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Kern Brantley – Warwick Bass Camp 2016 Video Interview

Discussion in 'News & PR' started by TalkBass, Mar 31, 2017.

  1. TalkBass

    TalkBass News Poster

    Mar 12, 2004
    A native to Detroit, Michigan, Kern Brantley began music as a child with his mother and brothers. Kern wanted to join his brothers in playing guitar but was “forced” by the music teacher to take over the bass parts. Kern's entire family is intimately connected with music; His uncle was a musical director for Stevie Wonder. Today Kern is a sought-after bassist, producer, songwriter and arranger. Kern’s work is featured with Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, Ne-Yo, Brandy, Destiny’s Child, Ginuwine, Whitney Houston, R. Kelly, Salt-N-Pepa, Boyz II Men, Monica, Aaliyah, Bobby Brown, Earl Klugh, Grover Washington Jr., the Winans, Will Smith, LL Cool J, Jay-Z, Aretha Franklin, the Clark Sisters, Eddie Murphy, and many other well-known musicians.

    As a Warwick Artist, Kern Brantley plays the following Masterbuilt Custom Shop models:
    • Warwick Thumb Bass NT 5
    • Warwick Buzzard BO
    • Warwick Vampyre NT 4
    • Warwick Infinity NT Flamed Maple 4
    • Warwick Jack Bruce Signature
    Kern Brantley came to the Bass Camp from Detroit, where he had prepared the annual "Detroit Bass Day". In our interview, Kern tells us how he bought his first Warwick Bass in Detroit and that he appreciates 5-string Warwick basses especially because of their incomparably expressive and tight tone on the deep B string.

    Last year’s Bass Camp took place from August 28th to September 2nd of 2016 at Warwick in Markneukirchen/Germany, followed by the ReeveLand Music Festival on September 3rd. During the Bass Camp in 2016, we had the opportunity to talk extensively with the Warwick artists. All interviews were conducted by Nick Wells from Great Britain and recorded by the Warwick video team at the Warwick Headquarters in Markneukirchen.

    For more information about Kern Brantley, please visit www.kernbrantleymusic.com
  2. burk48237

    burk48237 Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Oak Park, MI
    Kerns the man, he also plays at a couple of our local churches, and hosts a great jam session when he's in town. He's been the main driver behind the last two Detroit Bass Days too.
    ShirazBop likes this.
  3. tleebassist11

    tleebassist11 Taylor Lee Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2011
    Endorsing: Fodera, DR Strings
    Really dug this! He seems so humble! Wow inspirational
  4. gjohnson441496


    Dec 14, 2014
    That Warwick is badaz. It's a Jack Bruce Cream Reunion.
    gregmon79 likes this.
  5. MikeBass

    MikeBass Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2003
    Royal, Oak, MI.
    Kern is a very down to earth and genuinely nice guy.
    I've had the pleasure of hanging out with him a number of times.
    Altitude likes this.
  6. Altitude

    Altitude An ounce of perception, a pound of obscure. Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2005
    Denver, nee Austin
    Kern sounds like a Mark King guy, if I'm hearing it right.
  7. gregmon79

    gregmon79 I did it for the muff... Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2012
    Chicago IL
    That thing looks awesome!! It almost looks like a Wal!! Do you know if this is this a model that can be found for sale or is it a one off custom just for him?
  8. Vic Bass

    Vic Bass

    Jul 22, 2015
    Thump City
    so jealous

    love the bounce on it
  9. gjohnson441496


    Dec 14, 2014
    Here's one of only 200 made...
    Warwick Jack Bruce Cream Reunion Fretless Bass 2005
    gregmon79 likes this.
  10. kerrycares

    kerrycares Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2006
    Kern is a true professional and has influenced countless Detroit area bassists and musicians.
    Winans live at Carnegie Hall th?id=OIP.pxUJKJp2v9svgh2WSuHCEAEsEs&w=163&h=163&c=7&qlt=90&o=4&pid=1. still one of my favorite Kern performances!
    5StringAssassin likes this.
  11. Looks like a $$ Corvette. .. with a lotta spesh fx!