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I'm a creative person who is rather proficient on the electric bass and upright bass. My electric bass playing is vastly influenced but I am always searching for what best fits a musical idea, but I do consider it my primary instrument. I am a good upright player too I just haven't played it as long as electric, but I've played lots of blues, rock, country, and lots of classical on it.
I can play guitar and piano well, I've taken the time over the years because I really love playing those instruments. My chops are up on all these instruments which lets me work creatively on them, not that you need great chops to work creatively I have seen technical prowess actually hinder people before. That being said I do not let it hinder me!
I'd like to mention that if you are a creative person with an ambition to make creative music that I don't care what your skill level is, that isn't important to me.
I write lots of lyrics and have great ideas for anyone interested in working together, I am saving up for a little portable multi-tracker but do not have one yet unfortunately.
I like a lot of different types of music and would like to really blur the lines of influence with whatever project comes up, and I think I fall into the tongue in cheek/dark humor with music sometimes, but I'm very serious and extremely passionate about creating new music. I am not at all opposed to joining up with someone who is interested in a specific genre! I like music/lyrics that is/are straight-forward, serious, fantastical, non-sense, funny, percussive, emotional close to the heart. Just nothing too sappy and nothing too generic please.
If this too long description is misleading or doesn't make a lot of sense( quite possible) please just email me to clear up anything you might be wondering, even little stuff I don't mind.

Also check me out on Soundcloud.com under the name Howard.C.Cripplin!

I usually respond very quickly to any emails.

Screen name:
Member since:
Jan 06 2013
Active over 1 month ago
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years playing music:


To name a few that come to mind:

ROCK: Sonic Youth, The Doors, Meat Puppets, Deep Purple, The White Stripes, Captain Beefheart/Frank Zappa, Roy Orbison, Pink Floyd(all of it), Tom Waits, Modest Mouse, Jefferson Airplane, Radiohead, Elvis Presley, Emerson Lake and Palmer, The Breeders/Pixies, Weezer, Eric's Trip/Elevator to Hell, The Velvet Underground, The Dead Weather, Zeppelin/Beatles(of course), King Crimson, Do Make Say Think, ZZ Top, The Band, Old 97's, Jimi Hendrix, Rush, Zeus(from what I've heard), Hollerado.

FOLK: Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Peter Bjorn and Paul, Neil Young, Cat Stevens, Guthrie's, Jeff Magnum, Julie Doiron, Kurt Cobain(ya that's right I said it, and in folk!), Beck, Fleet Foxes, Andrew Bird, Jose Gonzales, lots of the classic's lots of the innovative indie guys and everything between.

JAZZ: John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, Stan Kenton, Charles Mingus/Eric Dolphy, Gershwin, Cab Calloway! Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messangers, Frank SInatra, Cecil Taylor, Charlie Parker/Gillespie, Frank Sinatra(to a lesser extent Dean Martin), Getz/Gilberto, Colin Stetson.

CLASSICAL: J.S Bach, Vivaldi, Brahms, Stravinsky, Alban Berg, Henry Purcell, Beethoven, Ligeti, Strauss(both), Berlioz, Prokoviev, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Satie, Chopin, Part, Rossini, Wagner, Le Monte Young, Lully, Schoenberg, Bernard Herrman.

BLUES: Skip James, Leadbelly, Willie Dixon, Hooker, BB King, Blind WIllie McTell, Fred McDowell, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Bo Carter, Howlin Wolf, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Joplin.

METAL: BLACK SABBATH, Danzig, Iron Maiden, Slayer/Kreator, Judas Priest, Death, BURZUM, Bodom, Metallica(Cliff Burton), Mastadon, Candlemass, Motorhead, lots more.

NEW WAVE/ELECTRONIC: Kraftwerk, Blondie, Stockhausen, Metric, New Order, Joy Division, Pet Shop Boys, MSTRKRFT, Justice, Aphex Twin, Daft Punk, Holy fu*k, etc

RAP: Aesop Rock(not rocky!), NWA, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Jay Z, Tribe Called Quest, Wu Tang Clan( and everything that comes with it), Keith Murray, Biggie Smalls, K-OS, Warren G, MF Doom.

COUNTRTY: Hank Williams, Wanda Jackson, Dolly Parton, Duane Eddy, Dusty Springfield, The Black Lips(when they feel like it), Hank III, Lee Hazlewood, Country Joe McDonald

I think I only missed 40,000 others,
if you mix all that with Alfred Hitchcock/ Star Trek/ Twin Peaks/ and a number of cartoons, those are some of my interests.

some cartoons I like;
Mission Hill, Clone High, King of the Hill, original Simpsons, Ren and Stimpy, Harvey Birdman Attorney at Law, Home Movies/Metalocalypse, Daria, The Head/The Maxx, Untalkative Bunny, CHARLIE BROWN!

Also Jeopardy....

...and pumpkin pie.

Instrument experience:

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Background Singer:


-4 String Godin Bass Guitar (made in Canada!)
-Yorkville Bass Master 200 Watt Amplifier
-Student Model Schoenbach upright bass
-Aria Pro II 6 String Electric Guitar(strat model)
-Dean Markley 20 Watt guitar amplifier
-Most importantly, my hands and my mind