George Michael, Amy Winehouse, Chaka Khan, Mariah Carey, and Cliff Richard's bassist of choice, Steve Walters, talks with Evander Swaby (Jay Prince, Mansur Brown, Vanessa White) about life as a sideman. Steve shares the important lessons he's learnt from working with the likes of Lewis Taylor and Dylan Howe and recalls how he winded up in Jaco Pastorius' apartment for a bass lesson.
Both Steve and Evander use Rotosound Swing Bass 66 and Jazz Bass 77 strings.
00:27 "The best flatwound strings in the world"
00:51 Deciding to become a professional bass player
02:32 Bass lessons from Jaco Pastorius
07:18 Make everything sound musical
07:40 Practice as if you're performing
08:57 Adapting to different styles and adopting new skills
10:36 Working with Dylan Howe - "Learn the part"
11:57 Working with Alan Darby - "Just play the song"
13:53 Working with Lewis Taylor - Importance of The Groove
15:47 Working with George Michael - Exposing yourself to a variety of music
17:14 Understanding your influences
18:11 James Jamerson and Willie Weeks to Pino Palladino
20:14 "Play and observe as if you're listening to the record"
23:21 Working with Mansur Brown - supporting the lead instrument
25:29 Moulding yourself and your abilities
26:17 Tips on learning songs on bass
31:10 How to approach adding your own ideas
31:48 A challenging session
35:00 Staying professional when working with different characters
38:12 Living with the band and crew on tour
41:32 Adapting your sound for the style you're playing
44:10 Know what technique fits the song
46:48 Playing bass for Amy Winehouse
47:41 Rehearsing at show volume and show intention
48:33 Amy Winehouse gets her way with the AR guys
49:40 Steve's proudest moment playing with George Michael
52:19 Evander's proudest moment playing with Mansur Brown on live TV
• About Rotosound:
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Developed in conjunction with some of the world's top artists, Rotosound strings are synonymous with unbeatable tone and longevity and are manufactured in Great Britain.