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w/ Satomi Matsuzaki

Who are you, and what do you do?

I play bass and sing in Deerhoof. I am originally from Tokyo, Japan. I live in Brooklyn, NY. I am a dog lover.

What hardware do you use?

I recently ordered a custom bass from Serek Basses. Jake from Serek built a beautiful short scale maple bass for me. It's almost as light as my old Hofner. I like jumping around on stage so I have been using Hofner for almost twenty years but when Jake brought me his hand crafted bass at sound check on tour, I totally fell in love! It sounds like a king. It makes a beautiful deep round tone like Rickenbacker yet it's light as feather.

I use a Genz Benz Shuttle Max amp which has both tube and solid state preamps built in. It's great because I can blend them! It's like having rice and bread at the same time.

My pedals are a Boss tuner, an Electro Harmonix Octave Multiplexer for kicking dance vibe, Crowther Hotcake Overdrive for creating some buzz, and a Dunlop Fullbore Metal Overdrive for head banging.

And what software?

I don't use software. Less gears = less trouble is my motto.

What would be your dream setup?

If I could just sing both the bass part and vocal part at the same time, that would be great. I would bring one microphone on tour! I love easy set up. I get worried with checking my bass and gears at the airport. Materials break. Going on tour is a risk managing test. How can I play like myself without THINGS?

By Satomi Matsuzaki, distributed under a Creative Commons CC-BY license.

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