‘If you’re not passionate, don’t bother.’
– Victoria Smith, The Ramonas – bassist.
Where it all began..
Choosing to play the bass..
It was that classic walking blues/rock n roll bassline that initially got me into bass, Chuck Berry, Little Richard etc. I’m a big fan of Roger Glover from Deep Purple, Pictures of Home is one of my favourite basslines. I also love Maxwell Murder by Rancid, Love Song by The Damned, Myage by Descendents, Stay Clean by Motorhead. Obviously The Ramones are a major influence too, I’ve learnt so much from Dee Dee about stage performance and songwriting.
My successes and failures..
Recommendations and worldly advice..
2017 has been a year for ticking a lot of musical boxes, the main one being to record and release the first original Ramonas album on CD and Vinyl. Super happy to have this all released and really pleased with how it’s turned out. Next year we’ll be releasing some more music videos and continue to promote the album, we’re looking to play more gigs that are just our own songs and continue to write more too. We’ll also be touring the Ramones tracks for our Ramonas Mania tour all over the UK and Europe.
In terms of touring it would be great to play more festivals and countries we have’t been to before. There may be some collaborations in the pipeline too and another interesting album release I’ve been involved with.
Good starter instrument..
My first bass was a Fender Squire Precision, these are great starter instruments that are affordable too (£180 upwards). There’s a lot more range now – Squire Jazz, Jaguar or even a Mustang if you have smaller hands as they are short scale but still look and sounds great. It’s always worth looking into secondhand instruments too.