Leon Philipsen 

Born and raised by a musical family in Wellington, New Zealand, Leon first picked up a bass at the age of 11. He has experimented with a range of genres, performing everything from classical to jazz and metal to big band, though his heart lies with rock.

He has an impressive resume when it comes to the artists that he’s played with, including Jim Pugh (Michael Jackson and Frank Sinatra) and Bennie Maupin (Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock). He has also performed with big bands directed by the likes of Dave Panichi  and Bruce Paulson.

A young and dynamic bass player passionate about music, Leon left New Zealand in 2013 heading to the UK to search out more musical opportunities, where he met and is now being mentored by American bass veteran Troy Antunes whose credits include Justin Timberlake.

Since being in the UK he has played for Jesse Sheehan as well as X Factor finalist Sam Callahan.  Managed by Troy, Leon currently plays bass for his band Weston Rd.

Interview

How would you describe your ideal bass sound?

My sound has quite a lot of mid in it to be honest, I like the top end. My sound personally is quite crunchy, so I like to have that definition. Eden amps deliver that incredibly!

If you could play bass with any act, past or present, who would it be?

It would have to be between Black Sabbath or Iron Maiden!

Can you tell us a bit about your bass guitar(s)?

I’ve played all sorts of basses in my time! Some Fenders, some Ibanez. Now I’ve settled on a playing a Ken Smith Design (KSD) Proto J 705 and I’ve never looked back.

What would be your one top tip for Eden bassists?

Keep playing! Play whatever you can, as much as you can!