Markbass top artist Joe Dart interviewed on Muzikus.

Sept. 18, 2019, 4:28 p.m.

Here some excerpts from the interview about Joe's gear (translated in English):

Joe Dart, the extraordinary and groovy bass player of Vulfpeck.

What kind of amp do you use?
"I use Markbass amps. Since I started travelling with Vulfpeck we would rent different gear in different places because I didn’t own a big amp, I just owned a small practice amp. A lot of venues would provide an Ampeg or an Aguilar and they were fine but few times they provided Markbass and that was the time when I always loved the tone, I always loved the punch. And I said what’s the deal with this Markbass? Are they rare? Are they expensive? How do I get one of these? And I started looking around. And I think Markbass maybe saw me playing some of their amps and they reached up to me and said, you know we love your stuff, would you wanna be a Markbass artist? And I was like that’s the dream.
I’ve ultimately fell in love with their stuff. It’s very transparent, it’s warm, it’s punchy, but it doesn’t add ton of character, it doesn’t make it to fuzzy or griddy. It doesn’t make it too modern. It is like a nice transparent warm sound. And I use their tube amps but I mix between tube and solid state. Markbass have a tube and solid state mix knob on it. And I use it right in the middle. So you can get tube for a little bit of grid and warmth and solid state for nice clarity. And they are also very light.
So for me, my sponsorships right now happened to be truly my favorite companies so I am really lucky. It’s Music Man and Markbass. And I also play through a little tube DI by the company called Noble based in San Francisco."

Which Markbass exactly do you use?
"I generally use Little Mark Tube 800 head and the Standard 104HR, that’s a four by ten cabinet. But I’m gonna size up, I think I am gonna use eight by ten next year, just because we are playing bigger venues so I wanna have a little more headroom and push a little more air." 

How have you become a lover of the vintage sound of bass guitar?
"It’s because all of the bass players that I admire and I learned from, almost all of them, were playing in 1970s and 1960s. I fell in love with James Jamerson, Verdine White from Earth, Wind and Fire, Rocco Prestia from Tower of Power, Larry Graham and later Pino Palladino, Flea. I think all of them were either making music in a heyday of Fender, Music Man, Ampeg, just kind of we would define like a vintage bass sound in ’60s and ’70s, or they were sort of emulating that like in the case of Pino. So I never really got into the modern sound, even I admire Marcus Miller or Flea. I love these guys but the stuff that I really love is the vintage old school bass and old school tube amp and warm tape sound. And it’s also what Jack Stratton likes, the band leader of Vulfpeck."

>>> FULL INTERVIEW (in Czeck)

Thanks to Milan Janeček & Music Park.



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