As the world continues to recover from the Coronavirus, we're all finding ourselves in unfamiliar territory given the subsequent lockdown that is keeping us off of stages and confined to our homes. Luckily, there's comfort in the fact that we're all in this together, and that there are still many outlets for us musicians to keep us active and sane throughout this quarantine. We're checking in with bass players from all over the world to see what they're doing to stay entertained, healthy, productive, and safe during this trying time.
Bass Player: Andrew Edwards
Bands & Artists: Red Voodoo
Home: Sacramento, California
How have you been passing time during the lockdown?
To keep myself busy, I’ve been working on improving my bass playing, as well as expanding my library of music.
What have you been working on in terms of your bass practice routine?
My focus has been towards playing more with my fingers, as well as really staying tight with the drums. After all, I am part of the rhythm section; this is what makes bass so cool and unique. It's not just a guitar with thicker strings.
What music, songs, recordings, artists, bass players have you been listening to as a source of comfort and inspiration that you can recommend?
A band that utilizes a funk bass style so well is Incubus. They’ve been on my radar quite a bit recently. I really dig their style, especially on the S.C.I.E.N.C.E album. And I have always thought that Robert DeLeo is a great bassist. His playing added a very cool element to those early Stone Temple Pilots albums.
Red Voodoo’s new single, “Rise Up”:
What bass gear have you been playing and trying out?
I have an Ibanez SGDR that I love. But we all know that the real beast is the Epiphone Thunderbird I have been using. That thing is punchy, it's huge, and it looks absolutely sick!
What non-music activities, books, shows, movies, or workout recommendations do you have?
If you've ever got some free time, definitely check out It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia; hands down, my favorite show of all time, absolutely hilarious. And to keep my body in shape, I do a lot of push ups. It’s simple, but they really help in the long run.
What projects do you have coming up when the world gets going again?
Keep an ear out for new music from Red Voodoo, we've got some cool stuff in the works, so keep those eyes peeled.
What advice can you offer fellow bassists for staying positive and keeping morale high?
Never stop writing. And never stop expanding your catalog of music. That goes for your own music and what you listen to. Creativity can come from just about anything.
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