“I grabbed a diaper and shoved it under the strings near the bridge”: How Tony Levin came up with his muted bass tone on Peter Gabriel's Don't Give Up

Tony Levin performs on stage with English musician Peter Gabriel (unseen) during a concert at the Accor Arena in Paris, on May 23, 2023.
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Having backed such musically adventurous acts as King Crimson and Peter Gabriel, Tony Levin’s had a career filled with opportunities to create bass parts outside of the tried-and-true.

“Indeed, that’s almost all of what I do,” he told Bass Player. “I don’t have to think about coming up with a functional bass guitar part that provides what’s needed because I’ve been doing that my whole life. What I try to focus on is being creative and coming up with different things.”

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Nick Wells

Nick Wells was the Editor of Bass Guitar magazine from 2009 to 2011, before making strides into the world of Artist Relations with Sheldon Dingwall and Dingwall Guitars. He's also the producer of bass-centric documentaries, Walking the Changes and Beneath the Bassline, as well as Production Manager and Artist Liaison for ScottsBassLessons. In his free time, you'll find him jumping around his bedroom to Kool & The Gang while hammering the life out of his P-Bass.

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