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The Eighth Note: Vince Plays Bass

We caught up with Vince Cabrera (AKA Vince Plays Bass) over the lockdown for a chat about his music.

Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
My name is Vince Cabrera. I am a solo acoustic bass guitarist. It sounds like a rather big acoustic guitar, I’m not into that Seinfeld thing. My family is from Argentina and I grew up listening to a lot of Argentine folk. And then got into punk and industrial music and ambient. People say my music sounds like little movie soundtracks.

What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
I am working on having a bigger sound. Moving away from acoustic and folk and more into ambience. Maybe having looped stuff in the background, like heartbeats and creaking wood and that sort of thing. I’m probably wishing I was in Nurse With Wound.

Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
Either on my Facebook page (doesn’t THAT sound quaint these days!) or on my Bandcamp.

What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
Heaps of things. I’m not even sure I’m all done growing up. This musical phase is heavily influenced by:
Ry Cooder – Paris, Texas
Leo Kottke – 6 & 12 String Guitar
Satie – Gymnopedies

Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
I’d love to gig with some post-rocksey or droney type band. I really like the singer/songwriter Annette Esquenet and The Shaman, Fredd Marshall, who loops his throat singing into amazing soundscapes.

What’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
Valhalla. Such a great place, so much heart.

In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
I just play and play and then… something just starts to come through. And then I keep playing, (like running and slamming into a wall) until the rest of it comes through.

Where/when is your next gig?
In this Covid 19 moment? Who knows?


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