LM004 Dave Swift Bass

LM004 Dave Swift – Bass

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Dave Swift has a big CV.

Adele..? Amy Winehouse? Know them? ..Chaka Khan, Paul Simon, BB King, George Benson… ‘The Beatles’?.

For the last three decades, Dave has been the main bass man for Jools Holland. In this interview we hear about how Dave started out, we hear about his journey to becoming a well rounded musician, his early years with Jools, all the experiences with the band & we talk a load about education.

Above all, there’s one quote or message that I took away from the podcast & it’s directly hinted at the excerpt at the beginning of the podcast. Often the study of music – whether through education or not – can all too easily become an academic affair – in other words, our effort to study and intellectualise music actually works against us. In this amazing interview, Dave reminds us how important it is to “go to the source” with music – in other words, don’t study things around music, or books etc… but listen, transcribe, assimilate – and then go do your own thing. It’s amazing and deceptively simple advice.

I was inspired by this interview & I hope you will be too. Dave’s a great man with a wonderful approach to life. It’s a long interview but I hope you can stick through it – as there’s plenty of Gems in there. :)

As always, get in touch if you’re enjoying the podcast – we’d love to hear from for whatever reason – whether just to say hi.

Quotes from the interview

“Listen more than you play” – Dave Swift

“Go to the source” – Dave Swift

“Imitate, Assimilate, Innovate” – Clark Terry

What you will learn about in this Episode

  • How Dave got started in music
  • How Dave became a well-rounded musician
  • What it takes to be a successful session musician
  • The importance of having a mental repertoire
  • The dangers of focussing solely on technique
  • The value of listening & the importance of using your ears in music
  • How fake-books used to be ILLEGAL!
  • The value of throwing yourself into the deep end before your ready
  • Dave’s huge library of transcriptions
  • The value in mistakes
  • Dave’s long career with Jools Holland and all the musicians he’s collaborated with
  • Why it’s good to not care too much when you perform & focus on enjoying what you are doing
  • Dave’s method for practicing a new piece

Links & Items Mentioned in this Episode

Music Mentioned in this Episode

  • Joni Mitchell
  • Glen Millar
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Cream
  • The Sound of Music
  • Earth Wind and Fire
  • Pino Palladino
  • Julian Arguelles
  • Jaco Pastorius
  • Weather Report
  • Clark Terry
  • Jimmy Blanton
  • Michael Moore
  • Bill Evans
  • Dave Brubeck
  • Jools Holland
  • Return to Forever
  • Chick Corea
  • Adele
  • Amy Winehouse
  • Eric Clapton
  • BB King
  • The Rolling Stones
  • Anthony Jackson
  • Hiromi
  • Scott Lafaro
  • Charlie Haden