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  • About

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    Current Setup:
    Primary bass: Status Streamline fretless 5

    Other basses:
    DIY fretless 5 active: Warmoth Gecko ebony neck, Nordstrand Fat Stacks, Audere 3 band EQ - http://i.imgur.com/Ei2hlvV.jpg
    Custom PURPLE fretless 4 active jazz (http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=595749)
    Michael Kelly Dragonfly 5 fretless acoustic - http://i.imgur.com/NemiwT9.jpg
    Yamaha TRB1006J natural quilted maple
    Epiphone Thunderbird Non-reverse PJ 5 string (1997)

    Signal chain:
    Line6 G50 wireless
    TC Electronics Polytune 2 Mini
    Amp: Genz Benz Shuttle 3.0-10T
    Favorite Genres:
    I've roots in Japanese rock, and my band has an ethereal mix of neoclassical melodic metal and alternative rock
    Gigs and Ensembles:
    Sangriento - https://sangriento.bandcamp.com/
    Previously Owned Gear:
    Previously owned basses: TGM Flying V bass, Fender CIJ Jazz 5
    Primary guitar: Squier FSR Vintage Modified Telecaster Thinline (Lake Placid Blue), Japan-only limited edition. The Vintage Modified Thinline is the only production model guitar that's short scale (Gibson style 24.75") AND small radius (7.25"), making it very easy to play complicated chord inversions. Photo: http://i.imgur.com/qhNEAWd.jpg
    Other guitar: Washburn custom shop USA P4-DLX in quilted maple

    Previously owned amps: Orange Crush 35B

    Effects I'm not currently using (but still own):
    XDS+ Wireless
    Foxrox Octron
    ZVex Distortron
    Alesis iO Dock running iPad with JamUp pro, Turnado and Loopy
    Boss modded CS3 w/low pass
    Source Audio Multiwave Bass Distortion (Soundblox 2)
    Source Audio guitar OFD
    Source Audio Manta (Soundblox 2)
    Zoom MS60B
    Source Audio MIDI hub controlled by Boss FV50L, Source Audio HotHand 3 and Tech21 MIDI Mouse
    Pedals are powered by Mooer micro power (8x 300mA at 9V)

    My ambient guitar pedalboard:
    Korg Pitchblack
    ZVEX Distortron
    Zoom MS50G (running POG-like octavers, random seek-wahs, organ simulator)
    DoD Ice Box chorus
    Line6 Echo Park delay
    Electronix Submarine preamp (now known as Zeibek)
    Plutoneium ChiWahWah
    TC Electronics Flashback delay
    Neunaber WET shimmer reverb
    EHX Stereo Memory Man with Hazarai delay/reverb/looper

    Pedals I no longer own:
    Boss PS5
    ZVEX Mastotron
    ZVEX Box Of Metal
    Dunlop Bass Crybaby Wah
    Visual Sound H2O chorus/delay
    Ibanez TS9DX (Tube Screamer DX)
    Rocktron Silver Dragon
    Blackstar HT-Dist
    Radial Tonebone Classic
    BYOC Opticomp
    Vox Snake Charmer
    G.A.S. List:
    I want a chambered bass that doesn't feedback, and a bigger Genz Benz amp that would sound like my Shuttle but bigger.
    Influences and Teachers:
    I got into bass covering Japanese rock bands like L'Arc en Ciel. My band used to cover a lot of X Japan and Versailles songs, but our originals sound more like bands like Dir En Grey with guitars like Luna Sea.
    Hobbies and Interests:
    I've been playing around with ethnic percussion and ambient stuff and handpans.
    I used to be a classical string instrument player for most of my life under the influence of my parents. I didn't really enjoy it, but it gave me a very good foundation in music. Then I discovered rock through Visual Kei bands like Dir En Grey, and then I discovered bass, which is very prominent in Japanese rock. More recently, I've been experimenting with ethnic stuff through a serendipitous encounter, and to ambient new age soundscapes thanks to my girlfriend, and this has been creeping into my music.

    My band Sangriento grew out of an X-Japan cover band into a uniquely creepy alternative band. We live on the edge between dark brooding heavy metal riffs and beautifully melancholic atmospheric vocals.

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