Bass Player and groove touch
Quick, professional, accurate, with groove attitude and passion for the touch.
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Interview with Andrea Cocilovo
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Software:Cubase // Basses: Spector coda 5 (jazzbass) / Fender precision bass 4 / Fender jazzbass 4 fretless / Fender jazzbass 4 maple / Fender jazzbass 5 / Amplifiers: Markbass momark 800W / Cabinet 4x10 Markbass / Tech 21 sansamp VTBASS DI / Fender / Effects: Brunetti taxi driver/ Multi Comp EBS Octaver / Chorus/ Adrenalinn (Roger Linn)/
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog! The sound is warmer, more natural and real, alive.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The thing that most I like is playing. And I like dealing with new and different things
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: I surely would take a fender jazzbass, an amplifier, a plectrum, then an acoustic guitar and a cajon.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: When I was young I studied drums and my approach to the bass guitar is very groovy. I love putting groove to the song, even if I don't like to overfill it with too notes: just the right ones.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I love Peter Gabriel and his music, because he has a lot of rhythm and sound searching. Lenny Kravitz for the groove and the energy of his music, Marc Cohn and James Taylor for the smoothy mood Joss Stone for her warm voice. And many others..
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, Soul, Funk, Electropop, Rock, R'nB
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Timing, groove and touch.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring groove and rhythms, finding the best accompaniment and the bass' tone which can enrich the song.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: My typical work process starts with understanding of the need of the client. For example specifying the bass playing style they want, referring to famous songs or bass players. Tecnically I need specifications for the recording (16 / 24bit, 44100, 48000 etc.), then 3 kind of tracks, which must start with the same start point, to fully exclude syncro mistakes: - a drums track (and / or percussion) - a track with the song with no drums - a draft of the bassline (midi or audio) if you already have an idea or, otherwise, the music score Then I enjoy working with it :)
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Peter Erskine, Steve Smith, Jeff Porcaro, Steve Gadd, Tony Levin, Marcus Miller, Pino Palladino, Melvin Lee Davis, Rocco Prestia,