"Don't die trying to sound like someone else"


033: Steve Jenkins

Hey all you cool cats and kittens, it’s Play It Like It’s Music. I’m Trevor, thanks for listening.

On Wednesday, the Day formerly known as April Fools’, music is not content! It’s connection.

Today on the show we have this man: Steve Jenkins. Bass player.

Steve gets us off to a great start by saying Music is “the power that we all draw upon, the way that we dance through life".” And there’s a lot more where it came from, coming right up.

Steve has played with a few of my heroes, was in Screaming Headless Torsos with Dave Fiuzynski and one of our previous guests, Daniel Sadownick from Ep # 013, he’s worked a bunch with Vernon Reid from Living Coulour. Bad ass.

I’m fascinated by watching really good players play, and he’s one of them. As we all sit at home trying to make use of the time and stay safe, some quality time with a quality player always goes down well.

Steve is part of the new wave of modern electric bass players. In addition to his mind-blowing technical prowess, his musicianship has allowed him to fit into a diverse range of musical situations that have run the gamut from face-melting prog-metal to experimental microtonal jazz-funk to dubbed-out electronica bass lines to classic sounding r&b grooves--sometimes all within the framework of one song. He also has a strong grasp of using effects and technology which makes him a true sonic force to be reckoned with.

This episode pairs well with Steve's album Coaxial Flutter, which is available on bandcamp. You'll also hear a bunch of his music while we're talking, as per usual. We get deep into the bass, the focus and single-mindedness required to survive as a bass player. Steve lives and dies by the choices he makes on the bass, so this is a good person to learn from.

I’m glad to have you here.

As usual we have one single ask: if you like the show, please tell someone about it. Don’t be a podcast hoarder!


Alright let’s say hi to Steve.

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Thanks for listening to Play It Like It’s Music. Thanks to Steve for spending some very generous time with us. You can find him at Steve Jenkins bass dot com as well as on Instagram @stevejenkins.

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We're all contending with a mutating professional landscape, jacked revenue streams, a potentially catastrophic global pandemic and a lot of noise out there in the culture.

But you gotta keep playing.

We don't draw any lines here between scenes or styles.

As always, thank you for listening and remember to play it like its music.

You can check out my music on bandcamp and other places. It’s all at my website, trevorexter.com. Sign the mailing list on substack to get this show sent right to you the very moment it comes out. Consider hiring me to score your piece, do some cello overdubs, produce your show or back you up onstage. Music is a beautiful thing and it makes the world go around.

Big love to your ears.


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