YYNOT bassist on Rush, KISS and sticking with music for the fun of it.
Exclusive video interview with FBPO’s Jon Liebman
February 25, 2019
By David Sands
Tim Starace is a bassist who’s part of a phenomenon called YYNOT. That’s the name of a progressive hard rock group that features himself, singer Rocky Kuner, guitarist Billy Alexander and drummer Joel Stevenett. YYNOT came together after Alexander, who’s had two Billboard-charting singles and appeared on 2016’s Grammy nomination ballot, was knocked off his feet by videos of Starace’s amazing RUSH bass covers. The two musicians began an online collaboration that later became YYNOT. The group, which creates original music and Rush covers, has been a hit online, racking up over two million hits on YouTube and drawing fans from all over the place to see their concerts. YYNOT released its self-titled debut album last June to enthusiastic reviews. The group, which performs sporadically around the U.S., will be playing several shows in New York and Pennsylvania this March.
FBPO’s Jon Liebman had an opportunity to speak with Tim about how he got his start snipping off strings from his brother’s guitar, Gene Simmons’ role in his musical education and YYNOT’s unlikely origin story during a meet-up at the 2019 Winter NAMM show in Anaheim California.
Watch our interview with Tim!