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doghouse-mike
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doghouse-mike

Male, from Montreal, Quebec

"If I had a dollar for every existential crisis I’ve ever had, does money really even matter?" Jan 27, 2015

doghouse-mike was last seen:
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      doghouse-mike
      "If I had a dollar for every existential crisis I’ve ever had, does money really even matter?"
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  • About

    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Montreal, Quebec
    Occupation:
    Music
    Current Setup:
    Fender Japan '51 P-bass, Fender Japan Marcus Miller Jazz bass, Strunal Upright by Joseph Dvorek, Velvet Garbo strings, Revolution Solo pup, Ashdown Evo ii 575w 2/10 combo, Ashdown mag 115 bottom, SWR Working Pro 10, MXR bass octave deluxe, MXR bass envolope filter, MXR 182 compressor, EHX bass octave synth...
    Favorite Genres:
    Motown, R&B, Swing (Gypsy, Jazz, Western)
    Gigs and Ensembles:
    Various
    Previously Owned Gear:
    '78 Fender Precision, '92 Fender American Jazz, '79 Ibanez Musician, SWR SM400, SWR Goliath 4/10", SWR Big Ben 18", Galien Krueger 800rb, Ampeg PF 210 cab, SWR Natural Blonde, underwood piezzo, David Gage Realist piezzo, Boss bass octave, Boss bass chorus, EBS multi-comp, Way Huge Swollen Pickle, MXR bass octave deluxe, MXR bass envolope filter
    G.A.S. List:
    vintage portaflex B15, real vintage basses in lieu of my Japanese re-issues, 100+ years old carved upright with a creamier, darker tone than my Chec plywood model
    Influences and Teachers:
    John Paul Jones, Geddy Lee, Flea, James Jamerson, "Duck" Dunn, Rocco Prestia, Jaco Pastorius, Bill Black, Willie Dixon, Ernest "Big" Crawford, Ransom Knowling, Larry "The Mole" Taylor, Kedar Roy, Paul Chambers, Charles Mingus, Jimmie Blanton,
    Hobbies and Interests:
    pre-war, finger style blues guitar, early, post war blues guitar, boxing
    I have been playing bass in innumerable bands over the past 2 decades, since my debut in my hometown of Nanaimo, B.C. I cut my teeth on the funky R&B that was popular in the dance clubs on the West coast at the time. The aggressive styles of pioneers such as James Jamerson, Tommy Cogbill, Donald “Duck” Dunn and Rocco Prestia combined with a strong local culture of blues and rock players provided me with a solid foundation to build upon.

    I moved to Montreal in 1999 and blended into the Quebecois blues scene rather quickly. After adding a doghouse bass to my trick bag, I was called to participate in projects anchored in the west coast jump and swing. In addition to blues bands, I participated in jazz combos and some folk ensembles (cajun, ragtime, folk blues). During this time I went back through the annals to study the pioneers of doghouse bass such as Ernest “Big” Crawford, Willie Dixon, Ransom Knowling, Jimmy Blanton, Paul Chambers, Charles Mingus and all the great players of the Swing era (gypsy, jazz, western).

    These days I stay pretty close to home, playing 5-10 gigs a month as a freelance bassist and doing my own side project in which I play vintage blues on arch top guitars with a piano player.

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