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: P-Nut
Bands & Artists: 311
Home: Los Angeles, CA
How have you been passing time during the lockdown?
I’ve been spending lots of time with my family, taking walks and drives, and doing dishes like mad.
What have you been working on in terms of your bass practice routine?
I’m trying to learn new ways to navigate the fingerboard, as I’ve found myself in a fret rut.
What music, songs, recordings, artists, bass players have you been listening to as a source of comfort and inspiration that you can recommend?
It’s amazing how music can be the source of instant relaxation or motivation. I’ve been listening to Baroness for about a year now. Khurangabin, Portugal, Man, Vulfpeck, Tame Impala, Black Pumas, and Tool are all very likely to be listened to every day, as well.
What bass gear have you been playing and trying out?
I recently purchased the Secret Preamp by Chase Tone and I think I want to rerecord some albums wet as hell with my MXR Phase 95, but, during the lockdown I’ve moved my pedal board from our studio to my home, for the first time, so, it’s helpful to have all my tones available to me all the time. Probably should’ve done that years ago.
What non-music activities books, shows, movies or workout recommendations do you have?
For exercise, driveway calisthenics and running stairs. I finally got my nine-year-old on a bike on the street, which was fun and made me proud. for entertainment, The Last Dance was great—but go Lakers! Ozark is amazingly grimy and fun to wallow in. And Questlove’s live performances almost every night have been an oasis of new information and grooves for me to chew upon.
What projects do you have coming up when the world gets going again?
I’m looking forward to hitting the road with 311 when the world opens up again.
What advice can you offer fellow bassists for staying positive and keeping morale high?
Being a musician, you have the magical ability to control your mindset, and in these trying times, it’s essential to have skills to keep yourself positive. Play music, create happiness for yourself and for others. Stay safe, be smart, and be as funky as hell!
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