Very excited to announce that I will be filling in the low end with Unleash The Archers! These guys shred and I’m super stoked to be playing with them! Keep your eyes and ears peeled for crazy new things happening with this group!
(photo cred: Kevin Eisenlord Photography)
I will be joining UTA on stage for Armstrong Metal Fest July 17th and Loud As Hell Fest July 31st.
Check out some Unleash the Archers if you haven’t already:
I’ve been wanting to share my discoveries of tuning the electric bass in 5ths, as it there seems to be a severe lack of slab players that have documented the rare art of scordatura on their instruments.
I have just made three Instagram videos highlighting different bass lines and how they look and feel in the obscure tuning. Check them out at the links below! They are the 1st, 2nd, and 4th videos. The 3rd video only contains a cat and some punk rock so you can watch too if you feel like it.
P.S. Enjoy the only photo I’ve seen of the debut of my solo project FAP. I salvaged this from FB (cheers Merlyn!)
I have been thinking a lot about European Art Music in the past months, and I have decided to adapt the modern electric bass to some baroque repertoire. I am really curious as to how the instrument can fit into the traditional repertoire of these types of composers and hope to keep experimenting with different compositions. Someone should write a write a piece for solo electric bass tuned in fifths!
Here is me accompanying Karl Richter directing the first movement of J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No.1.
Here’s a duo arrangement of two electric basses playing Handel’s Allemande in A minor.
And here is half of the 2nd movement in Bach’s Cello Suite no.2 in D minor that I am in the process of preparing for a full set of solo electric bass pieces. https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=140186549671856
Extreme metal is a music genre that has held a special place in my heart ever since I was the quiet kid with black nail polish in Grade 11. It was when I acknowledged the power this style of music held over me that I made the decision to pursue an education in music. By enrolling myself into a university program to figure out how this music was composed and executed, I discovered the vast breadth of genres that were equally as evocative as my metal roots and have provided me with limitless inspiration and life lessons.
It was with great enthusiasm when Tanner Revak approached me with the opportunity to record fretless bass on his musical brainchild, Gladius Sky, which immediately transported me back into the world of shred harmony guitars, face-melting blast beats and symphonic arrangements.
This recording is a significant achievement for me, as it is the first time that I get to share album credits with one of musical idols. The drums were recorded by none other than Hannes Grossman, who is renowned for being a virtuosic member of groups such as Necrophagist, Obscura, and Blotted Science.
My favourite track off this epic is “A Transparent Horror”.
As a fairly accurate example of my musical dichotomy, I often get called to sub on various gigs that may seem as far removed from the death metal world as could possibly be. One such occasion was for Evan Cribb’s Pixie Dream Girls. Evan is becoming infamous for his approach to jazz composition and arrangement that is often complex, loud and innovative. However, he tames the arrangements into minimalist springboards for subtle free improvisation in his group Pixie Dream Girls. It was a treat to get the opportunity to play with some of my former classmates and the beautiful compositions produced some incredibly sensitive moments.
I am particularly proud of my improvisation from 10:00 to 11:45, which I think is a sound portrayal of why I am infatuated with tuning the bass in 5ths.