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: Adeline
Bands & Artists: CeeLo Green, Solo artist
Home: Brooklyn, New York
How have you been passing time during the lockdown?
I’ve been fortunate to have remained busy. I finished mixing and mastering my new EP, Intérimes, which will be out June 12th. I like to be involved in the mixing process and work in the room with my engineer, so it was very challenging and more time-consuming to go through that process from a distance. I’ve been spending most of my time releasing a few singles from the record, and creating content in the form of videos and a few live-streaming performances. It’s been quite a trip to realize that my entire EP mixing, promotion, and likely release will have been done during the lockdown. That’s something I’ll never forget.
What have you been working on in terms of your bass practice routine?
I haven’t been able to practice as much as I thought I would, due to focusing on releasing new music. When I get to the bass, I’ve been digging back into basics like playing the melodic minor scale in all keys and ’shedding to some classic R&B tracks. I’ve also been playing acoustic guitar a lot. I spent a solid two weeks with the goal of learning one new song a day.
What music, songs, recordings, artists, bass players have you been listening to as a source of comfort and inspiration that you can recommend?
We lost Bill Withers and the anniversary of Prince’s passing happened, so I’ve been listening to their music. I’ve also had the opportunity to check out some contemporary artists and watch them play in intimate settings on social media, such as Lianne LaHavas, Emily King, Moses Sumney, and Peter Collins. The artist Her has a terrific weekly live session on her Instagram page called “Girls with Guitars,” and artists like James Blake and St. Vincent have shared some valuable stories about their musical processes. This is a good time to discover new artists on the rise. There are lots of musicians who have so much to offer, they just need to be given a platform.
What bass gear have you been playing and trying out?
I’ve been recording a lot with a flatwound-strung P-Bass. Normally I play my roundwound-strung Sadowsky Jazz Bass, which I love, but I’ve taken more of a “throwback soul” direction on my second album. As a result, the P-Bass worked really well on the song “After Midnight.”
What non-music activities books, shows, movies or workout recommendations do you have?
Learn a language! Languages are my second passion after music. Fitness comes third; I started doing a weekly live fitness class on my IG [@adeline]. For us musicians who are frequently on the road, it’s important to learn exercises you can do anywhere, including a tour bus or hotel room. In terms of entertainment, I got totally caught up in a Korean show on Netflix called Kingdom.
What projects do you have coming up when the world gets going again?
Playing shows in front of people!
What advice can you offer fellow bassists for staying positive and keeping morale high?
As crushing as this pandemic has been for the music industry, I think musicians are among the luckiest people in a lockdown situation. We have a creative outlet where we can sit and play our instruments and feel complete. This brings us back to why we started playing in the first place: the love of our instrument and craft. And guess what? It requires being indoors and mostly alone. So in a way, we’re trained for this. What’s crazy is the quarantine made me think, “Wait, have I been living in quarantine all these years?!”
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