Greg Richling, the US
(Wallflowers, Fiona Apple, Macy Gray, Michael Penn, Joe Henry)
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?
I started playing bass when I was 11 years old, in the 80’s, and took lessons at a local music store. I learned to play many popular songs of the day and found that if I wasn’t able to play something immediately, I usually was able to the next day after I got away from it for a bit.
2. Playing on the bass for you is… Hobby? Job? Lifestyle?
Playing the bass for me is a fun activity that turned into my job for a very long time. However, now it’s only one of the things that I do along with being a dad, producing records, and running my music promo site unkovr.com. The site takes about 8 to 10 hours out of my day nowadays.
3. Who is your musical inspiration among bassists?
I love so many bassists for different reasons, but my main influences are my friend and session ace Bob Glaub, Neil Jason, John Pierce, Davey Farragher, Jaco Pastorius, Taras Prodaniuk, James Jamerson, Duck Dunn, and many others.
4. Do you play any other musical instruments? If you start to learn another one which would you like?
I play drums, as well. Used to play drums in a couple bands many years ago. I think it would be cool to learn tuba next. I might do that.
5. Musical instrument with which you can be associated with is…
I play a fender p bass most of the time. Also an airline pocket bass.
I have worked with a lot of great artists through the years like the Wallflowers, Fiona Apple, Macy Gray, Michael Penn, Joe Henry…it’s been a fun ride.
7. What do you feel on live performances? How friendly and open are you with your fans?
I always try and be in the moment and focus on the music when I’m playing live…. Listen to everyone. I’ve always been friendly and made myself available to fans after shows and online. Without them there really isn’t a reason to perform…
8. What do you like except music? Can you imagine yourself in other areas of life?
I love to read. I read books everyday. I like biographies mainly. Love to learn about other people and their experiences in life. I also collect vinyl.
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 play fender p basses and I’m endorsed by GK for bass amps and speaker cabs. I love those 2 companies. Great sounds.
Personally, I think great equipment helps, but it’s really about the player. His or her style, touch, and personality, right? I mean, give a pro surfer a crappy board, he or she is still gonna shred on it!!
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?
My musical dreams have been fulfilled in many ways, but I suppose I’d love continue to play and produce great records and also do my part in turning the music business around with my new website unkovr.com