We just loaded out from my first Philly show as a member of Filmstar.
Bass was played. I did not magically forget how to do it when we got on stage, which was a great relief. I had worries that I was going to look down and suddenly discover the bass was totally alien to me, like I was holding an accordion, or something else arcane that I don’t know how to play.
It’s weird to be sitting on the bottom of the mix. With Gina everything has equal weight – guitar against guitar, vocal against vocal. Either of us can dip out for a second and things stay in motion.
With Filmstar if I stop playing there’s no bottom! The bottom falls out.
Well, after one experience with that early in the set, I learned my lesson pretty quickly.
The other strange thing was being so LOUD. I am not a loudness junky when it comes to music, so I’m not used to the way instruments and amps resonate differently at higher volumes. It kept taking my by surprise.
It was a good set. Fast, a few bumps, but nothing I’m going to hold against myself forever.
So, yeah, now I’m a bassist. Seriously, me as the rhythm section? Where do I come up with these ideas.