“What bass would Neo play? An upright bass. He’s going to want to play some jazz. With Morpheus on drums. We’ll be a power trio with Agent Smith on keys”: We interviewed Keanu Reeves about bass guitar – and it was a musical conversation unlike any other

Keanu Reeves of Dogstar performs at The Roxy on July 18, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.
(Image credit: Christopher Polk/Variety via Getty Images)

The scene opens on a solitary figure in a white, windowless room. Dressed head to toe in black, mid-length hair hanging loosely above his shoulders, the man lifts his gaze from the floor. There’s a calm composure to his movements – the kind of self-assuredness that can only be attained by spending the best part of four decades saving the world, whether by massacring hordes of suits or reaching musical nirvana.

He sweeps the hair out of his face with both hands and casts his eyes towards the camera.

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Michael Astley-Brown
Editor-in-Chief, GuitarWorld.com

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of GuitarWorld.com, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.