Ex-Mars Volta bassist on her new EP and what she learned from John Entwistle
Exclusive video interview with FBPO’s Jon Liebman
March 2, 2020
By David Sands
Eva Gardner’s catchy basslines can be heard on pop and rock stations all over the radio dial. Throughout the years, the Los Angeles native has played with the likes of Gwen Stefani, Veruca Salt, Pink, Tegan & Sara, Moby and Cher. Beyond that, she’s also held down the low notes for the original incarnation of The Mars Volta and co-founded the rock bands Telstar and Lyra.
The daughter of English bassist Kim Gardner (best known for his work with the British Invasion group The Creation), Gardner grew up in an environment filled with music. During her high school years, she studied at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, where she played in a Latin jazz band. From there, she went on to attend UCLA, eventually graduating with honors with a degree in ethnomusicology. In 2014, Gardner became the first female artist to issue her own signature bass with Fender. She released her first solo EP, Chasing Ghosts, last year.
During this year’s Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, California, FBPO’s Jon Liebman got a chance to meet with Gardner and hear about her musical upbringing, new EP and the encouragement she got as a young bassist from John Entwistle.
Watch our interview with Eva!
See Jon’s blog, with key takeaways from this interview, here.
Eva Gardner’s new solo EP, Chasing Ghosts, is available here: