Michael Mondesir: “In 36 years of playing professionally, I haven’t really owned a high-end bass”

Michael Mondesir
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Michael Mondesir is an unstoppable force with a bass guitar in his hands. His talents and judicious note choices have inspired the likes Jeff Beck, Ginger Baker, Neneh Cherry and Whitney Houston to seek his services. 

He is a visiting teacher at the Royal Academy of Music in London, the Rhythmic Conservatory of Copenhagen and British Academy of New Music, and teaches one-to-one, too. But Mondesir's musical journey isn't the typical route for the session player.

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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.