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: Eric Wilson
Bands & Artists: Sublime, Sublime With Rome, Long Beach Dub Allstars
Home: Bonsall, CA
How have you been passing time during the lockdown?
I’ve mainly been playing music the whole time.
What have you been working on in terms of your bass practice routine?
I’ve been working on some new music with my roommates, and playing a lot of bass.
What music, songs, recordings, artists, bass players have you been listening to as a source of comfort and inspiration that you can recommend?
What bass gear have you been playing and trying out?
I’ve been playing two ’76 Ampeg SVT 810 cabinets that I use alongside my Alleva Copollo bass.
What non-music activities books, shows, movies or workout recommendations do you have?
I’ve been reading a lot of Edgar Allen Poe, Charles Bukowski, and I recently read Iggy Pop: Open Up and Bleed, by Paul Trynka. I highly recommend that book. It teaches you the history of punk rock.
What projects do you have coming up when the world gets going again?
I can’t wait to get back on the road. Hopefully we get to go to Brazil again soon!
What advice can you offer fellow bassists for staying positive and keeping morale high?
This is a great opportunity to play music, write songs, and to record an album at your home studio.
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