OverendWatts
CONTACT

SEEKING

Band to Join, Vocalist, Vocalist - Tenor, Vocalist - Soprano, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Drums, Other Percussion, Violin, Saxophone, Keyboard, Piano, Background Singer, Harmonica, Other, Banjo, Vocalist - Alto, Steel guitar, Cello, Accordion, DJ, Electronic Music.

ABOUT

Electric/upright bassist looking for band, small combo, conceptual projects, or extrovert genius instrumentalist/vocalist who wants to play live a few times a month, with day jobs, and who can (and wants to) get down to business and play live soon.

Recently moved back to Arizona. 35 years of playing and performing wide variety of musical styles including surf, rockabilly, Stax/Motown soul, garage, pop arrangements for big band, French '30s swing jazz, and (a few months ago) a "Ziggy-era" Bowie live tribute. I am mainly a guitarist but have played bass for years at a time over past 30+ years. Bass is currently my main mode of expression and utility these days.

As a bassist I am adaptable, a quick study, a good songwriting/arranging collaborator, a problem solver, and will always show up on the "1". I have about an 8th or 9th grade level music theory knowledge; the rest comes from good ears, good memory and musical promiscuity.

Other musical genres I would add if BandMix allowed me to pick more than 4: 70s German rock, Afrobeat, R&B, 30s Paris swing jazz, celtic, and anything from Jamaica

Full disclosure here: I have 3 kids every two weeks, which impacts my schedule during the time I have them. Would never interfere with gigs but may impact # of weekly practice nights.

Screen name:
OverendWatts
Member since:
Oct 29 2012
Active within 1 week
Level of commitment:
Moderately Committed
Years playing music:
30
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
1 time per week
Available to gig:
2-3 nights a week
Most available:
Nights

Influences

Stones, Bowie (especially Spiders-era), Beatles, Kinks, Neu!, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, anything Stax or Motown, PJ Harvey, Fela Kuti, Charles Mingus, Tom Waits, Talking Heads, Portishead, Lee Perry and dub producers, Roxy Music, The Who, Anna Calvi, Prince, Dylan, Velvet Underground, The Cramps, Ramones, The Pretenders, Eno, Richard Thompson/Fairport Convention, Cheap Trick, Elvis Costello, Mott the Hoople, The White Stripes, Chic, Camper Van Beethoven, KISS, Big Star, Television, Radiohead

Instrument experience:

Rhythm Guitar:
Expert
Acoustic Guitar:
Expert
Bass Guitar:
Expert
Lead Guitar:
Advanced
Background Singer:
Moderate
Harmonica:
Moderate
Vocalist - Bass:
Moderate
Vocalist - Baritone:
Moderate
Dobro:
Intermediate
Steel guitar:
Intermediate
Upright bass:
Intermediate
Banjo:
Beginner
Electronic Music:
Beginner

EQUIPMENT

Main electric bass rig is a Custom Shop '64 J into a Fender Pro 400 head. Generally no processing except compression. I play 4, repeat 4 strings. If you're looking for a 5 string bassist, I'm not your guy.

Engelhardt Swing Bass.

I also have a theremin, a rack of Lee Oskar diatonic harps, and a plethora of guitar equipment for use by other musicians as needed/wanted.