Thomas Thompson - Bass and Vocals plus just an all around super cool guy! Steampunk vibe and grooves galore!

Q: When did you start playing bass?

A: I transitioned from guitar to bass when I was around 20 years old. I love being in the back holding down the rhythm when playing songs. And I find I am able to be more creative when working with the beat.

Q: Who are your biggest influences?

A: I really run the spectrum from Tony Levin, Flea, Getty Lee, Simon Gallup, Melissa Auf der Maur.

Q: What genre of music has had the most impact on you and your playing?

A: Music from the 1980’s and 1990’s has really influenced me. The 1980’s with the New Wave and Gothic sound and the 1990’s Seattle Grunge scene and music that came soon after.

Q: Any favorite performances/concerts you have seen?

A: Peter Murphy, Chris Cornell, Kristen Hersh, Belly, Abney Park, Bob Mould, Frank Black, The Cure and so many more!

Q: Describe your skill set with some of the projects you have worked with.

A: The last three musical projects I have work with had just finished recording an album and needed to quickly fill that bass role. It is very easy for me to listen to the music, set the bass lines that were recorded, but at the same time add my interpretation to the songs. I play by listening and feel, I do not read music, so really using my senses when adding bass lines to music is important to me.

Q: Who is your musical hero?

A: I would have to say Chris Cornell. A man that can belt out a scream and also sing a beautiful song, and is a great, great songwriter/guitar player. Not only do I look up to him as a musican, but he is also one of the most genuine, down to earth and friendliest musicans around. I had the pleasure of meeting him years ago when I was working at a furniture store in Seattle. I was awestruck, but he was like any other person on the street. Very true human being.

Q: Any vices?

A: Red wine and coffee. It wouldn’t be uncommon for me to have a glass of red wine in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other.