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Ep. 53 Felix Pastorius - Hipster Assassins, Onyx Collective, Yellowjackets, Mu'tet

Felix Pastorius!!! A true gentlemen and rising star of the bass guitar, it was a privilege to get to spend some time with Felix and hear more about his philosophy on music and life as well as some insights into his musical journey and family life.


Ep. 52 Jay Bratten - Drake/Mark Ronson/Musiq Soulchild

Born and raised in Delaware, Bratten grew up in a musical family. He was influenced by his father, James Bratten Sr. who played the bass guitar and directed the choir at church. His mother and sister sang in the choir along with other local groups. Gracing many stages, Bratten has had the opportunity to play with an plethora of artists including Drake, Jill Scott, Mark Ronson, Eric Roberson Musiq Soulchild, Mario Barrett, Fantasisa, Jaguar Wright, Flo Rida , Martha Munazzi, Tye Tribbett,...


Ep. 51 Leland Sklar - James Taylor/Phil Collins/TOTO

Leland Sklar is a true living legend of the music world. Having played on over 2,500 recordings, toured the world with such iconic acts as James Taylor, Phil Collins and Toto along with numerous television appearances around the globe, Lee Sklar is a bass player you've probably already heard more than you know. It was an absolute honour to spend a few hours with Lee at my home studio while he had a day off from the Phil Collins tour and it's my pleasure to bring this interview to you all!


EP. 50 Shem Von Schroeck - TOTO/Kenny Loggins/Don Felder

Shem von Schroeck has been entertaining audiences since he was 3 years old. A veteran of the stage and recording studio, he has performed in all 50 United States and 54 countries around the world as a singer, multi-instrumentalist, and music director in a diverse range of genres. Currently the bassist and principal backing vocalist for the legendary band TOTO, Shem has additionally toured and recorded with several international and Grammy Award-winning artists, including Kenny Loggins,...


Ep. 49 Pete Martin - Kamaal Williams/Courtney Pine/Natasha Beddingfield

I caught up with London bassist Pete Martin while he was in Melbourne touring with nu jazz keys sensation Kamaal Williams. We recorded this interview the morning after Williams sold out show at the Corner Hotel in Melbourne so despite the jet lag and road weariness Pete was super generous with his time and we get into some great dialogue about technique, Garry Willis, the current music industry, touring with Natasha Beddingfield, his early inspirations, his upcoming solo album and much more!...


Ep. 48 - Kevin Scott - Forq/Wayne Krantz/Jimmy Herring

I caught up with Kevin while he was down under with FORQ and recorded this interview by his hotel pool. After 15 years on the Atlanta music scene, bassist Kevin Scott is expanding his musical and geographic reach. In the last year, he has toured and recorded with Jimmy Herring and John McLaughlin’s “Meeting of the Spirits,” Wayne Krantz, FORQ, and Matador Soul Sounds. Kevin’s creative spirit and instinctual, groove-driven playing have made him a must-have on many exciting and unique...


Ep. 47 - Jarman Donohue - Men Imitating Machines

When I first saw what Jarman and Matty were doing in their band 'Men Imitating Machines' I was convinced there must be tracks running in the background, but then I found out their motto is 'Live as F***' and that everything you hear is being created in real time, live in front of you. I was fascinated to find out how Jarman was creating such epic subsonic landscapes with what looked to be a humble jazz bass, enter: The Industrial Radio Pro4. This incredible instrument built in Sydney is one...


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...