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: Dan Maines
Bands & Artists: Clutch
How have you been passing time during the lockdown?
Hiking, biking trails, and fishing. My ability to injure myself doing any one of these activities is impressive.
What have you been working on in terms of your bass practice routine?
Right now I’ve just been playing along to records. Sabbath, Meters, or James Brown albums are always a good place to start!
What music, songs, recordings, artists, bass players have you been listening to as a source of comfort and inspiration that you can recommend?
Check out Mike Dillon online. He crushes on multiple instruments. Also Nate Bergman. He streams live videos every week. Also check out his band Lionize.
What bass gear have you been playing and trying out?
I recently got a Serek short scale bass, it’s super fun. Jake Serek out of Chicago is building next level instruments, and does custom orders with a quick turnaround.
What projects do you have coming up when the world gets going again?
Tours have been postponed but not forgotten! In the meantime Clutch has been streaming live concerts. We call them “Live From The Doom Saloon,” check ’em out!
What advice can you offer fellow bassists for staying positive and keeping morale high?
Watch Aretha Franklin’s Watts, L.A. concert from ’72, called Amazing Grace.
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