The Real World: Joel Loh

February 25, 2011
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bp0311_comm_rw1_nrHome Base Singapore

Occupation Graduate student

Gigs Crossculture, freelance pub gigs

Basses Eminence portable upright 5-string (EADGC), Korean French-style bow; Yamaha BB450

Rig Line 6 Lowdown Studio 110 (for small venues), Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI (for larger venues)

Effects Xotic AC+, Boss LS-2 Line Selector, Boss RV- 3 reverb/delay, HAO Rust Driver

Strings, etc. Thomastik Spirocore (upright), Ernie Ball Super slinky (electric)

Heroes & Inspiration Stu Hamm, Will Lee, John Patitucci, Brian Bromberg, Scott LaFaro, Renaud Garcia-Fons, Mike Dirnt

How did you come to play bass? We had guitarists and drummers galore at church, but no one played bass. So I made the switch. I’m still kicking myself for not doing it earlier!

What’s a lesson you’ve learned along the way?

Incorporating transcription into my practice regime really opened my eyes. It helped me to learn more about how note duration and dynamics can make or break a song.

What are your musical goals? To arrange & transcribe more songs and go through Rufus Reid’s The Evolving Bassist.

Contact joel.loh.wei.en@gmail.com, www.facebook.com/pages/CrossCulture/151469161530613, www.myspace.com/joelloh

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