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: Aston “Family Man” Barrett
Bands & Artists: Bob Marley, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Burning Spear, King Tubby, Peter Tosh
How have you been passing time during the lockdown?
I’ve been ready and waiting!
What have you been working on in terms of your bass practice routine?
I haven’t been playing bass for a while, but I’ve been mentoring my son, Aston Barrett Jr., on some techniques and styles to think of.
What music, songs, recordings, artists, bass players have you been listening to as a source of comfort and inspiration that you can recommend?
Jackie Jackson, and Lloyd Brevett from the Skatalites.
What bass gear have you been playing and trying out?
A Fender Jazz Bass is what I normally played. I’m retired now, but working to stay healthy and fit.
What non-music activities books, shows, movies or workout recommendations do you have?
The Barretts of Wimpole Street, by Rudolf Besier and The Book of Exodus: The Making and Meaning of Bob Marley and the Wailers’ Album of the Centruy, by Vivien Goldman.
What projects do you have coming up when the world gets going again?
My son has been working on many projects, He works with the Marley Family, Alborosie, the Wailers project, and he’s been carrying on my legacy and his uncle Carlton Barrett’s legacy.
What advice can you offer fellow bassists for staying positive and keeping morale high?
Always stay in tune, stay healthy, listen, and be a friendly musician.
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