Luke Vajsar bassist. Congratulate on your music, and your style of bassguitar! The bassguitar is a very heavy instrument! I have to say, you are one of the best guitarists who can able to give me his fantastic play to my world of music! Luke, please, say something about yourself!
Thanks Udy, I appreciate it. I’m a solo bassist from Toronto. I have recorded twelve albums to date with “Adventure” being my latest. I play my music often through a loop pedal to create a one-man-band kind of sound. I love the idea of being able to create an entire song with many parts on one instrument. Looping has been around for a while and there is so much you can do with it so it’s exciting thing to work with. I play with my brother Andrew often as well. He’s a percussionist who travels often, but when he’s around he joins me on stage and adds greatly to the sound. I also play in drum n’ bass rock band called “Codex”.
When did you meet the instrument? There is the bassguitar exclusively?
I started playing guitar when I was about 10 years old. My grandpa showed me few chords and songs and I got really into it and kept playing till I was about 15. When I was 15 I met some people that were starting a band and needed a bass player. I bought an old bass made by Peavey off a class mate who is a good friend of mine to this date for 75 dollars. The band didn’t last too long but I played the bass ever since. I loved the tone range and decided to make it my main instrument. I also played the trombone for about 10 years during the time I was going to school. When I started going to university I couldn’t find time anymore to keep everything going so I just stuck with the bass.
Who did you get the inspiration from?
My parents played lots of music around the house when I was growing up. Jimi Hendrix was my favourite. I was obsessed with his music when I was a kid, I had posters of him in my room and all his music. Stevie Ray Vaughan was one of my favourites as well. Hendrix and Stevie were so powerful and to me they really stood out from the pack. When you see them perform you really feel their presence and that they really live through the music. In high school I started listening to jazz and funk, blues and then experimental music. There are so many greats in those genres. I love John Coltrane, John Lee Hooker, Charlie Parker, John Zorn, Bobby Mcferrin, Morphine, Blue Mitchell, Fela Kuti, Nina Simone, Sandy Bull, John Fahey just to name a few. I listen to so much music now in every single genre. I get tired of albums pretty quickly so I’m constantly searching for new music. When I find something I love I keep listening to it over and over till I get tired of it and then look for something new. I love it. Nothing is better for song writing than feeling inspired. You can have barely any skill, but if you feel inspired or emotional you can create something beautiful with ease. Film music is very inspirational as well, I love old western films like Sergio Leone’s and music by Ennio Morricone. I love the emotion you can get from a heroic scene mixed with powerful music. Old Japanese films are great for this atmosphere as well like Masaru Sato’s music in Yojimbo.
Luke could you show me your riggs?
- Bass:Zon Sonus 5/2 ( that means 5 strings and 2 pick-ups).
- Amp(Smaller Venues): Gallien Krueger MB112 – It’s a very light amp 23lbs I think so it’s easy to carry around.
- Amp(Bigger Venues): Ampeg SVT-3 Pro pre-amp with SVT 410HE 500Watt cabinet.
- Pedal Board: Pedaltrain 2 pedal board.
- Pedals: RC 20XL Loop Station, DE7 Delay/Echo Ibanez Pedal, Bass Chorus CEB-3 by Boss, Bass Synthesizer SYB-5 by Boss, The Hyperion Fuzz Pedal by Devi Ever, Morley Pro Series II Bass Wah pedal.
- Accessories: Steel and Glass slides.
Where did you find the style of your own?
My style took a while to develop. It took me a while to get used to using the loop pedal. One thing with the loop pedal is that it’s easy to make boring music so you need to figure out ways to make the tracks feel fresh when there is so much repetition. I did my first solo album in 2001 without a looper and my first album with a looper was in 2006(album called “In the Loop”). From 2006 to 2010 I have recorded close to ten solo bass albums. I tried to make every album different so some are a lot more experimental than others and some more melodic and groovy. The experimental music helped me really get to know the different tones you can get out of the bass because you’re constantly trying to create strange sounds like when you scratch strings or pull on them very aggressively or play very mellow and ambient. The melodic music that was born through my inspirations after a while started to develop bit into my sound. I started learning what I like and how to move energy throughout the tracks. I try not to think about it too much, but I do listen to my music often and try to pick up on what sounds good and where the atmosphere is strong. After you do this for a while your sound starts to develop because through this process you are keeping yourself inspired from your own sounds and you develop the things you like about your music.
I think the present is very important, but the next step could be more interested! Okay, please, say about your plan!
I try to stay in the present as much as I can, because if you’re in the present your energy is where it’s supposed to and like you say it is very important. I believe that if you put lots of work into your art that is all that matters. Just keep moving. I have recorded lots of music at home, but now I am slowing down a little bit with recording, because I would like to only record in proper studios. My last album “Adventure”was recorded properly with a great team for mixing and mastering and I would like to keep this recording quality up, but it’s costly and lengthy process so it will move little more slowly. I plan on releasing one album a year now, but we’ll see I may do some live recordings as well. Playing live is my main focus now. I try to play as much as I can. When you play live you become better at everything and hopefully build your audience during the process. Next year I would love to do a tour. I am almost at a point where I would like to be with my material and sound and then I will make touring my priority. With touring I can push the music to other places with a live experience, not just internet. There is so much that needs to be done when you’re playing live, promoting and recording so practicing to live in the present is important otherwise you end up running around like a chicken with his head cut off.
Luke Vajsar website: www.lukevajsar.com
and more music: www.soundcloud.com/lukevajsar/sets/luke-vajsar-adventure
Luke, thank you very much this great interwiev, and I am very lucky man that I make it with you! Have great time!!
Udvardy (Udy) Zsolt