Last night was stellar! I’ve been getting incredible enthusiastic thank-you’s from all the people I convinced to come down. Here’s a sneak peek of some of what you missed, (but wait, there’s more). There’s one more chance, though! Not all hope is lost!
Tonight! One night only! The Railway Club, doors at seven, show at eight!
Mike Silverman is a man of many talents. Beginning his career as a classically-trained upright bassist, he has long since become an individual orchestra, performing a multitude of concise and elaborate sounds with two hands and two feet. Based in Berkeley, Silverman is a fixture on the live music circuit. Armed with the magic pipe (you have to see it to understand), That 1 Guy is undoubtedly one of the most unique and innovative musical acts around. Jambands.com had the pleasure with catching up with Silverman the day before his spring tour commenced to discuss all things That 1 Guy.
Tell us a little bit about your musical background. Where did it all start?
My father was a professional jazz bass player in the 60’s-70’s. By the time I was born; he had changed careers and put his upright bass in the closet. When I was old enough to find it, he was about to plant ferns in it out in the back yard as part of the landscaping (true story). I told him that I wanted to play it. He was just happy to see it getting some use. He was also my first teacher. I got into jazz and classical early on, at about 10 years old. Then rock, funk, punk, blues, etc. My dad always told me that if I played bass, I’d always be in demand because “no one played bass, but everyone needs a bass player”. He was right. By the time I learned where a few of the notes were, I was already in 5 bands, and it never really slowed down for years. That is of course until I quit all my bands to play by myself. Then I invented this other instrument out of steel pipes and don’t play bass anymore at all. Boy, that story has a strange ending. What was the question again?
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