45 yrs old, started in 1980 when just turned 15. Influenced mainly by the music at the time, Pistols, Stranglers, Jam etc.
As such, playing style is with a pick, and rather aggressive - this more to playing through underpowered amps and an attempt to be heard than the associated aggression with punk.
4 string basses only - nothing against 5s, just never found the need for one. If I did, I would buy one and use it. Tools for the trade really. After years of trying many different makes and models of bass, only to find out they didn`t sound as I wanted them, I finally "discovered" Fender US Precisions. I say "discovered" - all along this journey I was trying to make the others sound like the Precision, but as with typical beer-swilling musician logic, tried to do it on the cheap, so would have money left for going to the pub. Wrong, false economy - if you covet the sound of a specific instrument, buy it. You`ll save so much money in the long run.
Recently got some Ampeg cabs and am so please with them. The marriage between Fender Precisions & Ampeg is well known, and is a good pairing in my view. The bass sounds so much more within the band now, rather than seperately at the bottom. This may not be for some, but for my playing, which is of a steady, hold it all together nature, this is ideal. I suppose, the easiest way to describe my bass style is make the rest of the band sound good, no frills, and only get noticed when I hit a wrong note.
Ideal bass tones are Bruce Foxton, JJ Burnell, and Duff McKagan, however these tones wouldn`t suit my band, for the reasons just stated.
Currently in a punk band, which plays mostly covers, mainly first generation punk, Pistols, Clash, Damned, Jam etc, and it is undoubtedly the best band I`ve ever had the pleasure to be asked to join. Whilst on the surface it may seem like a lighthearted band, not being too serious, it has really been a step up in professionalism, to the point where for the first time in my life I bought a practice amp, and play bass at home. Before then, apart from when starting out, the only time I ever picked up my bass was either at rehearsals or gigs. I suppose it could be said that this band walks the walk.
So that`s me - never gonna be famous, but aside from when I started out and tried to be, I realised quite early on, I don`t want music as a career, it`s my hobby.
And what a great hobby to have!
Edited by Lozz196, 30 January 2011 - 10:29 PM.