“When I'm not playing online, I love to blend with the band. I'm not the one who wants to stand out. But online, that's what it's all about”: April Kae is on a quest to inspire new bass players – and it starts with making bass sound good on phone speakers

April Kae with the new Fender Vintera II series basses
(Image credit: Fender)

April Kae defines the successful modern bassist. She grew up gigging hard, currently touring with punk/hip-hop noisemakers Fever 333, but she’s also a social media star. With over a million followers combined across TikTok and Instagram, she says “It's about bringing more people into bass playing. Specifically, expanding it to Black women. Only about 10 percent of bass players are not men, so to be able to get out there and bring more folks into this world is hugely important to me.” 

With her trademark afro and a tidal wave of energy, Kae takes bass to audiences it would not normally reach. “I wanna make people who don’t play bass think it sounds awesome, because I want them to experience just how great it is to play bass,” she enthuses. “It's so important to me because it's so fulfilling. It's great for your brain and your body, and it is a great way to connect with others.”

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Jenna Scaramanga

Jenna writes for Total Guitar and Guitar World, and is the former classic rock columnist for Guitar Techniques. She studied with Guthrie Govan at BIMM, and has taught guitar for 15 years. She's toured in 10 countries and played on a Top 10 album (in Sweden).