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: Alberto Rigoni
Bands & Artists: Solo Artist, BAD As, Vivaldi Metal Project, Bassists Alliance
Home: Montebelluna, Italy
How have you been passing time during the lockdown?
The first cases of infection by the virus took place in a city 40 km from my home in mid-February, so I started lockdown on February 20th. It’s been four months and it’s very difficult. I’ve been doing everything virtually. It’s a bit better in Italy now, the lockdown is almost over.
What have you been working on in terms of your bass practice routine?
I’ve been focusing more on composition. I started writing a new album called Odd Times, which features Marco Minnemann of the Aristocrats on drums and Alexandra Zerner on guitar and keyboards. It will be out on July 7, and it’s already available for pre-order [Here]. I’ve also been doing home bass sessions for several artists, and I funded a band called Natural Born Machine, and wrote the music for their album, which we are now tracking.
What music, songs, recordings, artists, bass players have you been listening to as a source of comfort and inspiration that you can recommend?
I’ve been watching a lot of videos, discovering new young talents like guitarist Taj Farrant and bassist Gabriel Severn, who are amazing. On the nostalgia side, I’ve been listening to rock, pop, and metal from the ’80s and ’90s.
What bass gear have you been playing and trying out?
I’ve been trying different basses, such as a Fodera Imperial Elite 5-string, a De Gier Soulmate, a Cort B5 AS RM—all great instruments in different price ranges.
What non-music activities books, shows, movies or workout recommendations do you have?
I’ve been working out at home with the help of a personal trainer, via Skype. I’ve seen so many movies and TV series that I can’t even remember them all. One of my favorites is The Shooter, on Netflix.
What projects do you have coming up when the world gets going again?
I hope to start touring with my metal band, BAD AS. We’re due to begin in September, with [Black Sabbath drummer] Vinny Appice.
What advice can you offer fellow bassists for staying positive and keeping morale high?
The good news is I’m sure all of this will end, but we must be careful and cautious!
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