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: Danny Miranda
Bands & Artists: Blue Oyster Cult, Queen + Paul Rogers, Meatloaf
Home: Islip, New York
How have you been passing time during the lockdown?
I’ve been taking advantage of my first time off the road in almost 30 years and doing sessions from my home studio, composite projects and videos with fellow musicians, and some online interviews.
What have you been working on in terms of your bass practice routine?
I’ve been practicing quite a bit lately. Taking styles of music that I haven’t spent enough time on in the past and listening intensely to get the whole picture in my head, and then trying to play along and see how I fit in.
What music, songs, recordings, artists, bass players have you been listening to as a source of comfort and inspiration that you can recommend?
Happy music! Definitely King’s X, Michael Franti, Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden, and Crosby, Stills & Nash. Also tons of Cuban Music!
What bass gear have you been playing and trying out?
I’ve been playing my Fender Precision and Jazz Basses with DR Pure Blues and Dragon Skin strings. Because I’ve been recording a lot of acoustic-based and Americana music, I’ve been using my Epiphone Jack Casady Bass. It fits in beautifully with acoustic piano and acoustic guitar; it has this incredible air to its sound. I’ve got flatwounds on it, and it has such a creamy, smooth tone. I’vealso been using the Radial HDI and the Sansamp VT Bass DI, Geddy Lee GED-2112, Geddy Lee XYZ, dUg Pinnick DP, and the Sansamp plug-in into ProTools for recording.
What non-music activities, books, shows, movies, or workout recommendations do you have?
I’ve been Netflixin’ it! Lots of British TV series and every music documentary I can find. I’ve been doing as many outdoor activities as possible: yoga, swimming, cycling, and gardening. I’m learning how to be a better cook. And my girlfriend and I have been doing some traveling. Because its not safe to fly these days, we drove out to Yellowstone and saw the country safely from the car.
What projects do you have coming up when the world gets going again?
Hopefully more touring and studio work. I’d like to tour less, and work from home more in the future.
What advice can you offer fellow bassists for staying positive and keeping morale high?
Feed yourself with uplifting positivity: Happy music, happy movies, happy times with family and loved ones. I promise it will transfer to your playing and your music. Fill your time and your heart with loving things and loving people, and weed out the negativity.
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All check-ins compiled and edited by Jon D'Auria & Chris Jisi