It’s a tough time for bass in pop music, with all the synths, 808s, and loops… is bass DEAD?
In this video we’re gonna check out the Top 10 off Spotify to see what people are listening to, and find out - is there any salvation for us bass players? Or should we just pack up our basses and call it a day?
I am going to try and wrap my head around the idea of cowboy 808. The 808 is just such an iconic kick drum sound for electronic music that I would probably trip and fall down if I heard it in a country song unprepared.
When I first glanced at my YouTube feed and saw a link to this video, I thought that Rick Beato was doing another Top 10 Spotify list. Then I looked more closely and saw the familiar orange color scheme.
I watched the video and while I was entertained, I also started to feel guilty. I felt even more guilty when I read this on our forum:
Time for a true confession. My fourth album, which came out in 2019, is titled
Western Twang Fusion. My double-digit YouTube and Spotify views were more influential than I previously thought. The seed was planted.
Two years later, I released my sixth album, Depth of Feel, which contained a track titled My Highway. Unbeknownst to me, this title was similar to a country song titled On My Highway.
There were a few negative reactions to my My Highway track from people who were looking for On My Highway. The combination of the Western Twang Fusion seed and the wrath of pissed off country fans must have lead to the weird cowboy 808 hybrid genre.
My sincere apologies.
However, on a more serious note, I am happy to say that I am playing real electric bass on most of the tracks on the forthcoming second album by the Bolsheviks of Madrid. Taking the B2B course and watching this video have added to the inspiration.
Man I feel for you there. That sounds no fun to have dealt with. (j/k)
For me it’s more of a mix of something I love (the 808’s drum sounds, synth bass, etc) with something I very much don’t (modern pop bro-country). It’s… probably the feeling fathers had when their daughter brought punk teenage me home to meet them.
Country can work for me. One of my favorite punk bands is Cowpunk. I think Johnny Cash is awesome. But it’s also fine to dislike genres. The vast majority of this forum would dislike some of my favorite genres. You just have to be ok with that if you want to venture very far.
What Cowpunk band is your favorite?
When I was in college, my friend Jason Ringenberg taught me how to do live sound for some of the bands he formed before he started Jason and the Scorchers.
I have said that music is like food. I’ll elaborate a bit.
Music is a lot like food. People taste food and have a taste in music. We need to eat and I feel that music is also a need.
People have favorite foods and favorite songs. Some have types of foods they don’t care for and some have styles of music they don’t care for. Even though there are favorites and dislikes in both food and music, taking in a variety is considered to be good for you.
I have also found that I have a greater appreciation for more types of music since I started playing bass.