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: Henrik Linder
Bands & Artists: Dirty Loops
Home: Stockholm, Sweden
How have you been passing time during the lockdown?
Writing songs and practicing.
What have you been working on in terms of your bass practice routine?
Voice leading chords, and playing through chord changes I've had trouble with. Plus trying out new intervallic concepts.
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 listening to a lot of Bach and Rachmaninoff. Some bass players I've been checking out the last month are Hadrien Feraud and Michael Pipoquinha.
What bass gear have you been playing and trying out?
I’m waiting for the new EBS Reidmar head that I tried at NAMM. I’m also going to experiment with the Roland SY-1000 Guitar Synthesizer and see if I can incorporate it into the Dirty Loops setup.
What non-music activities books, shows, movies or workout recommendations do you have?
I watched some lame Swedish television shows with my mom, mostly because it's funny when she gets irritated at people making questionable choices!
What projects do you have coming up when the world gets going again?
Dirty Loops will tour, and I hope to finally release an instrumental solo album.
What advice can you offer fellow bassists for staying positive and keeping morale high?
Try to enjoy the peace and quiet. And take care of some of the parts of your playing that tend to not get fixed while preparing for gigs. It's the perfect time for it right now.
Follow Henrik: Here
All check-ins compiled and edited by Jon D'Auria & Chris Jisi