How long have you been playing?
I bought my first bass guitar at age 13. I am sure I messed with my Dad's bass and step-dad's guitars before that though. I saw Gene Simmons play a bass solo in which he spat blood and fire while wielding a bass shaped like an axe. It's was all over from that moment. Cutting my teeth on early Mtv and rock radio I soon discovered Metal, then Jazz/Rock Fusion, then Progressive Metal. In 1994 I bought my first 6-string bass after being entranced by players like Les Claypool, John Myung and John Patittucci who wielded the BIG basses. I became obsessed with tapping after immersing myself in the music of Billy Sheehan and Stu Hamm. Then, in 1999 I saw a concert video of King Crimson "Live at Frejus" and I got my first glimpse of the Chapman Stick. Another major musical moment that shaped my life.
What was the first concert you ever went to?
First concert was Kiss at the Richfield Colosseum in 1987 or 88 with my uncle Scott.
What gear do you use?
Warr Guitars - Raptor 12 string touch guitar, Chapman Stick 10 string Touchboard, Ibanez SR-406 fretless, Warwick Thumb NT 6 String, 1969 Fender Precision(handed down from my Dad, John Phelps, upon his retirement.)
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
In my formative years definately Kiss. My uncle Scott turned me onto them at a very young age. I touched on this in the "How long have you been playing" field.
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
Co_conspirator is my primary obsession. We've been a band for 10 years as of summer 2012. We play Progressive Metal with tinges of Jazz. How we met is a long story. We do play shows, not as much as I'd like though. I have been in others over the years such as former Capitol Records artist Dink(D2K), King Bong, Pretty, El Camino Piranha and my first real rock band, Kings Highway. I have also had the pleasure of working in the studio with some great musicians.
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Letter of Intent - My thought revolve around you and you are teaching me I feel as though we have re-found each other And I imagine us together long ago... you know when, where, why OK that's it for now I guess I love you....maybe And I can't try to describe what I feel for you it's a mystery My forehead ticks now and again and I feel in love with you I feel an intimate link with everything but your relentless abandonment I see myself in your history but seek to confirm our "connection" I hope you feel it to My obsession with you can't be described it's like a mystery Of course we have never met And I hope that I'm not scaring you I promise this to you: I really have nothing but good intention We've become so familiar, you and I That we've been together, in my mind But your voice has become very faint so I think I'll wait down by the river... Wait to die... But when I hear your "whisper" it makes me change my mind And imagining your closeness brings me warmth inside So many letters written and not a single reply... I don't mind.... I do mind Of course we have never met And I hope that I'm not scaring you I feel hostile as I write to you But maybe anger's a good thing Adding fuel to this fire Burn, baby burn!....You and I will burn We're all moths to a flame, and we'll burn together We're all moths to a flame and we'll die together
Morgan Phelps - Touch guitar