I had the chance to check out Bass Player LIVE! this month in Hollywood and had a total blast. This was my first time attending this annual event from bassplayer.com, and I was blown away by the positive vibes surrounding the event.
As a person who spends 99% of his time playing double bass, I’m always nervous about attending electric bass-focused events. I’m worried that I’ll be stuck in a corner by myself, watching in awe and incomprehension as people dazzle each other with their slap bass technique.
This worry dissolved as I walked into SIR Studios in Hollywood. Immediately, I ran into Tammy Jo Leonard and Toni Buffa from Lemur Music. Tammy Jo is also Executive Director of the Bradetich Foundation, and I had a great time working with her earlier this fall for the 2nd International Bradetich Solo Competition.
I’ve been ordering strings, music, and other bass gear from Lemur since I was a teenager, but I’ve never actually spent time hanging out with company owner Toni. We had a great time chatting about bass, California, new innovations in bow development, and a ton of other topics!
I also got the chance to catch up in person with Grammy award-winning bassist and producer Brandino. I had Brandino on the podcast earlier this year, and we had a great conversation about the whole Grammy process and what it’s like behind the scenes as a producer.
Killer Bass Playing
In addition to chatting with attending artists and exhibitors, I got to check out some mind-bending bass playing from Bunny Brunel, Steve Bailey, Armand Sabal-Lecco, and several other outstanding bassists. Here are a couple favorite clips of mine:
Whether double bass or electric bass is your main jam, you should definitely check out this event. For me, it is that perfect middle ground: big enough to keep you totally engaged while small enough to really get a chance to chat with people.
That sense of overwhelm from a massive event like the NAMM show isn’t present here. Folks are relaxed and totally willing to geek out with you on all things bass. A big shout-out to Bass Player’s Chris Jisi for putting on this event!
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