Hi there! My name's Lucas and I'm studying Bass at the Institute Of Contemporary Music Performance. Been playing for about 6 years and am, roughly, at Grade 5-6 (but have not taken any actual grade exams)! Have recorded in studios with my band and as a session bassist. Played in a blues duo for a year, a heavy metal band for 5 years and done some live session work. Have written some of my own Blues songs - one of which is in the Soundcloud section. I now play a variety of genres as listed below. Would be up/available to be part of a new band, play some gigs, record or maybe even just jam! Thanks!
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Interview with Lucas Lazarus Michaelides
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: The Girl From Mars - very proud to be Musical Director of a show appearing at Wembley Stadium!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am Musical Director and Bassist for touring Musical Theatre Show, The Girl From Mars - UK Tour begins in June appearing at Brighton Fringe, Northampton Picturedrome, Birmingham Roadhouse, MK Fringe, Wembley Stadium, Real Time Live Chesterfield, Level 3 Swindon and many more! As well as this I run my own Wedding & Function band, The Jukebox Project!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to work with you to achieve the best possible track!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love that everyday I get to do what I love, which is playing music, as a career and this allows me to constantly better myself as a bassist and musician every day.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: 1) Overwater Jazz Bass 2) Markbass Combo Amp 3) Macbook + Charger 4) Genelec Speakers 5) Focusrite Interface
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to have worked with Frank Zappa because of his innovative ideas and pure appreciation for each instrument's importance and part of the band. Today, I would like to work with Kirk Whalum and his gospel band, simply for the beautifully melodic bass lines gospel music boasts and is known so well for!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I work on all kinds of music including Jazz, Motown, Disco, Soul, Reggae, Funk, Pop, Rock, Musical Theatre and pretty much anything and everything else!
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I receive the charts/transcription from the client and have a little look at the harmonic progression and think up some idea I could use. I then listen to the reference track provided by the client and marge ideas of mine with influences from the reference track. I then do a rough take using my ideas and send to the client and if he/she is happy with the direction I have chosen then I will record the track professionally and once edited, EQd, automated etc etc I present the client with the isolated Bass track ready to go into their mix!
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Overwater Jazz Bass/Overwater Custom Fretless Bass/1989 MIJ '62 Reissue Fender Precision Bass with Rotosound Strings and into a Darkglass Electronics Vintage Deluxe Preamp which goes through my Markbass LMIII(800W) Head and into a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Audio Interface into Logic Pro X.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: John Paul Jones, Marcus Miller, Pino Palladino, James Jamerson, Donald Duck Dunn
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common session work I do is remote session work which involves recording bass tracks to a brief and conversing with the client in order to provide them with the best track I can give them!