How I put together an original Heavy Hard Driving Space Rock band in today’s Technetronic Age…Part 1…

Putting together a band, any genre of music, yet alone a completely original band, is usually not easy to do. Not unless you are a high profile musician and can just put out the word, and voilà…you have a band of eager, high quality musicians ready to execute your vision.

Not usually easy, but in today’s technetronic age, with the help of social media, it has become easier. With the ability to connect with like minded people on various platforms, and with the use of videos to teach others how to learn your music, it is not only easier, but it has also become faster.

First, let me tell you a little about myself. I’ve always liked music, but I never considered becoming any type of musician until about the age of 17, when me and my friends at the time were getting into heavy metal ( this is around 1981–82). We kicked around the idea of getting into our own band, and I got “stuck” with being the bass player. Nothing came of that, but I did start listening more intently to the bass in songs I heard and was mentally preparing myself for the day I actually got a bass guitar. Then, two years later, a friend had a bass and combo amp ( amp and cabinet together) that he wanted to sell for cheap. I bought it and started to teach myself right away.

Leading up to this, I was reading guitar magazines and one article in particular stood out. It was in the July 1984 issue of Guitar World, an interview with the great Bill Laswell titled “Bass in the Twilight Zone” ( on the cover, the subtitle was “Bass Outer Limits”). The article struck a chord with me that has stayed ever since. Laswell explained during the interview that he and others were trying to push the envelope for bass guitar, from avante gard playing and recording techniques to wrapping ligature around the strings near the nut to produce unusual sounds and effects. He and his cohorts eshewed traditional bass playing, and that appealed to me very much.

At the time, there were incredible bass players that were doing awesome things, like Billy Sheehan and funk masters who were slapping and popping, and I said to myself, after reading the Laswell interview, that if I practiced real hard and learned all the rules and techniques then one day, I may be as good as some of these top tier players ( but probably never better than any of them). Or I could try to do what Laswell had explained, and push the envelope into the Twilight Zone, the outer realms of bassdom, so to speak. I never looked at another bass technique lesson book again…

Here I am, 33 years later, still doing what can only be termed as being a bass “heretic”. I don’t do blues scales, I don’t walk it, slap or pop it. I play with a very heavy pick. My neck action is on the high side, not low as it can go since I hit my strings aggressively and need that extra space. I hammer it, strangle it, squeeze it, bend it, whammy it and play through an array of modern effects…anything to produce the sounds I hear in my head…

Over the years, I’ve only been in a few original bands, with no real success, but I will say that playing original music live is one of the most fun things you can do. That alone is worth the effort. I have a good amount of songs and music I’ve written over the years, and I call my particular genre of music heavy hard driving space rock…

What’s “Space Rock” or “Heavy Hard Driving Space Rock”…?

Well, you start with a foundation of early to mid 70’s style heavy progressive ( prog) rock, add an equal amount of heavy metal and psychedelic rock, along with the newest effects. 
These are my favorite music genres, though I like the heavy end of most types of music, this is what I like to play.

Finally, I got the gumption to try and put together my own band.
More to come in Part 2…