Interview with Darin DePaolo of IANTH
QRD – What was your first bass & what happened to it?
Darin – Freshwater large mouth….. I released it.
QRD – What’s your typical set-up from bass to effects to amplifier?
Darin – Bass to amp, no effects.
QRD – What’s the most important part of your rig – bass, amplifier, or effects?
Darin – Bass… amp & effects don’t work without it.
QRD – What’s your main amplifier & why?
Darin – Always been a fan of Gallien Krueger. It’s fun to say… “Gallien Krueger.”
QRD – Do you prefer upright or electric bass?
Darin – Electric bass.
QRD – Do you prefer to use a pick, fingers, or a bow?
Darin – Finger… pick only for fast playing.
QRD – How many strings do you think a bass should have?
Darin – SIX.
QRD – Why do you play bass instead of guitar?
Darin – That is a trick question, a bass can be a guitar.
QRD – How is a bass different than a guitar other than being lower in pitch?
Darin – Thicker strings.
QRD – What’s your main bass & what are the features that make it such?
Darin – Left-handed, Carvin, 5 string, fretless, it looks cool.
QRD – What do you think of the thumb rests on some basses?
Darin – I like it, I play a five string just so I can rest my thumb on the top string because it doesn’t have a real thumb rest.
QRD – If you had a signature bass, what would it look like & what would some of its features be?
Darin – It would be exclusively left-handed & have built in wireless.
QRD – If you had a signature pedal, what would it be & what would some of its features be?
Darin – I would call it a gas pedal & it would be a sustain &/or whammy bar effect.
QRD – How many basses do you own?
Darin – Three.
QRD – How & where do you store your basses?
Darin – Two in cases & one as décor.
QRD – What features do you look for when buying a bass?
Darin – Left-handed.
QRD – How much do you think a good bass should cost?
Darin – $1,000.
QRD – Do you upgrade & customize your bass or just stick with what you get?
Darin – Do better quality strings count as an upgrade?
QRD – Are you after one particular bass tone & locking into it, or do you like to change your tone around a lot?
Darin – I am only worried about one tone at the moment.
QRD – What are some basses, amps, & pedals you particularly lust after?
Darin – I do not lust after any material possessions.
QRD – What do you think are some important features to be on a person’s first bass that aren’t always there?
Darin – Autopilot.
QRD – What have been the best & worst bass related purchases you’ve made?
Darin – I bought a beverage holder to attach to my mic stand.
QRD – What are some effect, amp, & bass brands you particularly like or dis-like & why?
Darin – I simultaneously like & hate all brands.
QRD – What’s the first thing you play when you pick up a bass?
Darin – “Smoke on the Water.”
QRD – How old were you when you started playing bass?
Darin – Twenty-eight.
QRD – At what age do you think you leveled up to your best bass playing?
Darin – Still waiting after 12 years.
QRD – Do you feel bass lines should echo & emphasize guitar & drum parts or be their own distinct elements?
Darin – Depends on the song.
QRD – Would you rather people hear or feel your bass?
Darin – Depends on the people, I would like some people to feel my bass up along the side of their head.
QRD – Why do you think a bass fits you more so than other instruments?
Darin – I look gay playing the triangle.
QRD – Do you see your bass as your ally or adversary in making music?
Darin – Both.
QRD – Who are the bassists that most influenced your playing & sound?
Darin – I don’t like to insult my influences by mentioning them.
QRD – Do you think people anthropomorphizing their bass is natural or silly (e.g. naming their bass)?
Darin – I say “natural,” but my bass says “silly.”
QRD – What’s the most physical damage you’ve done to a bass & how did you do it?
Darin – Ripped its lip when removing the hook.
QRD – What do you do to practice other than simply playing?
Darin – Guitar Hero.
QRD – How many hours a week do you play bass & how many hours would you like to?
Darin – SIX & FIVE.
QRD – What gauge strings do you use & why?
Darin – I forgot.
QRD – How often do you change strings?
Darin – Not often enough.
QRD – How often do you break strings?
Darin – Never.
QRD – Which do you feel is more proficient, your strumming/bowing hand or fretting hand & how does that effect your style?
Darin – Fret, makes me not sound so bad.
QRD – What tunings do you use & why?
Darin – Normal, don’t know any different.
QRD – Do you prefer tablature, sheet music, or some other notation system for writing down your own ideas?
Darin – Etch-a-sketch.
QRD – What’s a bad habit in your playing you wish you could break?
Darin – Playing bad.
QRD – Playing what other instrument do you think can most help someone’s bass playing?
Darin – Drumming.
QRD – What’s a type of bass playing you wish you could do that you can’t?
Darin – Upright bass playing.
QRD – What’s a bass goal you’ve never accomplished?
Darin – Playing good.
QRD – What’s the last bass trick you learned?
Darin – I don’t do tricks, I do illusions.
QRD – Did you ever take bass lessons & if so, what did you learn from them?
Darin – NO.
QRD – What would you teach someone in a bass lesson that you don’t think they would generally get from a bass teacher?
Darin – How to use your bass as a makeshift parachute.
QRD – What’s something someone would have to do to emulate your style?
Darin – Bash there hands with a hammer.
QRD – If a band has good bass work, can you ignore the rest of the band not being good?
Darin – My lawyer advised me not to answer this question.
QRD – What famous musician’s bass would you like to own & why?
Darin – Cliff Burton…. I like cliché answers.
QRD – Who do you think is currently the most innovative bass player & why?
Darin – I don’t pay attention to current musicians.
QRD – Where can people hear your best bass work?
Darin – In my dreams.