Here are some excerpts from conversations I have had with singing bassists concerning the reasons they like to play bass and sing:
My choosing the bass was driven by the desire to convey my song ideas to the band.
The frequency and the sound of the bass are so important, its such an emotive frequency, the low-end, without people even being aware of it.
I love the bass-guitar as an instrument…. because I always think of all the parts in a piece of music. Its all happening at the same time for me….its quite a natural (choice of instrument).
-Royston Langdon, Singing-Bassist of Spacehog
Being a singing songwriting bass player is definitely a good place to get in the band, especially if you have some ideas that you want to impose on some other players, … its quite a position of power.
-Steve Kilbey, Singing-Bassist of The Church
Chris Ballew, Singing-Bassist from the Presidents of the United States of America, offers the following answers:
Royston Langdon, Singing-Bassist from Spacehog, offers the following advantages he sees in being a Singing-Bassist: