Matt Ferrari, the US
(Three Act Tragedy)
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 15, and it was my first time even dabbling in playing an instrument, so it was as hard as anything is or isn’t for a teenager to learn, I suppose. I loved it, but my approach to learning was… non-conventional, so to speak.
2. Playing on the bass for you is… Hobby? Job? Lifestyle?
Lifestyle, definitely lifestyle. I’ve always said the bass feels more like an extension of myself instead of a tool of sorts.
3. Who is your musical inspiration among bassists?
My original inspiration was Les Claypool of Primus, and Justin Chancellor of Tool. Although these played a heavy roll in my early endeavors into creative from the perspective a bass player, I have grow to appreciate and be influenced by most if not all genres of music and their respective cream of the crop players.
4. Do you play any other musical instruments? If you start to learn another one which would you like?
I dabble in almost every instrument I can put my hands on. I’m also a Producer/Engineer, so in mine line of work you wind up tinkering a lot. I’d like to get properly acquainted with the piano. I have a vintage one in the studio that I love, but I almost feel embarrassed to play on due to my lack of piano fingers.
5. Musical instrument with which you can be associated with is…
Primarily bass and production. I don’t play any other instrument well enough to call it my own, but I can play it well enough to turn it into something in the studio for sure!
6. Tell us about the projects in which you participate?
Currently my full time band is Three Act Tragedy, which is a melodic rock/metal band. The music is aggressive at times with melodic female vocals for the lead. No screaming in this one, which is in sharp contrast to previous projects I’ve been involved in.
7. What do you feel on live performances? How friendly and open are you with your fans?
Live performances are when I feel truly alive, and at home. On the stage playing bass is where I belong!
8. What do you like except music? Can you imagine yourself in other areas of life?
Most of my life revolves around music in some facet or another. If I’m not working on music, or working at my many music related jobs, I’m usually going to shows. The small gaps in between are spent playing video games, and bbqing with my friends.
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 used to have a lot of brand preference going on in my head when I started out. I recommend taking someone with you. Where a blindfold on the way in, and have them go down the row handing you bass after bass while you play (still blind folded). The brand, make, model and year mean nothing. If it feels, and sounds good to your ears that is your instrument… it’s just s that a lot of times your ears have pricey taste.
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?
On a professional level I am planning to push Three Act Tragedy really hard, and promote my studio/record label, Psycho Monkey Records. On a personal level… I’m hoping to achieve sleep sometime soon. So hard to come by… so very hard to come by.