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: Billy Gould
Bands & Artists: Faith No More
Home: San Francisco, CA
How have you been passing time during the lockdown?
I’ve brought home a few pieces from my studio and I’ve been mixing a couple of projects: a band called Imparcial, and the new album by Chile’s Como Asesinar a Felipes. I’m realizing that even with the lockdown my lifestyle hasn’t changed dramatically, although I could probably use a bit more time outside in the sun!
What have you been working on in terms of your bass practice routine?
I have my bass next to me when I work, so I can pick it up whenever I want. But I don’t have a set routine.
What music, songs, recordings, artists, bass players have you been listening to as a source of comfort and inspiration that you can recommend?
I have to say, as a bassist, the most fun stuff for me to play is soul, R&B, and Motown. I’ll also pull up drum loops on my music software and play along for a while.
What bass gear have you been playing and trying out?
My bass is the same Zon Sonus I’ve had since 1992. Most of my tone comes from that instrument and my hands, so a little practice amp in the room is enough for me.
What non-music activities books, shows, movies or workout recommendations do you have?
I read every evening before I go to bed—usually history. Ironically, I just finished a book on Roman history called Justinian’s Flea, which details how a worldwide pandemic contributed to the fall of the empire. Strangely, I began reading it in December!. I’ve also been trying to learn the Serbian language.
What projects do you have coming up when the world gets going again?
I’m writing new music that I hope to get out there. There are several label releases in the works as well.
What advice can you offer fellow bassists for staying positive and keeping morale high?
Music can be a great way to shift focus away from all of the shitty things happening around you back towards a creative and happier mindset.
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All check-ins compiled and edited by Jon D'Auria & Chris Jisi