Anonymous asked: Can you reveal any details on your upcoming EGC bass? Any customizations or the like?
I’m getting a Series 2 bass in black. Nothin’ fancy. No customizations aside from the color. I love my customized baritone from First Act, but I kinda feel like i’d be better off leaving the design choices to the actual luthier. I don’t customize my order at a fancy restaurant cuz i figure the chef knows more about cooking than i do, so i probably shouldn’t tell a luthier how to build man instrument. I’m super excited for it, but a little bummed that I probably won’t see it until next year.
This week has been an interesting one. At the end of August, I danced with some friends for Mastodon’s new video, “The Motherload”. We were stoked about it. Twerking in a metal video?! Unheard of! We came from varying backgrounds, classical dancers, pole dancers, strippers all nervously…
Anonymous asked: Hey Brian I need your advice. I'm running an Avatar 410 with an OCD, octaver and a sansamp. I'm having a hard time choosing a head. I need your tone guru wisdom! and any tips you have!
tough call. i think usually the best way to start when picking out an amp is to figure out what bass you’re comfortable with, then find an amp that plays well with that bass. then use pedals to color your tone. since you already have a cabinet and pedals picked out, then you basically just want to find something that has a decent clean tone. i always go back to the Ampeg SVT3 because i think it’s an easy amp to dial in, and it generally sounds good on a variety of different cabinets. but if you’re trying to get a super gnarly thick sound you might wanna go with a tube amp.
observationsofaprotagonist asked: Hey Brian, Incredibly left of field question, but what do you take on tour in terms of clothing? With instruments and gear as a given what other things do you bring on tour? Hope your current tour has gone well. Can't wait to see you next time you're in Australia.
Packing for tour is tricky. On the one hand, you wanna bring everything you might possibly need. On the other hand, you wanna minimize how much stuff you’re dragging along.
Bare minimum: socks and underwear for every day of tour, up to 2 weeks. i often use tour as an excuse to buy new socks and underwear, so i bring my rattiest pairs, toss ‘em after one use, and buy new ones down the line. Or i try to squeeze in a trip to the laundromat. I bring one back-up pair of jeans, one pair of gym shorts, and a half-dozen shirts. i also have a pair of shoes and a dress shirt just for the shows, so i’m not stinking up all my day-to-day apparel. And i have a toiletries kit.
i bring a Kindle so that i can read on tour without lugging around a bunch of books. i bring an old iPod. i bring my laptop if i have writing assignments lined up. And then everything else is gear. i can usually fit all of that into a large bike messenger bag and a laptop bag.
Anonymous asked: Hey Brian. Listen I'm mostly a jazz guy but I wanted to let you know that you and the guys in RC chained my entire life. Your bass playing opened an entire perception I wasn't aware of. Hell, I even bought my first OCD because of you. My question is: If you had lost all of your gear, how would you rebuild your core tone on a budget? Thanks!
thanks for the kind words! very humbled to hear we had that impact on you.
if i had to start over on a budget, i would probably just go to a vintage guitar shop and scour their basses. I play a lot of vintage Gibsons, but they’ve tripled in cost since I started playing them, and they vary pretty wildly in quality, even within the same models. I’d be less concerned with what name is on the headstock and more concerned with what plays well, feels comfortable, and sounds good. Worse case scenario, Jared Warren has gotten some killer sounds out of Squire p-basses in his work with Melvins and Big Business, and Rob Wright from Nomeansno has gotten some of my favorite tones out of a Mexican-made Fender p-bass. those are pretty cheap options.
amp-wise, i’d try to get an SVT-3 Pro. I love my Verellen Meatsmoke, but if i was trying to build a rig for as cheaply as possible, i know i could wrangle a good sound out of that Ampeg model and I could probably find a used one for pretty cheap somewhere.
for a cabinet, i wouldn’t go any route other than an Ampeg 8x10. again, used 8x10s are super easy to find. i just bought one for $500 earlier this year.
for pedals and effects, an OCD is a great place to start. i switched to Fuzzrocious Oh See Demons a year or two ago and it’s held up better than my old OCDs, so in the long-term it’s cheaper to go that route. also, the feedback option gives you a whole other distortion sound, so it’s like two pedals in one.
That’d be my bare-bones starting-over-from-scratch plan.
One of my favorite bits of touring wisdom came from an old boss: “you’re bandmate’s missing shoes aren’t your missing shoes”. In other words, take care of your own shit and don’t make it someone else’s problem. Well, I lost my shoes in Calgary, so I went out and bought a pair of @wolverineboots in Vancouver yesterday. Feeling slightly more responsible now. (at Chilliwack, British Columbia)