Swedish low-ender and passionate educator shares his love of the Kala U-Bass by way of videos, lessons, interviews and more!
Born into a musical family, Magnus Sjöquist played drums and trumpet as a child before discovering – and falling in love with – the bass. Magnus played in local rock bands in his native Sweden before embarking on a serious study of music. In 1996, he graduated from Sweden’s University of Orebro, earning a Masters of Fine Art in Music Education degree.
Upon reading a review of the Kala U-Bass and deciding he absolutely had to have one, Magnus contacted a store in Hawaii, where his parents were planning a trip, and convinced them to bring one home for him. Almost immediately after getting acquainted with the new instrument, he was hooked!
“Finding out about the Kala U-Bass was a nice surprise,” says Magnus. “Trying to find fresh new ways of expressing his music has always been important,” he continues. “The U-Bass is one of those fresh new instruments. It makes you look at music making in new and inspiring perspectives!”
Magnus was so taken with the instrument, he developed a blog solely for the purpose of teaching others how to play it. “This little bass is truly amazing,” remarks Magnus on his blog. “The sound is at least more than twice its size.” With his blog, Magnus is fulfilling his “quest” of making the U-Bass work in a variety of settings.
FBPO’s Jon Liebman caught up with Magnus at the Kala U-Bass booth at the 2017 winter NAMM show in Anaheim, CA.
Watch our interview with Magnus!
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FBPO interview with Bakithi Kumalo
The Story Behind the Kala U-Bass (FBPO feature)