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This might surprise some of you. I'm releasing a single with Beyonce. (kidding) But seriously. I've never been obsessed by musical instruments or felt driven to master them. Sure, at times I've had to get over some technical hurdles (and still do) in order to make the music I want. As you may know, I mainly played bass in bands for a long time, and there are certain requirements and expectations placed on professional musicians. In a nutshell, you need to be able to play a few things well, or you won't get any gigs. So I learned to play a few things properly. When I started recording and releasing my own music in 2007, I had to perform live with the Stick, because it was the only way for me to get my music heard. But the music I was recording and hearing in my head was generally not "solo instrumental", and it still isn't. I ended up doing a lot of solo shows, and even got some festival gigs doing just that - being a "solo instrumentalist". While this did lead me to explore and learn more about my instrument (and undoubtedly made me a better player), it's never been what drives me. At times, I wish I'd felt the motivation to work on my technique for 10 hours a day. Like anyone who listens to and watches a lot of music, I'm often awestruck by the technical mastery and grace of musicians who have trained themselves to an extraordinary level. But for better or worse, that's not who I am. So while my instrument remains a constant companion, clearly in focus, it is still only a tool. Together, our search for the music continues. What are you looking for? (PHOTO: Chris Davies ca 2009). #betterwithmusic #nowplaying #bassplayer #guitarist #chapmanstick #musicislife #Adelaide  #talentedmusicians #guitarsdaily #musicianseekers #relaxation #yoga #chillout #applemusic #spotify #tidal #streetmusic #streetmusicians @bassplayermag @talented_musicians @eliteacoustics1 @shure @musicianseekers @bassplayunited @b.a.s.s.p.o.r.n @guitarsdaily @guitarporn @zoomaustralia @australianmusician @amazing_musicians @cityofadelaide

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