Jon Pold

Bassist Jon Pold of Jon Pold Syn­ergy turns the bass ‘On’… and up

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My band is based on as­sertive bass-lines, com­plex ar­range­ments and the telling of sto­ries. Ear­lier this year we re­leased our first full length al­bum, ON, which com­bines pro­gres­sive rock, melodic song lines and jazz-funk grooves. To me it’s a con­tin­u­ous ef­fort to write mean­ing­ful songs, with in­tri­cate ar­range­ments and mak­ing the bass both sup­port and lead the band. We’ve just fin­ished the first leg of a tour sup­port­ing the re­lease – and be­lieve it or not, our de­but con­certs con­sisted of two sold-out nights sup­port­ing the leg­endary Brit­funk band Level 42.

My dad is an ac­com­plished bass player and com­poser, so in­stru­ments were al­ways abun­dant in our house. I started play­ing pi­ano as a five-year-old, and sing­ing in a youth choir. As a teenager I loved Mark King’s bass play­ing, and de­cided that I wanted to learn all about the in­stru­ment. My first bass was my dad’s 1978 Mu­sic Man Sabre – he even­tu­ally gifted it to me for my 18th birth­day.

I’m now en­dorsed by Van­derkley am­pli­fi­ca­tion and AV basses, and I play what­ever fits the mu­sic. In JPS I mostly play a Ding­wall five-string be­cause of the tonal bal­ance and range it of­fers me, but I still have a soft spot for that first Mu­sic Man of mine, and I also adore the tone and dy­nam­ics of my AV basses. My Jazz bass is an ab­so­lute beast for palm-muted stuff, and I also re­cently started play­ing a Chap­man Stick live.

Like my he­roes Tony Levin, Stan­ley Clarke, Mar­cus Miller, Chris Squire and John Paul Jones, al­ways be pre­pared and mind­ful when re­hears­ing, but al­ways play with con­vic­tion. It’s im­por­tant to prac­tise and lis­ten to a lot of dif­fer­ent gen­res. Try to be able to groove bass-lines in half and

dou­ble tempo. Learn your fret­board and har­monies. For the first year of play­ing bass I stuck to a sched­ule where I played songs I knew – blind­folded!.

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