DR. DAS ON POLITICS OF DUB BASS

Describe the politics you feel are inherent in dub bass.

It relates to the general attitude which states that bassists are just there to do a job and hold down the rhythm, whereas vocalists and guitarists are the ones responsible for serious expression. To me, the bass has always been just as emotive as any other instrument. Dub music proves that’s so because it represents an inversion of clichéd perspectives about bass. With dub, the bass line is the hook of the song and the guitar is often there backing it up. The bass line also offers a low frequency melody that carries the key emotional content. The challenge in being a dub bassist though is you’ve got to do all of that using as few notes as possible. However, your brief is the same as it is for any other instrument—ensuring how you feel about the world is reflected back into your playing.

From Dr. Das – The politics of dub bass
by Anil Prasad 2007.

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