My about page | by Simon Edward
What’s all this then? My about page in Q&A style format: –
Q: What is InfinityBass?
A: InfinityBass is my take on life as a Musician, Bass player and composer ~ with a day job.
I am writing new music for a solo EP, which I would describe as post-rock Dreampop, infused with jazz and funk.
Born in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham (UK) and raised in Romford (East London). I live near Newbury, Berkshire with my wife and our three children.
Q: Why did you choose Bass?
A: Bass guitar is my 3rd instrument. I started on Violin at school in 1980, and I’ve always enjoyed playing and writing music on the piano.
In the late 1980’s, I played Bass parts on a synthesizer in a church youth group band that was forming.
I migrated to Bass guitar when I could afford to buy one. As I’ve grown into it, I love being a Bassist.
I’m conventional and it suits me. “Bass gives music it’s grounding. The warm, driving depth it provides helps everything else make sense.” (anon).
Q: What music are you into?
A: I will listen to almost anything, but Dreampop (post-rock), Jazz and Funk do it for me.
Ambient and chill out electronic music ~ a very misunderstood genre ~ also tick a few boxes.
Here is a link to a page about some of my musical influences
A: In no particular order, they are:-
- Mark King ~ More than a Bass player. Musician, singer, songwriter, producer and musical director, who has managed to bring together the best musicians, and co-written some fantastic music/songs. Then he takes it all out on the road.
- Julian Crampton (‘incognito‘, ‘Down to the Bone‘) ~ I’ve seen and heard him play in London with Jazz-funk collective ‘Incognito’ on several occasions. Classy, extremely talented Bass player, who makes it look so easy ~ it isn’t!
- Pino Palladino ~ He has an ability to fit his unique style into any type of music and make it sound special. Funky, melodic and anything in between. Never getting in the way of the other musicians, Pino always adds just the right feel to the track.
- Nathan East ~ I first heard him play on ‘Behind The Mask’ from the 1986 album ‘August’ by Eric Clapton, and then on ‘…But Seriously’ with Phil Collins. A solid, smooth sound ~ and always in the groove! “I’ll be forever grateful to this instrument for being the surfboard that I rode the wave of life on
- Doug Wimbish ~ He says, “I’m the outsider ~ I’m noisy!! I’ve made a lot of records, but when people see me with my pedals and effects, they get nervous and think I’m a frustrated guitar player or something. All I’m trying to do is explore my voices. I’m not JUST a Bass player. I’m a sound system!”
Q: Any advice for those thinking about starting on BASS?
A: I wrote a blog post about the most important things I’ve learned about playing Bass over the years’. You can find it here: – ☛ 7 secrets other Bassists don’t want you to know
In short, listen to and watch other Bassists, who play the music you’re into, and you won’t go too far wrong.
Q: Is it really ‘All About That Bass’?
A: Yes ~ and No.
Q: Can you break down an average gig for you?
A: There’s no bigger challenge for me than playing Live! At this moment, I’m concentrating on recording new music at home and developing my songwriting.
I love being able to release my music on-line for anyone to hear, wherever they are in the world.
Q: My question isn’t answered on this page! What should I do?
A: If you would like to send me an email, details of how to do this are on my Contact page.
InfinityBass.com | by Simon Edward | October 13th, 2014.