious Marryatville High School Special Interest Music Program. Joining the Elder Conservatorium at the University of Adelaide to further his musical education, Marty was awarded Mitzi’s prize for the ‘Top undergraduate bass student’ in 2010 and the following year he was awarded the ‘Most Outstanding Undergraduate Student’. Since his move to Melbourne he has had much...


Ep 41. Joshua Crumbly - Kamasi Washington/Terence Blanchard

Joshua Crumbly is an incredibly talented young musician currently on tour with Kamasi Washington and also on the verge of launching his own solo career with the release of his debut album later on in 2018. It was great to hear about Joshua's bass journey which included lessons from previous BLM interviewee Reggie Hamilton among others. Check out Joshua's website for more info: I'm very happy to announce that this episode is brought to you in association with F Bass...


Ep 40 - Reggie Hamilton - Seal/Whitney Houston/Mariah Carey

Fender artist Reggie Hamilton is a true giant of the session scene having toured and recorded with artists such as Seal, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men, Aretha Franklin, Stanley Clarke and then there is is long list of film credits including Passenger 57. In this interview we discuss his beginnings on bass, how Stanley Clarke helped his career as well as the thinking behind his signature Fender bass and his involvement with the incredible REDDI. I'm...


Ep. 39 Rick Leon James - Daniel Beddingfield/Jessie J/Yolanda Brown

Born and raised in Trinidad, Rick Leon James moved to London when he was 15yrs old to pursue his dream of becoming a professional bass player. Fast forward to 2018 and he's played bass for such UK pop acts as Jessie J, Daniel Beddingfield, Tinie Tempah and is currently touring the world with saxophonist Yolanda Brown. A player with incredible facility on the bass, Rick is now making a name for himself as a producer and as a solo artist. Check him out here: I'm very...


Ep. 38 Evan Marien - Wayne Krantz/Allan Holdsworth/Virgil Donati/Solo

More Evan Marien is well known to bass players around the globe for his amazing youtube videos (including one of the first 360o videos I ever saw) featuring his fluid, melodic soloing, awesome use of fx and slick production values. However, he has built an enviable career as a side man playing for guitar gods such as Wayne Krantz and Allan Holdsworth. In this interview we discuss his early influences which include Nu Metal and Jaco, his association with Ken Smith Basses,...


Ep. 37 Steve Hunter - Chick Corea/Billy Cobham

Steve is a world renowned bass player. He has recorded 9 albums as bandleader and a further 6 albums as co-leader. He has recorded or toured with Billy Cobham, Chick Corea, Bobby Previte, Ulf Wakenius, James Muller, Carl Orr, Dig, Renee Geyer, Maxine Nightingale, Kate Ceberano, Doug Parkinson and many others. It was a real pleasure to sit down with Steve at his home in Sydney while I was up there for some gigs, unfortunately it was a little last minute so the audio isn't quite up to my usual...


Ep. 36 Phil Stack - Thirsty Merc/James Morrison

Phil Stack is a bass player of formidable prowess, having been a member of Aussie pop rock chart busters 'Thirsty Merc' for over 15yrs, Phil has toured the world and rocked some of the biggest stages around, however, he has also had a successful career as a bona fide jazz musician and most recently as an independent singer songwriter. In this episode we talk about Phil's bass journey, his passion for upright playing and his approach to playing Thirsty Merc repertoire 15yrs on. We also...


Ep. 35 Cornell Williams - Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen

Cornell Williams is one of my favourite 'pocket' style players, in that his time, tone and taste (note choice) are pretty much perfect for the material he is performing, and on the odd occasion when he does step forward he is super lyrical yet still so funky! It was a real pleasure to get to hang and jam with Nell while he was in town with Jon Cleary, I even got to play THAT Modulus, what a bass! Remember to share, subscribe and drop a review for the podcast anywhere you see fit!...


Ep. 34 - Jonathan Dimond - Bass Riyaz

Jonathan Dimond is an incredibly accomplished musician, composer and educator based in Melbourne. Having studied Indian classical music to an extremely high level, his rhythmic understanding is exceptional, coupled with his formidable technical facility and knowledge of western classical and jazz music, Jonathan is a truly inspiring bass player. In this episode we discuss some of his practice methods using a kick drum pedal and a woodblock, his bass journey, studying in USA and India and...


Ep. 33 Evripides Evripidou - Virgil Donati/Frank Gambale/Dave Weckl/Mike Portnoy/Warwick

Evripides Evripidou is one of those rare bass players that seems to be able to straddle opposing genres with ease and authenticity. Playing bass for such fusion giants and Virgil Donati, Dave Weckl and Frank Gambale would be enough to catapult any bass player into the history books, but Evri has neither rested on his laurels or adhered to the stereo types associated with such complex music and has continued to forge his own musical and dare I say spiritual path on the bass. It was a...


Ep.32 Drew Dedman - Made in Melbourne/Superheist

Like myself, Drew Dedman is a self professed bass nerd and we get deep into a lot of topics in this interview like Drew's roots in speed and prog metal, his gigging philosophy, practice tips, his time with Melbourne Nu Metal kings Superheist, the current music industry climate and of course: bass gear! Youtube: Facebook: Drew Dedman the Electric Bassplayer Debut solo record "Made in...


Ep. 31 Neil Kennedy/Cole Clark - The Luthier's Perspective #2

Bass player, educator and luthier Neil Kennedy stopped by with a few examples from his stunning new line of basses soon to be released in conjunction with legendary Australian guitar company - Cole Clark. We discuss a range of bass building topics ranging from fingerboard radius, wood choice (including indigenous Australian woods), neck construction, bridge material etc etc; and we also hear about his bass journey and thoughts on technique and the science of bass building. Follow his work on...


Ep. 30 Michael Manson - George Duke/Kirk Whalum/Larry Carlton/Jeff Lorber

Chicago native Michael Manson has filled the bass chair for some of the top names in jazz and gospel music such as George Duke, Larry Carlton and Kirk Whalum. I caught up with him while he was in town with Jeff Lorber Fusion and we chatted about what it takes to be prepared for a high profile gig like that as well as the importance of developing your own voice on the instrument, his classical upbringing and his solo career. Manson not only has blazing chops but his sense of melody and pocket...


Ep. 29 Claire Cross - "Enthusiasm goes a long way..."

I was excited to have Claire on the podcast as not only is she a fantastic bass player, composer, band leader and educator, but she has a passion and drive for music and self improvement that is really inspiring. In this episode we hear about how Claire ended up falling in love with the bass, her penchant for classic artists like Steely Dan and Duran Duran, touring America with the outrageously talented 'Kneebody' and why enthusiasm has been so important to her musical development. Remember...


Ep. 28 René Flächsenhaar - Bass The World

If you've ever trawled YouTube for bass gear demos (and let's face it, who hasn't), chances are you've come across Gregor Fris's 'Bass The World' YouTube Channel which will have exposed to the immense bass playing of René Flächsenhaar. After watching a few videos of René playing numerous exotic basses, I was struck by the depth and variety of grooves he could demonstrate with seemingly effortless ease. I reached out to René during my recent trip to Europe and we caught up at local music...


Ep. 27 - David Searle - The Luthier's Perspective

David Searle is a Melbourne based luthier who hand-crafts incredible instruments with a wide variety of tone woods and design aspects. In this interview we talk about what to look for in your first bass, tone woods, scale length, designing your own custom bass, active vs passive and a whole lot more! Be sure to visit the Melbourne School of Guitar Making website to find out more!