Issy Ferris: “Playing bass gives me a power and character on stage that I hadn’t experienced before, and has made me a better performer and writer“

Issy Ferris
(Image credit: Ferris & Sylvester)

What was your way into bass, Issy? 

“I first picked up a bass in 2017 when Archie Sylvester and I were expanding our live setup. We wanted to figure out a way to get the blues-rock sound we were aiming for without adding band members. We had a lot of shows to play and very little budget, but those kinds of limitations can often lead to creativity. Archie upgraded his Hofner President to an electric Greco 335 and added a kick drum and tambourine that he played with his feet. We felt we needed more low end, and Archie’s hands and feet were full, so it was over to me to pick up the bass.“   

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