What is the outcome of a search of Henny and his son Xander Vrienten, two generations of bassists, to the magic of the bass guitar and the soul of the bass player? Are the bassists and their instruments have changed over the years, or is it still happening always down to ‘grooves’?
Henny Vrienten and his son Xander share an unconditional love for one instrument, an underestimated instrument: the bass guitar. Bass guitarists are in the shadow, next to the drummer. Nobody notices them until they stop playing. Henny is an a-typical bass player. He is at the front of the stage, his bass parts dictate the sound of the band and are now part of the Dutch cultural heritage. Xander is a bass player the band of Jett Rebel. He is standing at the back of the stage, next to the drummer. Henny and Xander differ in their love for the same. Driven by their passion they go looking to the magic of the bass guitar and the soul of the bass player. They visit old and young Dutch bassists Herman Deinum (71), Rinus Gerritsen (71), Michel van Schie (59), Glen Gaddum jr (35), Gino Cochise (27) and father and daughter Hein (59) and Jasja Offermans. Are they still the boys who could not play guitar well enough, or did they find themselves there? a shift has taken place between generations?
Q&A with Xander Vrienten
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