Lady Gaga bassist Jonny Goood: “Being a young Black brother and playing dirty with a pick is unique to me...”

Jonny Goood onstage with Lady Gaga
(Image credit: Jonny Goood)

That’s not a typo: the Pennsylvania-raised bass player born Jonathan Drummond chose three O’s for his stage name for a reason. He doesn’t have the usual stage and session star biography, having come from grinding poverty as a kid and then sidestepping into a brief career in law enforcement before spending six months living in a car. Nowadays he plays the world’s biggest stadiums with one of the world’s biggest pop stars – but the memories of those tough times linger hard, giving him a ton of wisdom that all aspiring musicians could use.

Jonny, how does it feel to play the big stages with Lady Gaga?

"I have to say, it feels good, like my name – but that little bit of good is mixed in with a lot of gratitude. It’s been a lot of hard work. I actually have ‘Hard Work’ tattooed on me, because this is all a product of my work ethic."

What gear are you using on the Gaga gig?

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Joel McIver

Joel McIver was the Editor of Bass Player magazine from 2018 to 2022, having spent six years before that editing Bass Guitar magazine. A journalist with 25 years' experience in the music field, he's also the author of 35 books, a couple of bestsellers among them. He regularly appears on podcasts, radio and TV.