When it comes to playing bass I believe that less is more. The secret of playing bass well is listening to the overall sound of the song. I always try to consider what the other members of the band are playing, and if I see that it’s a good place to elaborate on an idea or show off a bit, I will – though I won’t go over the top. I am more a band bassist than a bassist‘s bassist, if that makes sense.
My main influences are Paul Turner (Jamiroquai), Julian Crampton (Down to the Bone), Francis Hylton (Incognito), Flea (RHCP), MarloweDK, Dave Marks and Luca Leombruni. „The Music Lesson“ written by Victor Wooten was also a great inspiration for me. I have learned not to focus on notes only but all the other important factors like feel, silence and groove. I play a variety of styles such as Pop/Rock, Funk and R&B/Soul. I listen to many different music and try to find some new inspiration in every song that I come across.
I use a Sandberg California JJ 5-string as my main bass. It‘s pimped with Sadowsky humcancelling J/J pickups and the Sadowsky on-board preamp with vintage tone control. This instrument is extremely versatile, able to reproduce every tone. This allows me to be very flexible within each show I play. However at the moment i really enjoy playing with my olympic white Fender Jazz bass because it sounds just great!
My best gig every was with an all-star band of ICF at a leadership conference where we really engaged with the crowd. If the crowed is excited about something it really pushes the band on stage and drives them to play over the top! Was awesome!