"This is how you do it. The more you stack, the further out you get." In this #EarthQuakerDay2018 clip, Juan Alderete hits the subs on the SamAsh Music stage hard with the Bit Commander, has some fun with Avalanche Run's "secret" ring-modulator setting, and explains how he uses pedals as compositional tools when writing music.
Juan Alderete de la Peña has been playing bass for over thirty years and has become one of the most well-respected players in the industry.
In 1985, Juan met renowned guitarist Paul Gilbert and the two started the ground-breaking metal outfit, Racer X. The band released two studio albums (1986’s Street Lethal and 1987’s Second Heat, both on Shrapnel Records), both of which showcased the band’s incredible speed, dexterity and skill in what many have dubbed “shred metal.” After releasing couple of live records, the members of Racer X went their separate ways in 1988, but reformed eleven years later, recording Technical Difficulties (Universal) and touring throughout Japan where the album reached gold status. Most recently, in 2009, the band did a one-off performance at Anaheim’s annual National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) convention.
After returning to college and receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature, Juan was approached in 2003 by Omar Rodriguez Lopez of The Mars Volta to be the touring bassist for the run of the band’s debut album, De-Loused in the Comatorium. After a successful, year-long tour, Juan became a permanent member of the group and went on to record The Mars Volta’s landmark second album, Frances the Mute (Universal). It was this album that inspired Bass Player Magazine’s editors to put Juan on the cover of their March, 2005 issue.
In 2016, Juan will debut a new project called Halo Orbit. The band consists of Juan, suGar (Buffalo Daughter, Metal Chicks) and Mark Guiliana (Mehliana, David Bowie) and has guest vocals by Del The Funky Homosapien and Lisa Papineau (Big Sir, Air, M83). Juan is also providing bass for Juliette Lewis on her 2016 tour along with Brad Wilk from Rage Against The Machine on drums.