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: Kiyoshi
Bands & Artists: Marty Friedman, Solo artist
Home: Osaka, Japan
How have you been passing time during the lockdown?
Actually the lockdown can't be enforced under Japanese law, but the government announced a semi-lockdown. That means not forcing but rather requesting people to stay at home, and we are following instructions. I've been writing songs, making rhythm tracks, recording the bass, and singing at home. Almost the same as usual. Some of my shows have been cancelled or postponed.
What have you been working on in terms of your bass practice routine?
I'm doing some recording work right now, so I’m practicing to play cool bass lines for that. Otherwise, not much.
What music, songs, recordings, artists, bass players have you been listening to as a source of comfort and inspiration that you can recommend?
I love ’80s music. I recommend Prince! As everyone knows, he's an incredible songwriter, artist, and player. We can learn a lot from his works. Happily, now we have plenty of time to listen to his huge number of songs. As for a personal favorite, I can't pick one but… Dirty mind! ...Actually, Purple Rain! ...Wait, Parade!
What bass gear have you been playing and trying out?
Nothing in particluar. I've been playing my Warwick basses.
What non-music activities books, shows, movies or workout recommendations do you have?
Working out! I've been doing a workout at home every day. It helps clear the head and boost job performance. I like push-ups and burpees!
What projects do you have coming up when the world gets going again?
Touring. Recording in the studio. I miss them so much.
What advice can you offer fellow bassists for staying positive and keeping morale high?
We have a lot of time to try new things now. Let's all learn about what we don’t know. Listening to music, reading books, drawing, cooking—anything is OK. If possible, try making your own unique stuff. Creating is so much fun and therapeutic. It's the best way to stay positive I think. As for me, I'll keep making my own music.
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