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: Aldana Aguirre
Bands & Artists: Larry Braggs (Tower of Power), Brian Ray, Zuppi, Esteman, Bruce Ewan
Home: Mexico City, Mexico
How have you been passing time during the lockdown?
I’ve been doing a lot of what I’d been putting off, like composing, producing songs for other artists, and studying piano. I’m also allowing myself to enjoy more of the “here and now,” without thinking so much about the past or the future—just being very aware of this present that we are living and making the most of it.
What have you been working on in terms of your bass practice routine?
I've been honing my skills in slap and speed. I'm also working on the study of improvisation, different techniques, and musical languages.
What music, songs, recordings, artists, bass players have you been listening to as a source of comfort and inspiration that you can recommend?
I recently discovered the music of artists like Lucky Daye and Tom Misch. I’ve also been listening to Dua Lipa's latest album, Future Nostalgia, which has some very cool bass lines.
What bass gear have you been playing and trying out?
I recently got a beautiful Fender Vintera ’50s Precison Bass, and I have a Fender Jazz Bass, which I use often to record. I’ve also been checking out the Electro-Harmonix Mono Synth pedal.
What non-music activities books, shows, movies or workout recommendations do you have?
I'm a big fan of the TV show, Californication. I can also recommend a movie I saw recently called Léon: The Professional.
What projects do you have coming up when the world gets going again?
At the moment, all the gigs I had booked have been postponed, but traveling and touring is the first thing I plan to do. I’m also planning to go to NAMM next year, if it happens, as I have received invitations from different brands that sponsor me.
What advice can you offer fellow bassists for staying positive and keeping morale high?
Have a lot of patience and exercise it day by day because that “patience” will give us the strength to resist the bad days. Work hard and practice to improve as a bass player. Seek out players you admire for inspiration, and never stop dreaming high.
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