Alex began his career as a bass player after filling in for a band at his family's church and was heavily influenced by the music of the late 80's. Since then he's played for some of the biggest names in music including Usher, Mariah Carey, Kelly Clarkson, Whitney Houston, Boys To Men and Patti LaBelle.
Alex relies on two WTP900s and two D410XLTs to see him through a busy touring schedule.
When did your journey with Eden begin? How did you find the brand?
I started to play Eden in 1994. A friend turned me onto the brand...I loved the sound of the amp.
Which amplifier did you have back then?
My first Eden was a 500W world tour head. I remember I had just got a gig with BeBe & CeCe Winans and Eden sent the head down to me, along with 2x 2x10” D Series cabinets it was cool little rig.
What do you use now?
Two WTP900s and two D410XLTs.
So how did your career develop?
My mom was a pastor and my dad played in the church band, so as a family we were a pretty musical family. One time the person who was supposed to be playing bass in the group didn’t turn up for practice and so the bass and an amp were just sitting there. I turned to my dad and told him “I can play bass” and picked it up. That night I was playing with the group in a concert and that was the beginning of my relationship with the instrument.
So after picking up and playing that night where did your life take you?
Back then I was really young and we recorded a couple of albums which was amazing. I was really influenced by music on the television too. It was around 1987 and my family were the last ones on the block to get cable TV. When we got it, it really changed the way I was thinking about music. I would watch MTV and saw all of the great bands that were around and I thought, I could make a living out of music.
What advice or guidance would you give to young bass players looking to start out a career now?
If you want to be a good bass player I think you really need to understand your role is to support the artist. That’s really the attitude that I follow, as a bass player you are a part of something and in order for you to develop your goal really is to help and push the career of the people you are supporting. If they go further then you go further it’s that simple.
What about playing, can you offer any advice on that?
Really the key thing I would recommend to players is to really get into your instrument. These days there are lots of ways to learn, including things like you tube and online tuition, but to really be a good player you need to get into your instrument, really let it overtake you and learn the ins and outs of how it feels and sounds. Being that familiar with the instrument is key to being a good player.