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My Favorite Bassists

As a bassists, these 10 guys have been my biggest influences over the years. Most of them aren't considered bass virtuosos, but thats not really my style anyway.
1Jeordie White

Aka Twiggy from Marilyn Manson/APC/Goon Moon. White was pretty much the guy who made me pick up the bass in the first place. Even though his lines are pretty elementary most of the time, he holds down a nice groove and locks in with the guitar and drums very well. I don't really listen to Manson much anymore, but Twiggy will always remain a big influence on me. And I still would murder someone for a vintage alpine white Thunderbird.
2Jesse F. Keeler

Another huge influence on my playing. Anyone that knows me around here knows I am a huge DFA1979 fan and a large part of that is due to Jesse's playing. His lines are always danceable yet still dark and distorted. His tone is to die for and one of a kind. I think he is one of the most original players I have come across and I aspire to one day to be half as great a player Jesse is.
3Joe Lally

Fugazi bassist for the uneducated. Lally is often overlooked due to two of the greatest punk guitarists being in the same band as him, but Joe makes up for half of the best rhythm section in all of music. His lines are always funky but punk as fuck. I don't think there is one Fugazi song with an unmemorable bass line.
4Justin Chancellor

Well duh.
5Juan Alderete

Most may know him by The Mars Volta fame, but some of his best lines have been composed on his side projects. Most notibly Big Sir and Racer X. In Big Sir Juan made up some of the best trip-hop bass lines I have ever heard, they're soulful and funky and always danceable. In Racer X his speed was unmatched. I watched an interview with him once where he said he would practice scales doing 16ths at over 160bpm while he was in Racer X. Fucking ridiculous. Theres a reason why he is Omar's go-to bassist for all his projects, and one of the only consistent members of The Volta.
6Paul Hinojos

At The Drive-In bassist for those who don't know. Just another great player, all his lines in ATD-I are great. I wish he went on to do more after ATD-I, but it seems like he is no where to be found nowadays.
7Brian Cook

Botch/Russian Circles/These Arms Are Snakes bassist. Probably one of the best bassists in punk. He is versatile and innovative, and has one sick tone out of a fucking Grabber. His lines on Geneva blow me away every time, especially on the title track. Of course he was a key member in Botch, one of the greatest metalcore acts around, and the no de-funked These Arms Are Snakes. I don't know any bassist with a better resume than Cook.
8Martin Mendez

Another huge reason why I picked up the bass, and the reason why I mostly play fingerstyle. He proves that even in metal its all about your style and technique, not your gear. He's another guy that is pretty damn versatile, I mean just listen to his playing on Damnation.
9Nate Newton

Converge. Easily one of the best players in metalcore and punk. His tone is brutal and his playing is flawless. I can only dream that I can write crushing riffs like Newton one day.
10Kat Taylor-Small

From Lullabye Arkestra. One of the baddest chick bassists around, Kat plays in a bass and drum bad with DMST drummer and husband Justin Small. Her lines are about as punk as it gets and always interesting. I love playing through Threats/Worship, every song has an amazing riff or two.
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