Which are your principal influences?

I like many kinds of music, and when I was learning the bass, I practiced lots of styles apart from rock – blues, jazz, funk, R&B, pop etc. I was influenced a lot by Jack Bruce of Cream, Tim Bogert (Vanilla Fudge, Cactus) and all the bands of the British blues boom of that time, such as John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Chicken Shack, Fleetwood Mac etc. Later I got into funk bass-players quite a bit, then Jaco Pastorius from Weather Report, so I tend to play differently to how most rock bassists play, and I’m not very interested in just playing the root note of the chord; I’d rather try and do something more interesting, if there’s the opportunity. I used to copy guitarists as well as bassists, and try to play exactly what they drummer was playing too, so I wasn’t only influenced by bass-players.

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    • It’s a thought, though I haven’t tabbed anything before, and I probably don’t have the time! More likely that I could re-record the bassline on its own and post that.

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