Hey Tony! Big fan here!
One of my favorite things I hear you do is looping. I love the ethereal, atmospheric, solo bass loop improv composition stuff I have seen you do on YouTube, and I really love what I hear of it on your Angels album
I am just getting into it, it's something I have never really tried before. Im having marginal success with it, I added a Ditto at the end of my pedalboard and have been doing quite well adding atmospherics/drones/etc under many of my bands songs (I play with a worship group that gets quite moody and ethereal and deep so it really adds to the overall vibe when I can get a subtle loop going under the song). My loops usually consist of tempoless drones, just on the "one" of the chord of the key we're in. I often layer a percolating low note with a subharmonic pedal, some ringing reverb-ed harmonics, and maybe a high register triad with some chorus and reverb. Almost always, I'm doing this very subtly. Just trying to add some atmospherics and fill the air a little bit.
I haven't really delved into solo looping bass compositions other than an afternoon here and there spent screwing around. But I would really like to get that side of my playing up to snuff, it's something that I find hugely interesting, really fun to listen to and (so far, in my feeble rehearsing of it) a ton of fun to play.
Wondering if you have any tips on how to build loops? What types of layers do you start with? What types of effects do you like for different aspects of your loops? Any tips you can give would really be appreciated!
I'd like to expand my use of looping both in the band context and I'd also really like to explore doing solo looping stuff.
Sorry to be so long winded!