Rex recently sat down with us to talk about his influences, playing bass (and guitar) and more on an episode of Ernie Ball: String Theory. Here are the top six things we learned during the episode, along with a timestamp for each segment so you can follow along.
#1 – Being the youngest in his extended family shaped his musical influences. (0:16)
#2 – John Paul Jones and Geezer Butler are his biggest bass influences (1:00)
Rex appreciates the bass approach in which the bass doesn’t “step on the vocal,” but locks in with the riffs and the drums. He says that John Paul and Geezer play in that style better than anybody else.
#3 – He believes that music is ultimately about the camaraderie with your fellow musicians (2:16)
#4 – His Cobalt Slinky bass strings are exactly what he needs for his playing style (3:59)
#5 – He’s working on a new solo record (4:44)
He moved to Nashville, TN about a year ago, and it’s brought focus into his life. He already feels at home, and doesn’t want to go anywhere else.
#6 – He feeds off the energy from fans (5:50)
Watch every episode of Ernie Ball: String Theory at our website, featuring such players as Kirk Hammett, Steve Vai, Don Felder and more. You can also enjoy some of the most popular songs Rex has played on in this Spotify playlist.
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