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Stephen Perkins

Discussion in 'Ask Mike Watt [Archived]' started by agyeman, Aug 27, 2001.


  1. agyeman

    agyeman Member

    Mar 6, 2001
    Hi Mike, Jane Addiction are one of my all time favourite bands, and you had the opertunity to work with Stephen Perkins when you recorded / toured for Porno For Pyros. When working with a drummer like Perkins, a very talented drummer with a unique approch to drumming, do you have to change your own playing to match with him. I imagine it is difficult to lock with a drummer like him.
     
  2. watt

    watt TalkBass Pro Supporting Member

    hi,

    the trick is to play the holes and leave some for him to play. everyone's different w/drums and so it should be w/the bass too. many ways to pet a cat. the key is listening and grabbing the feel, thump up the beat. the note closest to us is the kick drum so I start there. there's also reading the dynamic so you can get big and soft together, make the music breathe. w/perk, you have to be in the moment and that's a healthy thing.



    on bass, watt






     
  3. Felonious Punk

    Felonious Punk

    Aug 27, 2001
    agyeman,

    If you ever get a chance you should check out Banyan, which features Perkins on drums on Watt on thudstaff (as well as Nels Cline and Willie Waldman)

    Some of the best interaction between a drummer and bassist I've ever seen. I've witnessed the magic of Banyan on at least 20 occasions and my jaw drops every time.

    Mark
     
  4. watt

    watt TalkBass Pro Supporting Member

    thanks mark,

    here's a link to some banyan info:

    http://hootpage.com/hoot_banyan.html


    on bass, watt





     
  5. agyeman

    agyeman Member

    Mar 6, 2001
    Thanks for the link Mike, I will check it out. I consider Steve Perkins to be one of, if not the greatest drummer in the world today. I love it when drums and bass interact, I will be sure to check it out. Any bass player who can keep up with Steve must be a great bassist :)
     
  6. watt

    watt TalkBass Pro Supporting Member

    hi,

    thanks for giving the perk the props he truly deserves!





    on bass, watt