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: David Adamiak
Bands & Artists: Covet
Home: San Jose, CA
How have you been passing time during the lockdown?
I’ve been working on video editing and audio recording software fluency, as well as playing a ton of bass.
What have you been working on in terms of your bass practice routine?
I’m spending a lot of time commuting the new Covet material to muscle memory, as well as returning to my metronome to help keep me steady on some new thumbing techniques I’ve been trying to hone in on.
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 enjoying Paul McCartney’s playing on Rubber Soul. The newest single from Derrick Hodge, “Not Right Now,” is on fire and I’ve been giving Toby Driver’s solo record, They Are the Shield, plenty rotations, too. The album Panopticon, by the band ISIS, has been an album I’ve always turned to for comfort; Jeff Caxide’s playing on that record is a constant inspiration.
What bass gear have you been playing and trying out?
I’ve been falling deeper in love with my F Bass BN-4, which I got this past September. I’m having a lot of fun tweaking the knobs of my ZVEX Double Rock pedal and experimenting with how each side interacts with the passive and active features of my F Bass. And the ZVEX Loop Gate pedal has aided me in rethinking how I route my pedalboard for live use. It’s super clever and it helps reign in my fuzz pedal.
What non-music activities books, shows, movies or workout recommendations do you have?
I watched Dr. Strangelove for the first time and loved it. It’s crazy to think it was made in 1964, yet it still holds up in a lot of ways. I also made my way through the first two Godfather movies for the first time. I guess this is as good a time as any to catch up on the classics!
What projects do you have coming up when the world gets going again?
My group Covet has a new album coming out on June 5th, and as soon as things open up we’re gonna take that music out on the road. I can’t wait to share it with people!
What advice can you offer fellow bassists for staying positive and keeping morale high?
Make sure to get outside when you can, assuming it’s a safe environment. It feels good to remember there’s a whole world outside your room and that this quarantine won’t last forever. Also pick up that bass everyday, there has never been a better time to get the reps in!
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