Virtuoso bassist discusses designing amplifiers, signature bass and more in new video from Warwick Bass Camp
Exclusive video interview with FBPO’s Jon Liebman
April 6, 2015
A native of Sweden, Jonas Hellborg is a virtuoso bassist and composer, known for his fondness of jazz, Indian and experimental music. Throughout the course of his brilliant career, Hellborg has collaborated with the likes of John McLaughlin, Bill Laswell, Ginger Baker, Trilok Gurtu, Shawn Lane, V. Selvaganesh and many others.
FBPO’s Jon Liebman caught up with Jonas at the 2014 Warwick Bass Camp in Markneukirchen, Germany.
Watch our interview with Jonas!
Warwick was right next to GHS strings where I was at, at the NAMM show CA winter market, so I went over to try out some of their gear.
I liked a few of their basses, however, due to the (75 db-limit) ‘decibel police’ walking around. When I plugged in to the amp, I couldn’t really open her up loud enough to appreciate some of the finer aspects. I wasn’t really loud by any standards, but someone came over and asked me to turn down. Of course, many of the other booths had no issues with allowing some loud sounds to be played.
I wish I could have spent a little more time at Warwick. I like Jonas’ new design as well; that double cutaway reminds me of a bass that Gene Simmons played many years ago.
My hats off to Jonas and thanks for another great interview!