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: Tim Lefebvre
Bands & Artists: Wayne Krantz, Rudder, Tedeschi Trucks Band, David Bowie, Knower, Bryan Adams, Whose Hat Is This?, The Black Crowes
Home: Los Angeles, CA
How have you been passing time during the lockdown?
My talented wife, Rachel Eckroth [www.racheleckroth.com] and I have started a Patreon page, so that has been keeping us busy. I’ve been spending a lot of time on the computer editing and mixing. I’m also working out a bit and trying to read some books but it's been really insane here.
What have you been working on in terms of your bass practice routine?
I haven't been practicing much. I need to; the rust that’s gonna build up from what looks to be a long layoff will be immense. Also, once things calm down a bit I’m gonna pick up the upright and start shedding that again.
What music, songs, recordings, artists, bass players have you been listening to as a source of comfort and inspiration that you can recommend?
The Texas Sun EP by Khruangbin and Leon Bridges, Texas Sun; Fubar by tsuruda; tracks by Thelem; The EP Nocturnal by A.Fruit; The Cure, and anything Keith Jarrett, from the ECM to Impulse years.
What bass gear have you been playing and trying out?
All the stuff I've been meaning to check out! I currently have in my possession the Darkglass DG212N cabinets, they’re serious! Also my SinobasAmp 2x12 cabinet is getting a workout. Tons of my pedals are seeing the light of day, too. And I’ve been learning some new machines I've procured along the way that I never had time to check out, such as the Behringer Rhythm Designer RD-8 Analong Drum Machine and the Behringer TD-3-AM Analog Bass Line Synthesizer.
What non-music activities books, shows, movies, or workout recommendations do you have?
I’ve been binging on Homeland, Ozark, and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and reading Malibu Burning, by Robert Kerbeck, and The Pentagon’s Brain, by Annie Jacobsen.
What projects do you have coming up when the world gets going again?
I’m not sure exactly how it will all play out. For sure there will be some improv tours in the works. One of them is Unholy Row, with Mark Guiliana and Jason Lindner. The others are with Michael Wollny, a stunning pianist from Germany, and Whose Hat Is This? And if all goes well, I should be touring with the Black Crowes in 2021.
What advice can you offer fellow bassists for staying positive and keeping morale high?
Just take it day to day. If you need help, ask for it. We are all having to consider plans B and maybe even C, so know that you are not alone.