Fredrik of The Satellite Circle
So give me some background history (married, where from, what beer do you prefer? etc.)
I'm from Umea, Sweden. 26 years old and not married yet. I drink most
How long have you been playing bass? What made you start?
What kind of bass and amps do you use, and why?
Have you come to a point where you can request any gear you want (amps, guitars, etc.) any sponsorships? You know does Rickenbacker offer any equipment yet?
I haven't been approached with any offers at this point.
How do you write your music on bass or guitar or what?
Mostly on bass. I play some guitar too, it's easier to write Hendrixy
What is the average time it takes you to write a song, from beginning to wnd?
The best ideas seem to develop real fast and without much planning. Parts that sound "written" feels too stiff. We all bring little bits and pieces and write during jams. Someone comes up with a riff, someone else has a melodic piece to put next to that in order to create dynamics, lyrics are improvised and so on. The tunes takes shape gradually.
What bands have you been in? What band would you say you sound most like?
I have been in three or four bands, none of them important enough to be mentioned! I guess early Black Sabbath is the band that The Satellite Circle sounds most like at the moment.
Do you try to make your bass lines really tough for every song or do you go with simple sometimes?
I like a combination. A good riff is a simple one. But, a bunch of simple unison riffs doesn't make a good tune, or a good album. I like to have parts with contrapuntal bass lines, chords and fills in between the riffs to make the music more dynamic. If an album is heavy all the way through, like most doom or metal albums are, the heavy mood gets lost. It goes unnoticed after a while. Also, in a power trio like The Satellite Circle, I can't just ride the E when the guitar goes into a solo. Those situations requires more playing on both bass and drums.
Never. I use one for guitar but not on bass. I would sound like a Phil Lynnot with dead strings. But, I like Roger Glovers playing. Besides, when I started out, Steve Harris and Cliff Burton were considered as the coolest role models a metal bassist could have.
I drink a few beers. That's it.
Knowing that I'm the coolest looking character on stage is the best thing. The worst thing is that the sound men is always mixing the bass low at shows. It makes me paranoid. I hate their line boxes.
Playing a lot for many years makes me know what works in different situations. It took me a long time to find my own sound , but now I know what I'm after so that isn't much of a problem anymore. I don't think my band mates gives a shit about bass sounds. As long as I'm not to far of the mark anyway.
Who's your favorite bass player and band?
Hard to tell, there's so many of them. Right now it's John Entwisle from The Who.
What cd's are in your cd player right now?
Iron Maiden - Live After Death
Last question, what does a bass player want for Christmas?
A ´64 Gibson Thunderbird II.