Leprous bassist Simen Daniel Børven: "Good sound is in the hands. All the cool brands out there won’t save you"

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"When I was about 12 years old, I was the singer in a band. The kid playing the bass guitar quit, and I came in last to rehearsals that day. 

"Needless to say, the bass burden fell on me. In many cases I guess starting out on bass is almost like an arranged marriage. Statistics show that the average divorce rate is much lower... Hmm. Maybe that’s the way to go? Force your kids to play bass, y’all! 

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