Dennis Bradley
Model(s) Used: BTB
Band: Beneath the Massacre
Ibanez: The new album, "Dystopia", was just released. What was the recording process like for that album?
Dennis: Actually, it was pretty cool. We recorded about 7 hours north of where we live at the same place we recorded our first two CDs. It's pretty isolated, so it was great to really concentrate on the CD. I think we spent more time in the studio this time around.

Ibanez: Were there any things that you guys set out to do differently than the approach to "Mechanics of Dysfunction"?
Dennis: No, it was pretty much the same. The only thing that was different this time was that we recorded everything to a click. So this time it went really smooth and everything was a bit easier. It was easier to follow.

Ibanez: What do you think is the most important function of the bass in Beneath the Massacre?
Dennis: I don't know [laughs]. We only have one guitar player, so we put distortion on the bass now. So it fills out what we're missing with the guitar player. So I use a big distorted sound. It makes the music more punchy I think. I try to keep my share of the stuff pretty simple, too. The bass has more impact when it's not so complicated.

Ibanez: What made you decide on the Ibanez BTB as your bass of choice?
Dennis: I really like the feel of the bass. To be honest, the neck is incredible. It's so awesome to play on it. That's really the biggest thing that drew me to it. I've tried a lot of other basses, and the necks are just too big. It's all about feel. It's a very comfortable bass. The look is pretty cool, too.

Ibanez: Have you always played 6-string basses?
Dennis: I started out with 4-string basses, but I've been playing 6-string bass since I was 14 years old. The second bass that I ever got was a 6-string bass. I switched back to 4-string for a while, but when I joined Beneath the Massacre I switched back to 6-string. So I've been playing 6-string for about 8 years now. Some people ask me how I play on a neck that big, but I'm just used to it by now.

Ibanez: Do you have some favorite songs to play live in Beneath the Massacre?
Dennis: One of the new songs, "Our Common Grave", is a lot of fun to play live. It's crazy!

Ibanez: How does the writing process usually go for you guys?
Dennis: Our guitar player, Chris, writes most of the stuff. I usually help him arrange things after he brings in an idea. Elliot helps a lot with structuring the songs as well. Chris writes pretty much all the riffs, and I put bass riffs on top of those.

Ibanez: I know that you're on tour with Suicide Silence right now. Do you guys have some other tours lined up after that?
Dennis: We're going to be in Europe for about a month. Then, there should be a full US tour in February. After that, nothing is confirmed.

Ibanez: What are you currently listening to?
Dennis: I've been listening to a lot of hip-hop stuff and old punk rock. I like the new Gojira CD a lot. I've been listening to some Primus stuff and some bass oriented music, like Victor Wooten and Jaco Pastorius. I'll listen to pretty much anything. For more information on Dennis Bradley and Beneath the Massacre, visit their website @ www.beneaththemassacre.com



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