“My favorite bands – Pixies, Sonic Youth, Smashing Pumpkins, Bikini Kill – all had bass players who were women. I thought they were the coolest members”: Emily Retsas on her journey from Australia to A-list gigs with Phoebe Bridgers and Kim Gordon

Bassist Emily Retsas
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From her humble beginnings in Smoky Bay, South Australia, to becoming a more sought-after session and touring bassist, you'd be hard-pressed to find a musician as busy as Emily Retsas.

Currently holding down the low-end with the likes of Phoebe Bridgers and Kim Gordon, Retsas is in-demand – and as she tells it, the bass was always her calling.

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Andrew Daly

Andrew Daly is an iced-coffee-addicted, oddball Telecaster-playing, alfredo pasta-loving journalist from Long Island, NY, who, in addition to being a contributing writer for Guitar World, scribes for Rock Candy, Bass Player, Total Guitar, and Classic Rock History. Andrew has interviewed favorites like Ace Frehley, Johnny Marr, Vito Bratta, Bruce Kulick, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Rich Robinson, and Paul Stanley, while his all-time favorite (rhythm player), Keith Richards, continues to elude him.