As the bassist for Jools Holland’s band for over two decades, Dave Swift is likely the U.K.’s best-known bassist. He has performed with an astonishing array of artists, including:
- Paul Simon
- Eric Clapton
- Paul McCartney
- Chaka Kahn
- Smokey Robinson
The list goes on and on!
He and I got a chance to sit down over Skype earlier this fall and dig into all sorts of fascinating topics like:
- how Dave transcribes the songs he performs with Jools
- why people call Dave an “industrial” bassist
- learning a tune in front of Amy Winehouse
- being impressive versus truly moving someone musically
- life on the road and in the studio
- crazy gig stories like playing with Smokey Robinson and Eric Clapton without a rehearsal!
Dave is a great guy and is such a fun person to chat with! He recently redesigned his website, so be sure to dig into everything that he’s up to there. Check out Dave’s amazing bass collection below:
Links to check out:
- Dave’s website
- Dave’s appearance on the Lean Musician Podcast
- Later… with Jools Holland (YouTube channel)
- Scott Devine interviewing Dave Swift (YouTube)
- list of all the artists with which Dave has played (it’s a huge list!)
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