Q: Your MySpace page mentions upright bass and playing in a chamber music ensemble as being some early experiences. Were those initial musical formative for your later playing , or did you just decide it would be easier to get girls by playing electric bass?
A: i originally wanted to play sax but had braces. so they said strings only......so i picked the largest one the double bass. started in sixth grade. got my first bass gtr a year later. couldn't stop playing either one. its a great feeling having this huge instrument resonating these low notes next to your soul. truly magic. loved bowing them out like a great fog horn, real power and thunder. then i got tired of lugging it around....lol. it built up my fingers and made me approach the bass gtr from a different perspective. i was technically a better bassist then in the seventh grade then i am now........lol oh what we forget.
Q: Everybody asks stuff like this, but who were some of your early bass influences?
A: jaco, john paul jones, jerry jemmot, chuch rainey, james jamerson, bob daisley, raven, cliff williams, ian hill, steve harris and sting.
Q: You're resume has an impressive variety of different artists on it- (B.B. King, Bo Didley, the Temptations, the Four Tops, etc, not to mention Lynch and your current work with Ace Frehley), as well as production, engineering and/or mixing work (Dee Dee and Marky Ramone, The Misfits) and a ton of tribute albums (The White Stripes, Tool, Incubus). How do you approach such different projects and doesn't this all get confusing?!
A: its all just music, good is good and its important to trust your instincts and be in the moment and have fun.
Q: For the aspiring musicians and bass players out there, what do you think are some of the most important things to work on before getting into the band scene?
A: practice to a metronome. the difference between a pro and an amateur is tone and pocket.
Q: Are there any bass players (or for that matter, bands in general) that you're into these days?
A: same as above
Q: Jaco Pastorius, Billy Sheehan and Jeff
Berlin get into a cage match. Who wins?
A: jaco.........even though he has passed.
Q: Ace has been promising a new solo album for a long time. Do we have another 'Chinese Democracy' on our hands?
A: no way. its almost finished. should wrap it up in august.
Q: What's the smallest crowd and the largest crowd you've played in front of?
A: 5 people at a pure13 gig.......lol 45k with ace in sweden rocks last month
Q: Do either affect your playing style?
A: nope but i do prefer smaller shows oversold out with the crowd right on top of you. really sweaty and intense. no place to hide, they hear everything and see everything. i think it rocks more.
Q: What's your take on the whole 80s revival and reunion tours that have attacked us from out of nowhere?
A: i think it exists because new music sucks. no one has come along to get people truly excited. music is in a pathetic state right now. i am sad for my son. hes got no one representing his voice. he listens to floyd and zep because new bands suck. i feel lucky to grow up when i did. rock killed in the seventies and eighties, and i loved punk rock and jazz from that era. everything now is homogenized and safe and sterile. labels suck, radio sucks and the people lose out. its fucking pathetic.
Q: Best Lynch Mob drummer? Best Mob vocalist?
A: there is only one lynch mob drummer....mick brown. oni and robert both have their strengths and weaknesses, i love them both as friends and bandmates. i would play with either if they asked.
Q: What was it like recording "Made In USA" with AntiProduct at your Studio?
A: it was insane. we slept in the studio, recorded 16 hours a day, showered at a local ymca. we did like 30 tracks of just background vocals on each song. i think the mixes suck. we cut it on analog, 24 track two inch, so i kept bouncing and bouncing. alex took it back to england and went to protools which always fucks up the sound. he truly is a genuis, alex has a million ideas in his head and jams them into every song. he is borderline insane in a great creative way. its like the ideas are gnawing at his brain until he gets them out onto tape. i loved working with him but the recording process was so intense it kind of soured our relationship. he surprised me by telling me when he landed in nyc that he fired his bassist, so low and behold i had to play on the 15 songs. there are like 20 parts in each song........so i learned and tracked them in one day........lol. i love that disc, except for the mixes. its ashame no one heard it. it couldve made them successful.
Q: In an interview, you mentioned running a recording studio. How did you learn to do that, by taking classes or just hands-on experience from recording sessions you were on?
A: i learn by doing. i ask questions, watch engineers who came in and used the gear and i read audio books like they were the bible. the best engineers always say trust your ears and make the cool elements the loudest.
Q: You used to date Melissa McKnight who has since married Matt LeBlanc of "Friends". Do you find that you're often the pinnacle of a woman's expereince before they settle for less?
