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Discussion in 'Ask Justin Meldal-Johnsen' started by TaySte_2000, Feb 28, 2014.
Very cool. I can definitely relate to all of this from the perspective of where I'm at with the work I'm doing. Thanks for sharing!!
This was a rad pedals and effects! Would love to hear you produce one of Juan's records! The two of you would come up with some really innovative stuff together...
Had a very reputable guitar player say to me that he didn't know how us cats did it. I responded, did what? He said, as a guitar player, you can come in and just kind of dance on top of it all, but as a bassist, you had to know every aspect of the music-what the drummer was doing against the vocal, and what the keyboard player was doing with the horns and guitars etc. It's so great to hear you talk about the importance the glue (bass) has to the foundation of the house. And yes I'd agree that bassists have made some great producers-just look at Don Was or Randy Jackson's career-and of course, yours too!
Well said, Mrzonehead. Also: Fridmann, Laswell,my friend Gus Seyffert who plays with the Black Keys. I'm sure there are plenty more. But probably not enough! I think that part of the problem is that bass players sometimes feel marginalized, and stepping forth can require a leap a of faith. I wonder: can anyone else think of some good examples?
Matt McJunkins (as The Beta Machine)
John Paul Jones
This was great! I have just gotten back into the wonderful world of pedals (there goes all my gig money!) Very thought provoking. Thanks!
JMJ, I thoroughly enjoyed your interview. As a bass player I can very much relate to feeling like a connector/glue in the studio environment. Even if the bridge is merely a simple rhythmic figure I borrow once from another instrument. I also find I will pay a lot of attention to the rhythms of the vocal phrase. During a vocal rest is where I may try to weave a counter-melody.
What artists over the years may have influenced your sound treatment sensibility the most? Are you hip to Boards of Canada? I saw Com Truise last night at The Echoplex, killer.
Nice, thx, all.
Yeah, I'm down with BOC, since in the Beck/Radiohead/Nigel camp it was on our radar very early. They're great. Com Truise has been a fixture for a while and it seems like they're (he) is finally living up to the blog-worthiness of his clever nom de plume, at least in terms of popularity. It's not really my thing musically, tho.
My sound treatment sensibility comes from things like This Heat, Faust, Harry Partch, Scott Walker, 4AD stuff, Factory stuff, but mainly most of all from Wire and all of its offshoots i.e. Dome, He Said, etc. Also from my history with Brad Laner from my old band Medicine and the various electronic and/or experimental things he has been involved with over the years, some of which I participated in. Also Aphex Twin, certainly.
Vegas532: great list! Not sure I really count Mat Mitchell as a bona fide bass player/producer, but he's certainly very capable and knowledgeable in many areas. I forgot about Tony Maimone. I love him.
Let's see: Maybe Wobble? I thought he produced some of the Invaders Of The Heart records...it's hard to think of other dudes.
...and Roger Glover, of course!
Greg Lake produced most of Emerson, Lake and Palmer's albums after they quit using Eddy Offord.
Duh Elizondo! Duh Glover, Lake too.
I think you two should spend more time together. The likelihood of both of you combining your knowledge, unreal playing and myriads of killer effects to create a positive bass portal to a parallel universe that can solve world hunger, hate and suffering is increased every time it happens! Haha. But seriously, this is a true testament to the positive powers of the internet. Kids these days are so lucky to have access to guys like yourself and Juan through forums and social media. I would have almost killed for it as a learning, keen teenager. In theory, the next generation of musicians should be absolutely incredible!