A couple of weeks ago bass builder Jimmy Coppolo asked me to appear/perform at his 4th annual bass hang called Bassacre. Bassacre is a meet up where bassists can get familiar with bass guitar builders, amplifiers, product demos, & pro audio gear in a comfortable bass-centric setting. All proceeds of the event went to American Holistic Veterinary Medical Foundation. Because I do so much with Earthquaker Devices I thought it would be cool to demo the giant Earthquaker Devices pedalboard as my peformance.
I am a pretty spontaneous person and when my friend, Janek Gwizdala, showed up at the event, I asked him if he would play bass while I turned knobs and explained the many pedals on the board. Janek agreed and we made this video of our collaboration. Janek is no stranger to pedals and owns more Boss OC-2 octave pedals than any musician on the planet. Janek pulled out the Goya Panther bass I have been playing on tour with Deltron 3030 and we went to work. Having Janek play bass made it easier for me to dig into the abilities of the great Earthquaker Devices pedals and, with so many pedals on the board, I covered more ground than if I had to play.
While at the Bassacre, I got to check out the amazing gear all the great manufactures brought. Carey Nordstrand showed me his innovative pickup designs and phenomenal basses. He is a good friend and a real pioneering artist when it comes to bass gear designs. A-Designs was there and their entire product line is worth checking out. The Reddi all tube di is beyond anything availble and the other products they have coming out are groundbreaking, must have tools for bassits and musicians looking to interface their instruments in their truesest audio form. I also got to play some of the different awesome models of Kala basses that were at the event and my amplifier company, Ampeg, was there showing attendees why they are the best bass amps made.
I want to thank Jimmy Coppolo for the opportunity to appear at Bassacre. Where else would I have gotten to meet the great Chuck Rainey, hang with the legendary Bobby Vega, and pimp the great Earthquaker Devices product line? The only thing that would have made it better is if I would have worked a deal with Jimmy on his super tight Yo-Show-Tee-Too short scale bass. That bass was made to be in my hands!