A:lol.....very funny. i was married to her for seven years and we have two amazing kids. it was all my fault it failed. i am with my soulmate now, cheree, i will be married again in the next year. sometimes life puts you in positions to learn and grow. i think i did that with my first marraige and am a better person for it today. but i do have the most amazing children and can truly give myself totally to my new bride now.
Q: If you had the time on your schedule and George called you up to do something as Lynch Mob, what would you think and what would you do?
A: i would think why?? whats his motive?? and how am i going to get fucked over this time??
Q: What gear are you using these days and how has your rig progressed from when you 1st started playing 'pro'? For all the gearheads on our board, can you tell us about your basses and your live rig?
A: i still have the lynch mob kubicki......the one i used for every live show and recording. i have a 2-62 reissue black pbasses that i use on all the ace shows i have a 77 black pbass that rocks for gtrs i have a tele, strat, les paul classic, dean cadillac, gretsch astrojet all black of course and a 76 gibson hummingbird my bass rig for live is 6 svt 8x10s which four are on powered by three 1970 linden nj ampeg svt's i use only dean markley blue steels 105-50 as i have since 1989 i go through a demeter tube bass di ive alway used fender-ampeg-dean markley.....why fuck with the wheel?
Q: Have you heard Robert Mason's new band, 'Big Cock'? If so, what do you think?
A: it sounded like he was having fun
Q: How much was your largest music-related check and what did you blow it on?
A: lol they are never as big as you think.
Q: Pick the 3 best 'high points' in your career so far?
A: wicked sensation, playing with ace and being in a band with marky and dee dee ramone.
Q: It sounds like you're having a blast on the road with Ace. Tell us why he was (and is) the coolest member of KISS.
A: because he is a musician. he decides everything as a musician not a rock star. he loves to play gtr and is one of my closest friends. we just rde motorcycles together and hang out when we are not playing. he truly is a special person. i am honored to be able to call him my friend.
Q: What bassists do you look to for inspiration?
A: jaco, john paul jones, jerry jemmot, chuch rainey, james jamerson bob daisley, raven and my horse luka.
Q: Macabre Ent says George Lynch still owes him an ESP M1 Tiger that was promised. What does George still owe you?
A: 1/3rd of everything lynch mob made from 1992-2008. i have never gotten a check from mr lynch. unless i was there when the money was coming in to collect it.
Q: What the best KISS-related story that you've heard from Ace?
A: lol he never really talks about that stuff. he just says you know the stories, they are all true and then some.
Q: Wild Mick Brown has quite the reputation as a hard-partying guy. Ted Nugent does not. Would you have expected that to last as long as it has?
A: mick is a pro and never acts anything less. he is a rock and a person you can always count on. why wouldnt uncle ted love playing with him.
Q; Has Ace ever caught an episode of 'Family Jewels' and said "What the fuck?!"
A: we dont really talk about that crap. i was sitting next to him when he got asked to roast gene. they told him they would write all his lines and have the final edit control. he said thats not a roast then and said he would do it for a million bucks, which was his way of saying no thanks as we are all aware of genes frugality.
Q: We've heard you signed over your share of the Lynch Mob name. Can you explain the situation and what prompted you to make that choice?
A: what name........george dragged that thing through shit from smoke this on. i did however sort of do it on the last revolution debacle. he can have it. lynch mob was over and done in 1993 in my eyes. cause he couldnt keep focused on a singer. he wanted to fire robert and hire ray gillen or glen hughes. ray laughed and glen was wrong. i said you have one of two moves......keep robert and write a new record or get oni back or i am out of here. it looked like his dokken side project everytime we changed singers and everytime we did interviews the question "when are you going back to dokken came up" i joined a band not a side project. he wanted another singer not robert or oni, so i split. end of story......no focus
Q: Who has the best bass tone you've ever heard? Who has the worst?
A: i love doug pinnick and cliff williams for rock. billy sheehans tone just bothers me.
Q: What's a revelation about your time as part of Lynch Mob that you've never shared anyone before?
A: it was surreal. i was way young. i played on wicked when i was 22. i wish i was more business savvy then. i think i couldve saved it.
Q: Finally, what can we be expecting from Ant over the next year?
A: me falling off my horse, wedding bells and the greatest ace frehley solo album ever..........it will be a great year. anthony esposito
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