Alexander Garcia

Written by on September 20, 2012 in Interviews, News To Shout About!, September 20, 2012 - Comments Off on Alexander Garcia

Bass player Alexander Garcia has been making a name for himself lately. He is currently endorsed by several companies, including Metal Babe Mayhem, working on his upcoming CD “In the Key of G,” and working as a session musician. Alexander also has worked closely with Ronnie James Dio’s former guitarist Tracy G. I sat down with Alexander to talk about his background and what he is currently working on.Alexander Garcia

All Access Magazine (AAM): Let’s start off by talking about your background. When did you first start playing the bass?

Alexander: I originally started playing bass at 12 years old after seeing a backyard band at a birthday party. After hearing the bass, I remember pestering my mom for a bass, and ended up getting one for Christmas that year. I still have it and play it regularly. It’s one of my favorite basses to play. Something a little funny about that as well, is that I had a choice between a new dirt bike or a full bass rig, and I ended up choosing the bass rig.

 

AAM: Do you have any formal training?

Alexander: That’s an interesting question. I’ve only had two actual lessons. I pretty much grew a passion for music overnight.  Throughout the years I listen to others around me, watch what they do, and learn from that trying to incorporate their styles into my own.

AAM: What are your main influences as a musician?

Alexander: A lot of metal and classic rock artists, past and present, stemming back to early Sabbath, Ozzy, Dio (1993 – 1999), AC/DC, Metallica, God Forbid, Motorhead, Kiss, Black Label Society… Mainly bands that’ll kick your ass up and down the street.

AAM: What are you currently working on?

Alexander: I’m currently working on an EP called “In the Key of G.” Five to seven songs will be on it. I haven’t quite decided on that yet. But, I can’t wait to get it done.

AAM: What songs would you recommend to someone who is just listening to your music for the first time?

Alexander: I’d recommend “The Rise of the Phoenix,” “Meet Your Demise,” and “This is Your Life PT. 2, ” which is a tribute to Ronnie James Dio.

AAM: That’s really cool. You actually worked with Ronnie James Dio’s guitarist, Tracy G. Tell me more about that.

Alexander: I was introduced to Ronnie James Dio’s former guitarist Tracy G. during the summer of 2002, and have been working with him since I was 18 or 19. Now he has his own band, affectionately called The Tracy G. Group.

AAM: Tell me more about your work as a session musician.

Alexander: It’s a hell of a lot of fun. That’s just the bottom line. I’ve been able to meet lots of people and learn stuff that I never had a chance to learn before.

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AAM: I noticed that you have several endorsements listed on your Facebook Page. Who are you currently endorsed by?

Alexander: Well for one, I’m endorsed by Metal Babe Mayhem clothing. I had to throw that one in there, not wanting to get smacked. Hahaha. The rest of them are Shredneck, Guitar Hands Hand Care, Intune Guitar Picks, Snapjack Cables, Dunlop/MXR, ISP Technologies, and Pedaltrain Pedalboards. There are a couple more in the works right now as well..

AAM: How do you go about getting endorsements, and do you have any advice for musicians looking to get endorsements?

Alexander: It’s fairly simple really. But you do have to keep on the companies to let you know what’s going on, have some recordings, tour/recording dates, pictures, links, bio sheet, discography… stuff like that to give to them. Just have all your stuff together and you should be alright, but you will always want to ask if there is anything else that they will need. Trust me, it helps.

AAM: What have you been listening to lately?

Alexander: There are a few Indie bands on the rise that I have been listening to and seen live, including Kavan, Interim Divine, and Gemini Syndrome, who just got signed to Warner Brothers Records and finished up their debut album. I’ve also been listening to a lot of Kiss, Black Label Society a little bit of Fear Factory, and Motörhead. But the main one right now is God Forbid, their new album “Equilibrium” is  brutal.

AAM: What’s next for you Alexander?

Alexander: Writing music and more music. Hahaha. Actually after the EP is done, I’m gonna take a little break and get back into some serious training with my bros Alan and Mark at Team Florez Muay Thai Kickboxing. I am gonna continue writing music and all. If I’m not in the studio I can be found over at Team Florez in La Puente.

AAM: Sounds good. Anything you would like to add or say to your fans?

Alexander: Keep up the support. It’s very much appreciated. Keep rockin’ and following me on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. (Listed below.)

Twitter: @alexander_gbass
Facebook: www.facebook.com/officialgbassmusic
YouTube: www.youtube.com/officialgmusic
AAM: Thank you Alexander. It’s been fun chatting with you!

Keep rockin’

Alison “MetalBabe” Cohen
www.metalbabemayhem.com
www.facebook.com/MetalBabeProductions