In this episode I’m lucky enough to have London session legend Steve Pearce with me! If you speak to any bass players from the UK, soon enough Steve’s name will come up in the conversation.
Why? Because he’s not only one of the busiest bass players on the UK scene, he’s also one of the coolest and friendliest guys you could ever meet.
Steve’s played with the likes of Wayne Shorter, Steve Wonder, Tom Jones, Al Jarreau, Madonna, Mark Knopfler and played on film sound tracks such as Donnie Brasco, Evita, The Full Monty… I’m sure you get the idea! ;)
In this episode of the SBL Podcast we’re lucky enough to have one of my best bass buddies and one of the most inspirational guys I know - Chris “Fatty” Hargreaves... bass player for the likes of Submotion Orchestra and Alex Clare.
Chris has been at the forefront of using effects within the bass world for as long as I can remember. I’m not talking about using a few pedals here and there - what Chris has done is completely re-imagine what the bass can be used for and how it can sound from the ground up.
Today we’re lucky enough to have an amazingly experienced guest on our new podcast episode. Someone who's played, recorded and toured with some of the biggest names in the music industry... the one and only Guy Pratt.
Guy has worked with Michael Jackson, Madonna, Pink Floyd (also David Gilmour), Gary Moore, Roxy Music, Echo & the Bunnymen, Tears for Fears, Whitesnake, Womack & Womack… I’m sure you get the idea! ;)
Today we’ve got one of the hardest gigging bass players on the planet with us - seriously, he did something like 250 gigs last year!
Introducing, the one and only Phil Mann.
Phil has appeared in London’s West End on Dancing In the Street, across Europe on productions such as Jesus Christ Super Star, One Night In Vegas, Little Shop Of Horrors, Anything Goes, Fame, Bugsy Malone, The Pirates Of Penzance, Beyond Phantom, Return To The Forbidden Planet, Hairspray, Jack The Ripper… I’m sure you get the idea! ;)
To kick off this season I though it'd be great to hook up with one of my all time favourite bass players - the one and only Dave Swift.
Dave has been part of Jools Hollands Rhythm & Blues Orchestra for over 30 years, and with that band has played with artists such as George Benson, Eric Clapton, Al Jarreau, Chaka Khan, Jeff Beck, Tom Jones, Paul Weller, BB King, Adele, Amy Winehouse... I could go on and on, I'm sure you get the idea... Dave is 'experienced'! ;)
We're almost about to launch Season 2 of the Scott's Bass Lessons Podcast, but while we're in our editing frenzy here at SBL Towers I thought it'd be cool to release a special podcast episode for the "intermission" ;)
For this episode we've got the Master Luthier Chris May of Overwater Basses and we'll be talking about all things... you guessed it, bass!
Chris has been one of the most important people in my life for the last 20 years so I was over the moon when he agreed to come down to the studio and film this special episode for you.
I'm so happy to have the amazing Sean Hurley on todays episode!
If you haven't heard of Sean before, he's played with artists such as John Mayer, Alicia Keys, Robin Thicke, Ringo Star, Annie Lenox, Alanis Morissette, Idina Menzel and many more... plus... he's one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet!
I'm so happy to to have the mighty Rufus Philpot on todays episode!
Originally from the UK but now living in LA, Rufus has been a first call bass player for as long as I can remember. I first heard about him over 15 years ago from my old friend Chris May (the man behind Overwater basses)... he simply said "You heard of Rufus?... You need to check him out!"
What can I say... I've been such a HUGE fan of Tim Lefebvre for so many years!
If you haven't heard of Tim before he's played with artists such as the Tedeschi Trucks Band (his full-time gig), Chris Botti, Toto, Sting, Uri Caine, Dave Binney, Wayne Krantz, Donny McCaslin, Mark Giuliana, Donald Fagen and most notably right now, he played on the late great David Bowie's last album "Black Star".
In this weeks podcast I'm joined by truly inspirational Tanya O'Callaghan.
Tanya has an amazing story. It starts when she made the decision that she was going to be a professional musician and dropped out of school to chase that dream - before she even played an instrument!
She's a simply a prime example of how focus, determination, and passion can get you to where you want to be - as long as you're willing to dig in, and make it happen.
In this weeks podcast I'm joined by none other than Juan Alderete.
