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: Emma Anzai
Bands & Artists: Sick Puppies
Home: Los Angeles, California
How have you been passing time during the lockdown?
It took a minute to get down a routine, to be honest. At first it was basics, like getting groceries and enjoying small victories like scoring toilet paper and paper towels. Now I'm getting into a new swing, working on doing what we can to figure out bits and pieces of the new album. Working out has been a positive to have right now because, you know—food has become quite the thing to do!
What have you been working on in terms of your bass practice routine?
What's inspiring me lately is coming up with new musical ideas, like beats, and writing bass lines to it. I’m trying to be experimental with it; for example, Here's a weird beat. What bass line would not be the obvious choice?
What music, songs, recordings, artists, bass players have you been listening to as a source of comfort and inspiration that you can recommend?
Oddly enough, Bob Dylan has popped up again in my life. He has the sound of an era, and it's very nice right now.
What bass gear have you been playing and trying out?
I'm thoroughly enjoying all things Darkglass lately. Neural DSP makes a plug-in of a couple of Darkglass pedals, which is great to tweak and record with. My full set up is a Warwick Streamer Stage 1, a Darkglass Microtubes B7K Ultra, and Ampeg amps.
What non-music activities books, shows, movies, or workout recommendations do you have?
I've been using battle ropes to work out with, they're heavy and a great way to condition. As for TV shows, Homeland has been a massive source of comfort for me. There's also a show on Hulu I enjoy called High Fidelity.
What projects do you have coming up when the world gets going again?
The focus has been on finishing and releasing the new Sick Puppies album. We had the pleasure of working with [producer and Goldfinger guitarist] John Feldmann on a lot of the songs and that was truly a highlight; he’s a great guy who is super talented.
What advice can you offer fellow bassists for staying positive and keeping morale high?
Don't worry if you're not feeling productive and you feel all over the place, it's normal. It's a weird time. Don't be too hard on yourself, even if you see everyone else seemingly having it all together. The chances are they’re struggling too.
Follow Emma: Here
All check-ins compiled and edited by Jon D'Auria and Chris Jisi