How did your work with Witherfall come about?
I got an email from their engineer. He knew of my work from Allan Holdsworth and Virgil Donati. Ralph told me about the band and asked me if I would be willing to record for their album. I agreed, and when I got the music, I was digging the tracks from the start. There were no vocals, just guitar, and drums. I used my ears, and I approached the recording as if I were a part of the creative process of making the album. I did not want to record a simple bass track, but I wanted to get involved with the music, rhythm-wise, melodically, harmonically and lyrically. So I recorded a lot of intricate bass parts, and the band loved it.
How do you approach a project like this?
The way I approached this project was to just be myself. I have listened to a lot of metal and rock albums throughout my life to understand the dynamic, feel and approach that comes with recording this type of project. I did notice that the guitar player (Jake Dreyer) sounded a lot like Yngwie Malmsteen. I’m very familiar with Yngwie’s music, so I captured a lot of his elements in the Witherfall recordings.
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