“Hearing Jaco Pastorius changed my life. I took the frets out of my first bass because of Jaco! He could make you like the bass, whether you liked it or not”: Victor Wooten names 10 bassists who shaped his sound

Victor Wooten posing against a grey background
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It would be fair to say a video meeting with Victor Wooten is not like most Zoom calls. When he connects with Bass Player, we find him sat in a room surrounded by green lights, red lamps, sofas and framed posters.

It has a vibe that will naturally appeal to just about any kind of creative, tailor-made to calm the mind and get juices flowing. Then, of course, there are various electric pianos and keyboards dotted around, as well as instruments hanging from the walls and a big mixing console right in front of him.

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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).