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About bassist_lewis

  • Birthday 04/05/1989

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  1. I guess that depends what your dream is! For some people the uncertainty, poor pay and poor treatment is all worth it.
  2. How have you been paid so little from iTunes (aside from, you know, capitalism)? A song costs 60-99p, do they take a huge cut?
  3. I think one issue (among many!) is the nature of art: anyone can do it, which might be read as, if one person stops doing it for free, someone else will just come along and do it instead. I read an article many years ago that asserted that the reason musicians, artists and so on are generally paid so little is because there is no barrier to entry. The example they gave was of a surgeon: If you want to operate on hearts for a living, society better make damn sure that you know what you're doing! People don't make the same demands of their musicians, and you certainly won't be severely punished if you practice music without a license. Something that opened my eyes to the reality of the music industry came through friends who were acquainted with bass players who played with big name touring artists (one who played a Superbowl half-time show). When they weren't touring with these artists, they were hustling for wedding gigs, exactly the same as me.
  4. Does anyone else just like looking at the wiring underneath pedalboards? Or is that just me?
  5. My vote goes to: - Moog MF-101 Low Pass Filter - The 3 Leaf audio Proton The Moog is greasy and and squelchy, everything you'd expect from Moog, plus it has all the extra options afforded by CV ins and outs. The Proton is really clean, with really well tuned controls, and I'd say a touch more versatile than the Moog.
  6. Where did you find a hardcase? The only one I found was a discontinued Fender one. I know you said you weren't willing to pay out for a Harvest leather gig bag but... it fits my JMJ perfectly. There's just the right amount of space at the top and it doesn't squeeze the tuners too much. Like a glove.
  7. I was converted when I saw the video of Bobby Vega playing with a pick 😍 I use it for certain things, like if I'm doing a wedding and the song was played with a pick, or if I'm recording something and I want a clickier attack. Depends on the song/style
  8. I got mine 2 years ago when they were first released and I gig it as much as possible. It was my first Fender and now all I want is another Mustang! I'm aiming to put some LaBella mustang flats on it when Bass Direct finally gets them in stock.
  9. Always suspected that the concept of tonewoods was more about the listener than the wood itself. Josh Scott of JHS pedals has a YT channel where he was, on occasion, addressed various myths about different types of circuit construction and components, and explains how little difference they actually make, provided the components are the same values and wired properly. I think we like to romanticise and mythologise the gear we love because we want to rationalise why it feels so special to us, when it isn't rational at all.
  10. Given the current situation, that's probably it!
  11. I haven't listened in a while but my favourite live album is 'Live' by Donny Hathaway. Sounds amazing, amazing performances from everyone, especially (I believe) Willie Weeks on bass
  12. From what I've read about intonation and pitch, it's about as subjective as our taste in music in general. Our common idea of intonation is based on equal temperament, whereby the piano is tuned so that it sounds in tune in any key. However, when it first started to appear in the late 19th century many people thought it sounded horrible and out of tune, which in a sense it is, but no one notices it now because it's what the vast majority of the Western world grows up listening to. Prior to that, pianos were tuned for a specific key, or group of keys, depending on the piece. What we now think of as enharmonic sharps and flats (i.e. G# and Ab) were also considered distinct pitches. The story of tuning systems is described in great detail in "How Equal Temperament Ruined Harmony" by Ross W. Duffin, if you want to know more. My point is, what sounds horribly out of tune to you may sound sonorous to someone else who is used to hearing it. That said, you'd think the bass player from one of the biggest bands ever would know how to tune his f$%&ing instrument!
  13. Pr Pringles and a moog, what more do you want?? 🤣
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