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Will Riddle / Bio

Accomplished progressive bassist, and visionary artist
My primary musical background involves experimental, conceptual, and theme-based progressive hard rock. Hailing from San Diego CA, but having made the Seattle-area my home since 2003, I'm known as a utility player who can also deliver on vocals or guitar; but is currently concentrating on my strongest and most enduring skill – my bassmanship.

Now currently involved in a dynamic progressive/post-metal outfit called Oceans & Enemies, we're writing an assortment of material, and began laying down tracks to our first album since January of 2015.

My background and influences on bass guitar are quite diverse. I've cut my teeth on the likes of Geddy Lee’s progressive chops and time signatures, Geezer Butler’s doomy licks, Lemmy's bombastic thunder, Mel Schacher's blue-eyed funk, and Roger Waters’ ability to conceptualize the sounds and images he hears in his head. My former projects were as bass player/keyboardist of Mercy Road, lead singer of MadDawgz, and 2nd guitarist/vocalist of Granite Reign; in addition to multitudes of other loosely-configured projects and outfits. My goal is to perfect and record my own conceptual magnum opus for purposes of posterity.

1980 Rickenbacker 4001
2013 Carvin SB4000
1969 Gibson SG
1961 Guild Starfire III
1960 Gretsch Streamliner
2006 Fender Telecaster

Fender Bassman 400 amplifier
Road 220 Lead amplifier
Fender Bassman 410 cabinet
Cerwin-Vega L-48SE 118 cabinet

Effects chain:
EBow string resonator
EHX Big Muff Pi distortion/sustain with wicker
Morley PWF volume pedal
EHX Small Clone EH4600 chorus
Ibanez DFL digital flanger
EHX Nano Small Stone EH4800 phase shifter
Catalinbread Echorec echo/delay
iSP Technologies Decimator noise gate

General Info

Artist Name
Will Riddle
Home Page
Rock / Progressive / Doom

Contact Info

Lynnwood, WA

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