Diggy Kat, the United State
(Vufcup, Odaal, The Mercury-Mars unit, 210toLowell, The Atomic Squirrels, Wasted Days)
1. For the first question we want to know when did you start to play the bass guitar? Was it easy for you to learn bass?
When I was 18, I had already been playing guitar for 10 years so picking up bass was easy and loads of fun!
2. Playing on the bass for you is… Hobby? Job? Lifestyle?
Both job and lifestyle.
3. Who is your musical inspiration among bassists?
Stephen Stills, Paul McCartney, Rick Danko, Bjorn Englen and Jerry Only.
4. Do you play any other musical instruments? If you start to learn another one which would you like?
Besides bass, I also instruct guitar and banjo. I can find my way around drums, keyboards, piano, accordion, harmonica, dulcimer, sitar, melodica, cumbus, glockenspiel, autoharp and mandolin. The next instruments I have my eyes set on are cello and stand up bass.
5. Musical instrument with which you can be associated with is…
Anything with strings.
6. Tell us about the projects in which you participate?
I was bassist for Wasted Days (2007-2008), The Atomic Squirrels (2008), and 210toLowell (2012-2013) guitarist for The Mercury-Mars Unit (2009-2011) and percussionist for Odaal (2012-hiatus). I have my own project called Vufcup where I play all the instruments.
7. What do you feel on live performances? How friendly and open are you with your fans?
Very natural, loads of fun, great times! I absolutely love my fans and always willing to pose for a picture and chat with them because I really view my fans as friends.
8. What do you like except music? Can you imagine yourself in other areas of life?
I am also the co-founder, station manager and radio personality for Lucky Star Radio, I like cats, the color orange and coffee and I directed a music video for the latest Parker Rose song, „Slow Drive”.
9. Maybe other bass players or those who start to learn bass are reading this article now. Let’s talk about technical stuff. Which brand do you prefer? Does quality of music depend on the guitar’s brand or of the skill of the bass player?
I am never set on one brand, I love checking out different types. I use a Ashdown Bass Amp and the basses I use are: 24 fret electric ESP, electric Peavey, acoustic/electric fretless Michael Kelly and an electric fretless bass that was made by a violin player and owned by Malcolm Jones from Blues Image.
The skill depends on the quality. If the quality is bad you can’t hear yourself as well as you should which means others can’t as well. If the quality is clear you can hear what sounds good, you can easily identify mistakes that will make it easier for you to practice and accomplish at a professional level.
10. And the last question is about your musical dreams and plans. What are you planning for the future? What are you dreaming about? What should we wish for you?
I am in the early process of working on Vufcup’s 6th independent album and continuing full speed ahead with www.live365.com/stations/luckystarradio!