10 Questions With Tony Levin

The innovative icon reveals which band he'd love to fill in for, his first bass, and what he'd be doing if he wasn't a musician

10 Questions With Tony Levin

The innovative icon reveals which band he'd love to fill in for, his first bass, and what he'd be doing if he wasn't a musician

When it comes to influential bass players, few are as uniquely innovative and original as Tony Levin. From his groundbreaking work with Peter Gabriel and King Crimson, and his own bands Stick Men and Liquid Tension Experiment, to his playing with such iconic artists as John Lennon, Stevie Nicks, Pink Floyd, Paul Simon, Lou Reed, David Bowie, James Taylor, Carly Simon, Chuck Mangione, Buddy Rich, Mike Mainieri and Steps Ahead, and many others, the mark he has made on the bass world is indelible. Never taking the obvious or clichéd route with his bass line construction, Tony’s playing has influenced multiple generations through his mastery of fretted and fretless basses, acoustic and electric upright basses, the Chapman Stick, and “funk fingers,” a spark of brilliance in which he attached two wooden drumstick-like extensions to his index and middle fingers, with powerful, percussive results.     Levin somehow juggles multiple touring gigs and constant studio appearances
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Jon D'Auria   By: Jon D'Auria

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