Now, if you're into bass effects... Juan is your man! In fact, he has an entire website dedicated to it...
I first became aware of Juan when he was playing for The Mars Volta, but after a little research I realised I'd been a fan of his for years as he was the bass player in Racer X with Paul Gilbert and also Big Sir.
In this episode of the Scott's Bass Lessons Podcast I sit down with none other than Marco Mendoza.
Marco has played with the likes of Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake, Richie Kotzen of the Winery Dogs, Ted Nugent, and many more... plus, right now he's playing with The Dead Daises and leading his own trio featuring Joey Heredia on drums (Stevie Wonder, Sheila E, Scott Henderson, Tribal Tech) and Renato Neto on keys (Prince, Sheila E., Justin Timberline, Christina Aguilera, Patti LaBelle, Luther Vandross).
In this episode of the Scott's Bass Lessons Podcast I sit down with the godfather of gospel bass, Andrew Gouché.
Andrew is a grammy winning producer, world-renowned bassist, musical director, producer and composer. He's best known for his creatively original bass lines and a unique sound that bass players around the world have sought to emulate. With over 30 years of experience as the bassist for many R&B and Gospel legends such as Prince and the New Power Generation, Gladys Knight, Andraé Crouch, The Winans, and musical director for Chaka Khan, Andrew is one of the most experienced bass players there is - and in this exclusive interview, he certainly delivers!
This week I sit down with the multi platinum producer Warren Huart (Aerosmith, Daniel Powter, James Blunt).
Before we go any further, I know what you're thinking... "Mmmm... it's not a bass player, I wonder if this episode is for me?"
Well, check this out - there's a reason I wanted to interview Warren...
When it comes to hiring or getting recommendations for big gigs - producers are the first stop any band, artist or record company are likely to make.
This week I sit down with legendary Chris Chaney who's worked with bands and musicians such Janes Addiction, Alanis Morissette, Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders, Camp Freddy, Joe Cocker, Shakira, Slash, Avril Lavigne, Sara Bareilles, Gavin Degraw, Cher, Celine Dion and many more....
You'll also hear in this interview that Chris is also heavily involved in the session scene and has played bass on multiple film and TV soundtracks including The Hangover, Identity Theft, Men in Black 3, Sons of Anarchy, Arthur, Horrible Bosses, Due Date, Treasure Planet, Employee of the Month Bass, 40 Year Old Virgin, and many more.
In this episode I we talk about his time at Berklee College of Music, moving to LA, living with the great drummer Gary Novak, how he ended up touring with Alanis Morissette... right through to being hired by Janes Addiction and everything in-between.
This week I sit down with the phenomenal Hadrien Feraud - bassist for bands and musicians such as John McLaughlin, Chick Corea, Billy Cobham, Jean Luc Ponty, Bireli Lagrene, Dean Brown and many more...
I know this sounds like an exaggeration, but when I first got to watch Hadrien play live (at Manchester Bass Day many moons ago) it literally changed my life. I'd never seen anyone do what he did that day - and still to this day no one has ever affected me in such a way. It simply blew my mind and I'll certainly remember that day forever.
In this episode we discuss his past, how he found the bass, how his father introduced him to many different styles of music - right through to been viewed as one of the most talented and sophisticated bass players of our time in terms of technique and improvisation.
This week I sit down with Nik West - bass player, vocalist and songwriter with credits that include artists such as Dave Stewart of Eurythmics, Prince, John Mayer, Glee and American Idol.
She's been on the cover of Bass Musician Magazine and has also been featured in Bass Player, Bass Quarterly Germany, and Bass Magazine Japan.
In this episode we discuss her past, how she found the bass, why she nearly gave up for good - right through to moving to LA, hanging out with the likes of Andrew Gouché and getting the call from Prince.
In this inaugural episode of The Scott's Bass Lessons Podcast, I sit down with the amazing Rickey Minor - bass player, musical director, composer and producer for some of the biggest artists in history including: Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera, Ray Charles, Alicia Keys, Miley Cyrus, Beyoncé and many more.
In this episode we go deep into Rickey's past, from how he found the bass, right through to working with Artists such as Whitney Houston, Britney and Beyoncé, and what it really takes to be one of the highest regarded musical directors of all time.