From the February 2001 issue of Bass Player Magazine – the strapline on the cover was “The Future Of Bass – Fearless Forecasts From 40 Pros” – of which I was one.
Here’s the last paragraph of what I wrote: “As the major labels focus their attention on an increasingly vapid and temporal bunch of faceless clothes horses, the Net will open up more and more channels for heartfelt independent original music”.
…I guessed right
[I was also right about the first half – the number of records made by bassists that transcend any nonsense idea of being ‘bass albums’ is going up every year. So many great bass players are now making amazing music, regardless of the instrument fetish predilections of the listener – Julie Slick, Janek Gwizdala, Matthew Garrison, Squarepusher, Trip Wamsley, Michael Manring, Jeff Schmidt, Jonas Hellborg... all making truly amazing music centred around their bass, but not bound by any preconceived notions of ‘bassness’ – it’s just a voice through which to communicate. Long may it continue ]by