Wylie Gelber is this month’s conversation on Groove – The No Treble Podcast.
You can listen the new episode right here: Groove – The No Treble Podcast – Episode #70 – Wylie Gelber.
Who is Wylie Gelber?
If you Google Wylie Gelber, this is all you get: “Wylie Gelber (born May 13, 1988) is a professional bassist and bass maker from Los Angeles, California.” You can dig a little deeper, but the well doesn’t go much further down. We know that he’s the bass player from Dawes. We know that he dropped out of high school to tour with Simon Dawes in a “post-punk” band (that band eventually became Dawes). We know that he also operates Gelber & Sons, a Los Angeles company that makes basses and guitars. There are other smatterings, but the story – and you will have to listen to this episode to believe it – is about a million times more fascinating and surprising. (and one that Wylie has never told). Confession: I believe that the Dawes song, All Your Favorite Bands, from the 2015 album of the same name may well be one of my favorite songs of all time. Wylie’s life is a story that could only come out of Los Angeles. His high school Principal recommended that he drop out (listen to find out why). He played famed rock clubs like The Roxy when he was still in his teens (listen to find out how). His father in law is one of the most famous rock bass players in the wold (listen to find out who). He started making a bass just for fun (listen to find out why he’s regarded as one of the better luthiers out there). Dawes is about to release their seventh studio album, it’s aptly titled Good Luck With Whatever. Get ready for a rock ‘n roll wild ride. Enjoy the conversation…
What is Groove – The No Treble Podcast?
This is an ambitious effort. This will be a fascinating conversation. Our goal at Groove is to build the largest oral history of bass players. Why Groove? Most of the content about the bass revolves around gear, playing techniques, and more technical chatter. For us, bassists are creative artists with stories to tell. They are a force to be reckon with. These are the stories and conversation that we will capture. To create this oral history of why these artists chose the bass, what their creative lives are like, and where inspiration can be found.
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