- Member #
- Member since
- 28 Apr 2009
- Last activity record:
- Active over 1 month ago
- Instruments played:
- Bass Guitar
- Classic Rock, Heavy Metal, Alternative/Modern Rock
- Screen name:
- Owasso, Oklahoma, 74050
- 50 years old
- Level of commitment:
- Years playing music:
- Gigs played:
- 10 to 50
- Tend to practice:
- More than 3 times per week
- Available to gig:
- 2-3 nights a week
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Vocalist - General, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Drums, Other Percussion, Violin, Keyboard, Piano, Flute, Other, Fiddle, Bagpipes.
More interested in CREATING something new and interesting than in doing covers, though a few covers never hurt anyone... if they aren't tired covers and are played for the love of music rather than the "tell them guys to play some Skynyrd" cattle herd. Most fun and musically active time for me was late 80s, playing metal covers, from Sabbath and Zeppelin to Rush and Maiden.
Got some really bad and heavily effected solo stuff here... myspace.com/audiodogbrain
Just experiments gone bad. I put them in the playlist here, along with "222 Seconds of Nothing," a little funk-slap-tap sample with cheesy auto-rhythm and bad overdubs; and two decent recordings of the last band I played with in Arkansas, "Behavior Number 9" (Now re-formed as "Living For Lisa".)
I didn't move to Oklahoma out of choice, my job kind of forced it upon me. I don't particularly like it here. No... I hate it here. IHTFP for acrophiles. But I have a drum kit here, come on, I'm getting sick of begging for humans to jam with.
Email: rsimmons133 at ya who dot com.
Funk, metal, and progressive.
It's been said that most bass players play bass, because at some point or other, they found themselves with a group that needed a bass player, so they had to put down the sticks or the guitar, pick up the bass, and learn to play it. Strangely enough, this was not the case with me. Bass was my first love.
The first early influence, as a kid, that MADE me want to learn to play bass, was 70s funk. By the time I started playing WITH people in my teens and 20s, I was a Steve Harris wannabe; then when the garageband scene declined I got more into progressive rock.
-- Metal/Alt Influences- Iron Maiden, Pantera, (early) Korn, Tool... Primus of course.
-- Prog Influences- Yes, Rush, King Crimson (and the Fripp-Byrne-Eno family of side projects), Kansas, ELP, Zeppelin, Pink (Floyd, not that chick band), Genesis (3 Sides Live and backwards), Asia (arguably a Yes-Crimson side project as well), Kraftwerk (not a bass influence, but my first favorite band as a child).
-- Funk Influences- EWF, Parliament, Ohio Players, Isley Bros, anybody remember Brick? I guess Flea and RHCP should be in this category too.
Much of this influence is worthless without others who share in it though.
Ashdown Mag 300 head, Peavey 15" cab (until I feel the need for a second one), Soundgear SR506 6-String Bass, Rogue LX406 6-string bass, Traben Array Attack fourstring.