“St. Vincent is one of the best players in the world right now… she has that Jeff Buckley thing going on”: Royal Blood’s Mike Kerr names 10 guitarists who shaped his bass sound

Mike Kerr
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You may have noticed that Royal Blood singer/bassist Mike Kerr tends to take his cues more from guitar players. Whenever the frontman is quizzed on his biggest influences, he’s more likely to namecheck six-stringers than the likes of bass heroes Les Claypool, Thundercat and Flea.

That’s down to his highly unorthodox and brilliantly creative approach to the four-string. Being solely responsible for all the melodic information in the band, he manages to cover the low-end, midrange and higher frequencies all in one go, while drummer Ben Thatcher is left in charge of the rhythmic engine room driving the riffs.

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Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences as a guitar player. He's worked for magazines like Kerrang!Metal HammerClassic RockProgRecord CollectorPlanet RockRhythm and Bass Player, as well as newspapers like Metro and The Independent, interviewing everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handled lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).