James Gould, the US

(Madlife)

James Gould1. 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 got my first bass about a month before my 16th birthday. It was easy based on the idea that I really wanted to know how to play. So, it wasn’t like work and I wasn’t forced into doing it.

2. Playing on the bass for you is… Hobby? Job? Lifestyle?

Bass is my life!! Aside from about 6months of playing lead guitar in a band, I’ve always played bass..It just feel natural for me to play it..

3. Who is your musical inspiration among bassists?

There are so many amazing bass players out there that inspire me.. But, for the most part, I am interested in good songwriting over technical playing abilities. And, I do try to find inspiration in every band I see, from a cover band in a small bar to an international touring band in a arena..There should be something you can take away from every performance you see or hear.

4. Do you play any other musical instruments? If you start to learn another one which would you like?

I have taught myself to play guitar and some beats on the drums. I really wish I learned how to play piano growing up. I can play some chords on it, but it takes me a while..And, I should have been in the chior in school so I could have really learned how to sing.

5. Musical instrument with which you can be associated with is…

As I said, I’ve been a bassist almost my whole musical career..

6. Tell us about the projects in which you participate?

I have played in a few bands, most notably Madlife. We had a few songs on the radio and did a few tours around the US.

7. What do you feel on live performances? How friendly and open are you with your fans?

Live performances are awesome. It is such a great feeling to see someone getting into the music you are playing and creating..I always try to meet with fans at shows. They are the reason why we all keep doing this, right?? And, it still amazes me every time a fan asks for my autograph..That’s such a cool thing!!

8. What do you like except music? Can you imagine yourself in other areas of life?

When I am not playing music, I am usually just hanging with friends.. Maybe watch some games on tv or catch a movie.. And, like everyone else, it seems we are all tied to our phones.. HA!! If I weren’t to be playing music, I would like to be doing something in the music business.. Maybe studio producing/engineering or live sound or something in the field. And, I’m not sure I’d feel comfortable if I weren’t doing something in music.

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 have a few different basses, a few custom made ones, some high end Zon basses, and a couple Epiphone Blackbirds. I use Ampeg amps and cabinets and a few effects to make noises.. To the second part of this question, I don’t think the guitar’s brand name has anything to do with the quality of music. I have seen some famous bassists play different basses through different amps and always sound the same. It is more about the player and what comes from their hands..

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 currently putting together a new band with some friends. We have about 10-15 demoed as of now. We are trying to put the finishing touches on the band and then release it to the world.. It would be great if something broke with this act. I think we are in the process of writing some really great songs..