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: Gab Banuelos
Bands & Artists: REYNA
Home: Milwaukee, WI
How have you been passing time during the lockdown?
I’ve been doing a lot of reading and cooking elaborate meals. I take a daily walk by the lake and I’ve been spending countless hours in my bedroom writing songs to keep me sane.
What have you been working on in terms of your bass practice routine?
I’ve been trying to learn a new song a day from various genres and artists. I find learning new songs keeps me inspired and on my toes.
What music, songs, recordings, artists, bass players have you been listening to as a source of comfort and inspiration that you can recommend?
If I’m listening for comfort, I tend to always listen to Rush or the Police—I’m always reminded of my love for the bass when I listen to them. I can remember sitting in the back of the car on long road trips listening to “Walking On The Moon,” and my dad humming the bass part for me to follow. Geddy and Sting will forever have a special place in heart.
What bass gear have you been playing and trying out?
I don’t have all of my gear at the moment because of the pandemic. I have a small Ampeg amp in my bedroom that isn’t too loud for my apartment, and I’ve have been playing a lot with headphones, which has taken some getting used to. At the moment, instead of focusing on gear or tone, I’ve been trying to focus on my technique and learning new things.
What non-music activities books, shows, movies, or workout recommendations do you have?
I’ve become obsessed with reading all of Jane Austen books; there’s something about the time the books are set in that has been very calming and peaceful. I’m also obsessed with the shows Runand Dead to Me; they have gotten me out of quarantine blues.
What projects do you have coming up when the world gets going again?
My band Reyna will be releasing our debut EP later this year. This summer we’ll be releasing singles from the EP. We’ve also been working on self-directed music videos, which has become my new passion project.
What advice can you offer fellow bassists for staying positive and keeping morale high?
Take it day by day. If you wake up motivated and ready to conquer the world, great! If you wake up and feel like you’re in a funk and not motivated that is also great. Rest. Read. Stay in contact with as many loved ones as possible, practicing social distance of course. Be gentle with yourself. We are all going through a very difficult, traumatic time, and it’s okay to experience a rollercoaster of emotions. We truly are all going through this together.
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