Tell us a little bit about your past experience. Ever performed at Centre Stage?
While I am new to playing with Centre stage in particular, I have a bit of experience with musical reviews such as this production. Previously, I have played bass in the Johnny Cash-themed musical “Ring of Fire” and the “Forever Plaid”.
Tell us what it’s like to be playing such an iconic character! Were you intimated by it? Tell us what you did to prepare to play this character?
I am not specifically one of the people in the titular quartet, but I do have quite a challenge on my hands! Bassists are involved in many different forms of music and as such take on a variety of playing methods to better suit the band. This play has had me study a special “slap” technique in which the player hits the string with their palm and pulls it in rhythm to create a distinct rhythmic pattern that helps drive rockabilly tunes. I’ve actually had to buy a special soft set of strings because the ones I had were too rough on my hands while I was slapping the bass! Try and listen for my slap bass sound during the show.
Tell us about your favorite moment in the show!
My favorite moment in the show is anytime the music rocks hard! One of the great joys in music is taking part in something greater than oneself and it’s so exciting to hear the music coming to life. I think this cast makes a great team!
What do you do to get ready before a show? Any funny/weird superstitions?
One thing I do is practice my scales. It’s kind of a nerdy thing to do, but it helps me get a grasp of where the notes are and helps me relax. I’m also a huge fan of sweet drinks, so I like to grab an extra sweet iced tea or a Monster energy drink. Don’t worry about the Monster stressing me out; they actually seem to make me more mellow.
If you could sit down to have lunch with any of the guys from MDQ, who would it be and why?
For me, it’d probably be Johnny Cash. He strikes me as someone who was friendly and down-to-earth.
Anything else you’d like us to know?
I wouldn’t be upset if you brought me a sweet tea after the show!