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Mind Choir
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Mind Choir

from lower Midwest, USA

Mind Choir was last seen:
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    lower Midwest, USA
    Current Setup:
    Basses include a Barker B1 w/Bartolini dual-coil jazz pickups (fretted electric upright), Steinberger USA XQ-2A graphite w/EMG pickups, Fender P-bass w/EMG pickups, Ibanez semi-hollow custom, Dean "Pace Bass" (fretless electric upright), Danelectro "DC" bass, assorted Boss pedals and assorted amps (mainly Vox & Ampeg SVT cabs & heads - sometimes I use a 1x18 Hartke cab). For songwriting purposes, I tinker on an old upright piano, Hammond organ, and a Micro Korg. (I use the latter as a keyboard controller for my MacBook Pro, but I don't profess to be a keyboardist or recording engineer -- hardly! Playing bass has always been a natural fit for me, but I'll leave the engineering to the pros.)
    Gigs and Ensembles:
    Aside from a current avant garde jazz & reggae project (before, I spent 6 years fronting a "mod rock" band from 1994 through 2000), I continue to record and tour with Maine-based pianist/singer/songwriter Kate Schrock. Her latest CD (sixth release) is titled "Invocation" and features the amazing Glen DeCosta of The Wailers (bias aside, it's really worth checking out). I have also recorded and performed with Dave Rave (a.k.a. Dave DesRoches) as part of the Dave Rave Group based in Canada (i.e. "Everyday Magic" CD).
    Previously Owned Gear:
    Gibson "RD Artist" bass (quite heavy, but striking), Gibson "Grabber" bass, Hofner "Icon" B-bass, custom Hamer "Blitz" bass, MicroMoog synthesizer (early/mid '70s model), Behringer "Ultra Bass" amp head and assorted pedals/processors, etc.
    G.A.S. List:
    While I currently have a Barker B1 "vertical bass" (upright/P-bass hybrid), the little beauty is fretted -- so, to change things up a bit, a fretless Barker now tops my wish list. (I'll never part with the B1, though, it's too much fun to play!!) Fretted or fretless, I can't get enough of the warm, lush sound Barkers are known for (sustainnnnnnnn for days!!), especially with LaBella tapewounds. I love the sound of LaBellas on my Barker -- it's as if the strings melt into a smooth glide under your fingers without sacrificing tone. I'd also love to a own Gretsch Electrone semi-hollow bass. Early Hagstrom basses from the '60s have caught my eye (and ear), also, especially the "Deluxe Sparkle," "Batman" and classic "HIIBN" models -- how cool to own! I know they're hard to find, but the original Ampeg AMB-1 and AMUB-1 fretted and fretless basses would be nice to have as well (similar ones currently made by Eastwood Guitars are pretty impressive, so I might bite). An early Pedulla and a Hamer 12-string would get some studio use and a DeArmond Ashbory would be fun, too, especially for studio experimentation (and great for travel).
    Influences and Teachers:
    My bass influences are quite varied: Klaus Voorman, Tim Butler, Johnette Napolitano, Aston Barrett, John Gustafson, Steve Swallow, David Piltch, Pete Quaife, Tom Petersson, James Jamerson, Paul McCartney, Kasim Sulton, Sting, Dave Pegg, John Glasscock, Noel Redding, Kim Deal, Ron Carter, Ray Brown, John Entwistle, Carol Kaye, John Paul Jones, Dee Murray, Saskia Lane, Adam Clayton, Roger Waters, Jon Brant, Tina Weymouth, Peter O'Toole (Hothouse Flowers, not the actor) and surely others I have forgotten unintentionally. I am also inspired by producer/engineer/bassist Steve Drown in Portland, Maine with whom I've had the invaluable opportunity to record and tour. Kate Schrock is an especially inspiring musical force in my life. I really admire her professionalism and D.I.Y. attitude, and she's genuinely kind and authentic. Great songwriter, too (long before playing with her, I first came to know Kate's music as a fan). I am particularly grateful for the opportunities she has given me to play and record with her over the years.
    Hobbies and Interests:
    The arts, collecting vintage radios & producing/hosting programs for the local NPR station.

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