Monday, July 26, 2010
Neil Hebert - Profile Interview
Neil Hebert – Profile Interview
1. What instrument(s) do you play?
Electric bass, guitar, vocals
2. What equipment are you using? (ie guitars, bass, amps, harmonica, drums, sax etc.)
Fender Jazz fretless, Musicman Stingray, Squire TB
Markbass head and cabinet
Fender Super Champ, Fender Super Reverb
3. Have you modified your set-up in any way to better suit your style of playing.
Just do my own setups.
4. Is there any instrument that you owned, but sold and now regret it? No
5. How did you first get intested in your instrument?
6. What are your influences in the blues?
Classic black blues – Little Walter, Willie Dixon, Robert Johnston, Muddy Waters
7. Are there any particular players on the world stage who have had an effect on your playing?
8. Can you recommend any soundtrack/video/DVD of these players?
Anything by Vic Wooten, Pino Palladino, Willie Dixon, Willie Weeks
9. How would you describe the type of sound you have or would like to achieve.
Depends on the music, but usually pure and articulate.
10. If money was no object, what equipment would you like to use at a medium sized gig? (50 seater)
My Jazz bass through my Markbass Amp
11. What, in your view, makes a player special/unique (past or present)
How much he/she enjoys playing.
12. What are your favourite songs?
Too many and change often.
13. How long have you been playing?
Bass – about 15 years, not counting teenage years.
14. Are you presently in a group or working on any projects with other musicians? (name the other members if you like and what they play) Yes. Several.
15. Do you like working in the studio, prefer to go out and play, or both? (please elaborate if you can)
Gigging is the beast.
16. Are there any local musicians that you would recommend to go and see play who you like the most?
17. Which local musician(s) have had an effect on your own playing? Stephen Barry, Maypo
18. How did you first get involved with music? (ie. listened to a record, friend introduced you to an album, went to a club to see someone play)
Heard The Shadows and The Ventures.
19. Do you practice often (ie. learn new songs, go over the ones you know, or just fiddle around?
All of the above.
20.Share with us your ideal gig (ie. large or small venue, do you like to get there very early to set up, do you expect other band members to do the same, who does the sound or works the board. – anything at all about your approach to playing)
My favourite gigs have been outdoor concerts aqnd private parties. 300 people for rock, or 100 for blues.
21. Is playing for you a job to be worked hard at, shear pleasure, or a mixture of both?
22. What do you think of jam sessions? (please elaborate likes and dislikes)
Cool when people listen to each other.
23. Do you prefer to work out your music in advance, or do you like a certain amount of improvisation?
24. Have there been any experiences that made you nervous on stage?
Yeah. I plugged a mono chord into the stereo output of a borrowed Rickenbacher and couldn’t figure out the problem.
25. Is it more nerve-wracking for you to play in front of friends, other musicians or a regular bar crowd?
Doesn’t depend on the crowd (unless they’re mean).
26. What advice would you give to an aspiring young player? ( ie. Technique, style, equipment etc.- any mistakes to avoid?)
Get out and have fun.
Apart from private projects, Neil is playing Smoke Meat Pete’s on the 31st July, 2010 and Maison de Blues on the 2nd September, 2010.
Posted by Maison de Blues at Monday, July 26, 2010