The last week of February 2013, at my place, somewhere in West London.
Basschat has finally been able to arrange to have a presence at the London Bass Guitar show this year, thanks to our friends and fellow BCers, the guys at Bass Gear, who are allowing us to share some space at their stand. I’m honoured – and not a little excited – to be the Basschat representative at the show.
So here we are, a few days before the show begins, and I think I’ve got all I need, starting with getting posters done and printouts ready, and then assembling the Basschat lanyards we’ll be giving away:
It’s now just a matter of gathering all the bits and pieces, adding a few stationery items for fixing, supporting and holding everything together, sticking the lot into a large bag, and carrying it all to the Olympia Conference Centre.
Two additional reasons I’m excited are the prospect of seeing David Ellefson of Megadeth giving a masterclass and a live stage performance, and my planned GAS-inducing visit to the Warwick stand, where I’ll be trying to arrange a meetup with some of my fellow Warwick&Framus forum members.
Tuesday 5th March 2013
It happened. It was awesome. I went to the Olympia Conference Centre on Friday 1st to join the guys at Bass Gear and help them set up their stand and Basschat’s corner, then spent 8 hours on Saturday 2nd and another 8 on Sunday 3rd and enjoyed – in fact, loved – every minute of it. And that’s despite having to put up with the noise created by The Mad Slappers, a category of bass players who believe that more is more, and that grooving and arpeggioing is so last year, dahling. I wonder how they are able to judge what a bass or a rig really sounds like, when they mostly coax a tuneless, percussive noise out of it at the speed of light…
Anyway – Saturday was by far the busier day as far as the number of visitors was concerned:
Basschat had its corner in the foyer above, to the side of Bass Gear’s stand. On Friday afternoon, when I left the centre, Basschat’s corner looked like this.
On Saturday, after some clever negotiations, Phil had been able to obtain permission for us to use the space to the right of the stand, so that now our corner looked like this:
Throughout the weekend I was supported by my fellow BCer and best friend Shelley (Seashell), to whom I am indebted for being by my side while I was there and holding the fort while I wasn’t. (You’re an absolute star, Shelley!) We gave away more than 70 Basschat lanyards to as many friends – old and new – who came to the corner for a chat and a laugh. By lunchtime on Saturday, if you walked among the stands, you couldn’t help noticing many familiar faces wearing their Basschat ID round their necks 🙂
More about the GAS section: a few other stands at the show
My favourite stand – Warwick
Enough of the inanimate objects – however lovely – that were at the show. Now for…
And finally, the Basschat Claim To Fame Corner! 😀
The BC Bass Relay
http://www.facebook.com/BcBassRelay for detailed info
The BC Baton came to our corner at the LBGS courtesy of James (Jimryan) who travelled all the way from Portsmouth with it. It was worth his while, though – he got photos of Steve Lawson and Yolanda Charles holding it, then some footage of BCer Dmanlamius playing it, and then passed it on to fellow BCer Rushbo.
It was an amazing weekend. Nothing can come close to the sheer pleasure of meeting so many people who are united by the love of all things musical and low end, and the joy of making new friends, seeing old ones, and being at the heart of our community for two very special days.