Six Feet Under bassist gives us the inside scoop on how Cliff Burton and Charles Mingus influenced him, recent albums and why he trusts Warwick for his seven-string basses
By David Sands
Known for his technical mastery and love of the seven string, Six Feet Under bassist Jeff Hughell has been a powerful force on the metal scene for more than 20 years.
The impressively bearded bass virtuoso got his start in the Bay area in the ’90s, playing with groups like Vengeance, Vile and Introspection of Power. He later went on to lend his powerful playing to a slew of other bands including Asylum, Osmium, Mauled by a Unicorn, Cryptoreum, Severed Savior, Rings of Saturn, Cyanic and Brain Drill.
Five years ago, Hughell joined Six Feet Under, replacing bassist Matt DeVries. He currently plays both bass and rhythm guitar and writes music for the group, which is one of the best-selling death metal acts of all time.
Beyond that, he’s also a member of Reciprocal, Feared and Skin the Lamb and has released three solo recordings: the EP I Came To Hate (2009) and the full-length albums Chaos Labyrinth (2013) and Trinidad Scorpion Hallucinations (2016).
FBPO’s Jon Liebman met up with Hughell not long ago for an engaging conversation at the World Headquarters of Warwick and Framus in Markneukirchen, Germany.
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