In today’s podcast we catch up with the truly phenomenal Kai Eckhardt.
A star sideman to the likes of John Mclaughlin and Billy Cobham, Kai Eckhardt has forged an incredible career based on his subliminal bass tones and melodic solos. Driven by an unshakeable dedication to music, he easily qualifies as one of the most important bass voices of his generation. We spoke for over an hour about all manner of things, from melody and chord sequences to touring and moving to America.
In today’s podcast I sit down with Geoff to share my story.
My love affair with the bass started in the North West of England, where I got a job as an apprentice luthier at Overwater Basses. During the next few years, I landed a gig on a cruise ship where I learned the ropes, before setting up scottsbasslessons.com having been told that I wouldn’t be able to play bass again due to a neurological disorder. After discovering that silk gloves could help me regain control of my playing, I set about putting the finishing touches to SBL. Of course, it didn’t all happen overnight, and who better to delve a little deeper than our very own Geoff Chalmers.
In today’s podcast we’re celebrating our 50th episode! To mark the 50th episode of the SBL podcast we’re taking a look back at some of the best moments from our journey so far.
In today’s podcast Michael Janisch talks about his long-standing love affair with the bass.
Michael Janisch emerged as a force to be reckoned with his 2010 solo album, Purpose Built, yet almost slipped away under the radar while setting up his own record label, only to build up a headwind of critical approval with his latest release, Paradigm Shift.
In today’s podcast we unravel the tone secrets of Florence and the Machine bassist Mark Saunders.
In today’s podcast Scott meets Colin Edwin, bassist with Britprog legends Porcupine Tree.
In today’s podcast we’re talking to a modern master of the electric bass.
Best known for his work with Living Colour, Doug Wimbish can look back on an esteemed career that began in the early 80s when he was recruited by Sugar Hill Records to join the rap label’s house band.
In today’s podcast we’re talking to a bassist who’s taken the art of solo bass playing to a whole new level. Merging breathtaking technique with a compositional approach that defies logic, Michael Manring is a unique talent on the bass guitar.
In today’s podcast we follow Bryan Beller into realms of bass guitar, role modelling and rock royalty.
Bryan Beller needs no introduction. He has been at the top of his game for long enough that we all know who he is and what he does. He's the electric bass star who's known for some of the finest rock-fusion chops on the planet.
In today’s podcast we meet the bass player for pop sensation Kylie Minogue.
Dishan Abrahams is the sort of bassist whose playing can often go unnoticed, blending in smoothly while providing a solid musical link between the vocals and the rest of the band.
In today’s podcast we chat to Freekbass about spreading the gospel of funk.
Having cranked out some killer b-lines on his latest solo album, Freekbass is fast becoming recognised as one of the most iconic bass players in modern funk.
In today’s podcast we meet a player who is taking the electric bass to new heights.
Perhaps best known for his stints with Vernon Reid (Living Colour) and Dave Fiuczynski in Screaming Headless Torsos, Steve Jenkins is one of the New York bass scene’s most exciting players.
In today’s podcast Will Lee talks about his love of The Beatles and what it’s like to be one of the world’s first call session players.
In today’s podcast we meet a player who has taken the art of bass playing to a whole new level.
Victor Wooten may not need much in the way of an introduction as one of the bass world’s great pioneers. When word reached the SBL office that Mr Wooten would be making a rare appearance in the UK, the opportunity was too good to miss.
In today’s podcast Ed Friedland, renowned columnist and bassist with The Mavericks, talks about every bassman’s dream gig.
Ed got his start playing as a teenager and quickly worked his way through a slew of gigs and bands in New York, which eventually led him to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he polished and mastered his craft.
Today we’re chatting to Ariane Cap about two-handed tapping and geeking out on bass guitars.
Ariane Cap is a bassist, educator, author, blogger, composer, rocket scientist, racing car driver, wait not the last two, currently living in California. Her love of the bass guitar, and penchant for submersing herself in every genre of low end, began in her high-school days and continued to grow through many years of gigging and studying.
In today’s podcast Damian Erskine talks about his favourite gear and his fascination with improvisation.
Damian Erskine is taking the 6-string bass to new heights. Being the nephew of renowned drummer Peter Erskine, who once formed a formidable rhythm section with Jaco Pastorius in Weather Report, Damian has built up a reputation as a bass player who’s able to showcase the same extraordinary level of musicianship.
In today’s podcast Todd Johnson reveals his mastery of the 6-string bass guitar.
In today’s podcast we’re talking to Ian Stewart about delving deeper into the world of Timba and Cuban Jazz.
In today’s podcast we’re talking to Danny Mo Morris about his long-standing love affair with the bass!
You’ve got to like Danny Mo Morris. For starters, he is one of the unsung heroes of American bass playing, having spent 28 years teaching at Boston’s world-renowned Berklee College of Music. Despite the demands of his job, Danny is a relaxed, laid-back guy who’s love of the bass guitar began in his high-school days and continued to grow through many years of gigging and studying.
In today’s podcast we’re talking to the man who’s been providing the low end for Eric Gale and the Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, Cody Wright!
In today’s podcast we’re talking to the bass-playing rapper from Atlanta, Divinity Roxx.
Few faces are as instantly recognisable within the bass world as Divinity Roxx. The same is definitely true of her playing. Brought up on a diet of Earth, Wind & Fire and Slick Rick, Divinity toured with Victor Wooten for five years, and can be heard on Victor’s 2001 album ‘Live In America.’ Taking to the road once more with powerhouse diva, Beyoncé Knowles, Divinity joined an A-list of musicians who, calling themselves Suga Mama, recorded on Beyoncé’s 2006 album ‘B’Day’ and toured her 2008 release ‘I Am…Sasha Fierce.’
In today’s podcast we’re talking to six-string virtuoso Rich Brown!
Rich is a really classy player and certainly knows his way around a bass better than most. Having chosen to explore plenty of musical tangents, which have seen him dabble in many different genres, Rich has appeared on countless recordings ranging from jazz to funk to latin to traditional Asian and Arabic music.
In today’s podcast Adam Ben Ezra lifts the lid on one of my favourite YouTube videos of all time.
There are so many bass players around today, especially now with YouTube; there are millions of guys playing some incredible stuff, but from a pure bass perspective, Adam Ben Ezra is the real deal.