October 25, 2020
Adam Nitti is a guy who can often be found mentioned in same breath as some of the greatest solo bass artists of our time. His compositional and playing styles are both highly developed and highly unique. Adam is also known as a great educator who teaches at one of the most acclaimed music universities in the U.S, Belmont university in Nashville, TN. In this episode we get to hear about the development and evolution of his successful signature bass with Ibanez as well as his proven approaches to practicing. Adam also shares about the bass rigs of his early touring days and how the making of his solo albums has changed from having Fusion overtones into his latest Rock-leaning project. We only scratch the surface of this guy's wealth of knowledge in this episode, but get your notebooks out, class is most definitely in session.
“Adam Nitti is one of the amazing players who is at the forefront of the bass movement. I always look forward to hearing his CDs just to see what he will do next.”
October 18, 2020
A veteran touring ace of the Nashville music scene, Mark has held down both the bass and Musical Director positions with superstar Carrie Underwood for over 15 years. In this episode we get to hear about Mark's early Gospel influences, his vintage P-basses and what it entails to be the MD for an artist who does everything from unplugged specials to arena shows to collaborations with a symphony orchestra. Mark also talks about his recent sessions for rapper DMX and the one time a bass DI box led to Steven Tyler singing two extra songs. Intrigued yet? Mark is one of the most soulful players in Music City and a gem of a guy who graciously invited us into his home for the recording of this episode.
October 3, 2020
If you are not familiar with Ian Allison from his Instagram account, you are missing out on a player who plays selfless, song-oriented bass with an inspiring, creative approach that is all his own. His videos dissecting synth bass lines are incredibly detailed and precise. His playing, his contagious personality and his linguistic prowess has landed him a spot as a regular contributor to Scottsbasslessons.com. In this episode we get to hear about growing up on "Hair Metal" in Montana and hard-earned lessons early in Ian's studio career. We also get incredible tips on some boutique pedal makers and a thorough explanation of why his number one bass shouldn't be great, but absolutely is! Fun and so much knowledge ahead in this episode with Ian.
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April 6, 2020
In this episode we get to meet B Dub who makes the most danceable, joyful bass snippets for his Instagram account. He stands out as a guy who plays the song and makes it feel good, ridiculously good, instead of just throwing too many spices in the stew. We get to hear about his upbringing in Compton, Los Angeles where Gospel was mixed with the West Coast Hip Hop the neighborhood is so well-known for. Bdub also tells us about his childhood memories of drumming in church and how he realized quickly how his musical instincts differed from other musicians even at an early age. Even though he occasionally does one offs with bigger names, he does most of his business from his home studio over the internet or on local gigs in Southern California. Obviously the lowdown on his bass gear setup is also included. No Lowdown Society Podcast would be complete without it. Hang out with Bdub for an hour and feel your groove improve!
March 17, 2020
Finally there is an episode of The Lowdown Society featuring a tech. After almost a year of trying to be in the same place at the same time, we were able to make it happen. Teching for a bass legend for 15 years, Terry Welty has been heavily involved with the design of all the signature-model instruments, amps and pedals that bears Geezer's name. We get to hear details about amp design as well as theories on speaker builds. Terry is currently touring with the legendary band Foreigner, where he is responsible for Bass Player/Bandleader Jeff Pilson's rig. We get to hear about recent changes in Jeff's setup as well. Terry tells us stories of "learning while doing" that are both fun and inspirational. A wealth of knowledge and many lessons in this episode...and a few cocktails as well.
December 7, 2019
In this very spirited episode of The Lowdown Society we get to meet my fellow Nashvillian-turned-Angeleno, Mr. Kyle Whalum. Kyle tells us about growing up in an exceptionally musical family where many family members have worked with or are currently working with music business royalty. We also get to hear about Kyle's passion for 100-mile Ultra Marathons with the training and lifestyle that goes with it. His journey to two of the biggest female-fronted gigs in the world is detailed, including nerdy gear talk and honest discourse about mental health as a musician. Lots to learn from this very busy guy who was able to talk to us on his first real break since starting his gig as the only bass player on a daytime national TV talk show.
October 11, 2019
Rudy Sarzo has played with a lot of legendary Hard Rock bands and can currently be seen touring with The Guess Who. In this extra long episode we get to hear about his studio contributions to classic recordings such as Quiet Riot's "Cum On Feel The Noise" and plenty of stories from his extensive touring career. We also get to hear details about several of his signature model basses with different manufacturers and all the work that went into the design work of those instruments. Rudy tells vivid stories of the Sunset Strip scene in Los Angeles during the 70's and 80's where he cut his teeth and made his mark as a musician at the beginning of his career. Rudy also discusses working with legendary guitar player Randy Rhoads in an effort to answer questions about the topic he claims he get asked the most about. We had entirely too much fun recording this podcast. "Beavis & Butthead" like chuckles are peppered throughout the talk. If you are ready for those as well as lots of positive energy from a legendary guy who is as excited about bass and music as he ever was, it is time to press play!
October 4, 2019
Whynot Jansveld is a great bass player who might have flown slightly under the radar as far as the world of bass goes, but as far as taste, restraint and deep pocket goes Whynot is nothing short of world class. He is currently doing touring work simultaneously for soulful British pop songstress Natasha Bedingfield, Pop legend Richard Marx and Los Angeles based producer-songwriter-to-the-stars Butch Walker. Whynot is also busy in the L.A session scene as a bass player, composer and mastering engineer. In this episode we get to hear about Whynot starting his musical journey back in his native Holland listening to Level 42 and Kiss, his move to the United States as well as his exciting professional beginnings as the house bass player at the Bitter End in New York City. He also tells us about first major artist tour with the at the time breaking Gavin DeGraw. A fellow musician at a recording session recently told Whynot after listening back to a particularly "stanky" bass performance, "I hear a lot of toxic masculinity in your playing". This event deserves an honorable mention in the podcast description. You have to listen now, right? Enjoy!
July 9, 2019
This episode was recorded on board the Monsters Of Rock Cruise 2019 with the sound of the waves of the Carribbean coming through the cabin door. You get to hear immense amounts of Spector bass talk and fun stories from these great Rock bass players. Bruno Ravel is the bassist, multi-instrumentalist, writer and producer behind the band Danger Danger. He also did sideman work for artists as diverse as German 80's superstar Nena and legendary Soul crooner Michael Bolton. Marty O'Brien tours regularly with Rock legend Lita Ford and has recorded for Celine Dion and Kelly Clarkson among others. This is a fun, spirited hang with two great Rock'n Roll bass players that hold nothing back when it comes to just how nerdy they will get when talking about basses and the world of Rock in general, exactly the kind of people we love to have on The Lowdown Society Podcast.
June 11, 2019
Nashville touring & session player Anton Nesbitt is one of my absolute favorites of the world-class players residing in Music City, USA. His subdued funkiness and musical versatility are equally impressive and contributes to a style all his own. In this episode we get to hear how the TV show "Hee-Haw" played a role in him becoming a bass player in the first place. We get the lowdown on his gear out on his most recent tour with LeAnn Rimes and the lowdown on some of his recording gear secrets. This episode also contains a joyful discussion and celebration of inexpensive basses. His resume includes Stacey Orrico, Boys II Men, Chrisette Michelle, Take 6 as well as an incredibly wide variety of other acts. Anton took time out away from his family on a rainy Friday night to meet me in Nashville to record this episode for you guys.