Drew's Bass Rig
BASS RUN ON NEW POWDER
THE PUZZLE WITH NO PIECES
SKETCHBOOK OF A MELANCHOLY FISHERMAN
It was the mid '90s when I realized what the electric bass was really all about. Working at a music store in NYC, I befriended a few jazzheads who turned me on to serious bass players. Enter Jaco, Marcus, Wooten and Bailey into my musical inspirations. It was during this time that I also attended the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, taking lessons from a gentleman named Ponzi, who has recorded with or performed with Patti Labelle among others.
Jaco opened my eyes to not only the amazing tones and timbres that a bass made, but also a frenzied fluidity of notes that came from his fingers during his solos. The songs he wrote on the bass have inspired thousands, if not millions, of bass players around the world. I have his raw bootleg recordings done in bars and clubs, I have his performances at various festivals on DVD, and I have most of his studio recordings. In every single instance he has definitely been an inspiration to me and my playing.
Marcus, Wooten and others have taught me that playing bass has just as much to do with how you play notes as what notes you play. That bass playing is just as much about rhythm and what you're NOT playing as is what scales, modes or notes you're putting over a particular composition. I have tried to incorporate this by letting the instruments breathe while performing and writing.
Equipment? Well... only Fender Basses for me. I dabbled a little with Lakland a few years ago - and while they're very well constructed, and they feel and sound great, I sold them to buy another Fender. I have an American V, as well as an American IV. Effects? I view effects kind of like spices: A little here and there, but too much can ruin a meal. Some songs I use them all the way through (not often), some songs I'll put them on to accent a solo or bass part in the song. On my last album I use chorus for the last tune only. I have 2 EQs going, one for a mid range tone and one for a boosted funk tone. Both give me slightly more level in case I have a solo or intro to play. I also have an octave pedal which I use sparingly and the chorus pedal. I have rack compression always on for a little bit of level and clear highs. My rig consists of a GK 1001 RB and an Avatar B12, rated at 1000 Watts.
I have played in many types of bands. Ska/Punk, Pop, Wedding, Metal, Blues and Jamband are types of bands that I have been in. I enjoy playing all genres, or anything that gives me a challenge. I can step up and take a solo, or most of the time I lay back, lay it down and lock in. I try not to step on anyone, but compliment them, harmonize with them, outline what they're doing either musically or rhythmically on the bass. I help open doors, provide a bridge, or lay down a foundation with my instrument. My role in songwriting is usually writing a bridge, fixing an ending or composing an intro. I have continued to expand my horizons with this project as well. The trio has presented me with a unique chance to compose, improvise and improve soloing techniques through an array of styles, including Jazz, Rock, Reggae and World influences.