What makes someone tick? Depends on the individual. In my case it is creating things, most of them musical. While my day job is all about ideas (and making them come to life), the nostatic existence is inextricably tied to music.
Here is the “just the facts” data:
- primarily a bassist these days, but also can play keyboards, guitar, and a little banjo if you insist
- read, have a great ear, a car that works, and I’m not a flake
- have gigged on and off for over 30 years, doing everything from solo singer/songwriter shows (on guitar) to small jazz ensembles to jazz big bands to musical theater pits to funk, soul, and rock shows (on bass).
- steeped in jazz, funk, soul, rock, and most anything in-between
- playing out in front of people (no matter how many or how few) or in the studio – as long as there is music to be made I’m in
If it makes a difference, I have a phd in chemistry from Caltech. I also am a photographer, filmmaker, perpetual tai chi student, ex-car racer, 2-wheel enthusiast (motorized and pedal powered), and seeker of the illusive green room. Yes, I have a day job. I spent four years playing with Kaz Takeda, appearing on three albums and performing shows in LA and Japan. I was bassist, producer, and writer in Simpleflower, and since 2009 have played hundreds of shows in Southern California with a number of different bands. I’ve studied with Grammy-award winning bassist Victor Wooten, worked with Anthony Wellington on both bass and keyboard, and currently am working with Kai Eckhardt.
enjoy the ride – todd richmond