MTD International Emerging Artists

 

Ayub Abraham

"Surprising every time I play!"
photo by @Iponk _qb
Ayub Abraham
MTD Instrument: Kingston Z5

Ayub Abraham has been a profesional session bass player in indonesia for the last 7 years and is also a part off the band called (aLL in) for the recording industry . Ayub started his musical life playing drums until he saw Victor Wooten's videos playing "Amazing Grace". That definitive moment inspired him to play bass. He has also been influenced by Abraham Laboriel, Jaco Pastorius, ND Marcus Miller.

Links:

facebook.com/aLL-in

facebook.com/ayub.tuesang?fref=ts

 

Aloysius Chow

"My MTD Kingston Z5
cut-thru the mix in every
stage situation. This
workhorse is so reliable
and I can count on it for
every show, every note,
new audiences and more
jobs! Truly #MTD4LYFE!!"
Aloysius Chow
MTD Instrument: Kingston Z5

Aloysius has been playing professionally in the Singapore club scene for about 4 years now. Together with his current band, “Vice Band”, they cover a wide genre of music in many languages such as English, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese and Thai.

"Church was where I picked up music through acoustic guitar, which lead to servicing God in church playing the acoustic guitar for caregroups to finally serving God on bass at Saturday youth services and Sunday main church services in both Chinese and English department." Feeling the need to grow musically, he took his first music class with his first pay check where things started to accelerated. Once he finally acquired the skill of sightreading he began to get calls for many relief jobs initially till he left my engineering job and pursued a music career fulltime. "This was the steepest learning curve in my life. I kept learning and pushing on with so much to learn. Now I'm a fulltime club musician, also a bass teacher, and still there's so much more to learn."

 

David Cloughley

"My MTD has been with me since the start of my gigging career and I still haven't played in a setting where it hasn’t sounded amazing."
Photo by Emily Browning
David Cloughley
MTD Instruments: Kingston Z5

David Cloughley is a 21-year-old bass player from Christchurch, New Zealand known for his infectious groove and melodic playing style. While locking in effortlessly in any band setting, David brings a unique feel that is soulful and memorable without compromising leading instruments. As a soloist, his intuitive performances are engaging while being backed by years of theory and training. He is currently in his final year of study towards a Bachelor of Music at Ara institute of Canterbury. Throughout his years at Ara, David has earned his wage as a full-time performing musician in his home city and throughout the rest of New Zealand. He began playing the bass in church and has been self-taught 7 of his 10 years in music. David’s bass heroes have heavily influenced his passion for the bass, with players such as Robert “Bubby” Lewis, Michael League and Hadrien Feraud being the most significant.

Over a short few months, David has built a social media following of over 1,300 viewers who regularly engage with his daily content. Looking forward, David is excited to complete his studies at the end of 2016 and will continue to expand his online following while growing his business as a performing artist.

Link:

https://www.instagram.com/bassydavey/

https://www.facebook.com/bassydaveymusic/

 

 

 

PARSHWA JYOTI DAS

"He has a MTD Kingston KZ6 left handed six string bass guitar. He said that first, I thank MTD for such an amazing bass. It’s tonal, quality its playing ability and all features are just superb. This bass is really suitable for all kind of music and its tonal quality justifies all genres of music. Thanks again MTD for made this left handed beauty. Further wants to customize more beautiful instruments with MTD."
Parshwa "Paapu leftybass" Jyoti Das
MTD Instruments: Kingston Z6 Lefty
Paapu leftybass (Parshwa Jyoti Das) is a bassist from Assam, a state of North-Eastern India. From a musical family, started singing at early age, started learning ‘Tabla, an Indian classical percussion instrument. After that he learnt guitar and later playing bass guitar professionally. He studied all genres of music. And have great interest to fuse Indian rarest folk with world music. He did his sound engineering diploma too. After that migrated to Mumbai and started playing bass with leading playback singers, music directors of Indian film and music industry ‘Bollywood’. He is doing recording sessions and musical TV shows too. He has a sufi-fusion band ‘Indie-Routes’. He is a left hand player and now popular as Paapu leftybass. Now busy with recording sessions and TV shows, travelling around the world with various artists and his band. Parallel working on his solo project, where he blend folk and classical music and musical instruments of India with world popular genres, and wants to give people a new feel, new kind of music.
 

Edo Jacob

"MTD Kingston Z5 is an instrument with the good playability, tone & aesthetics that make it an easy decision when you find it."

 

photo by Erick Donald Jacob
Edo Jacob
MTD Instruments: Kingston Z5

Edo started playing bass when he was 15. Being an HR professional is his day job and playing bass is his passion.  "I am currently the bass player for Bethany Church in Balikpapan – Indonesia and bassist of gospel band called “Transformers”."  Abraham Laboriel and Nathan East are his inspiration to play bass.

Links:

youtube.com

facebook.com/edward.karambe

instagram.com/edo.j.karambe/

 

 

James Kinnear

“I was hooked instantly; from the extremely comfortable asymmetrical neck to the rich lows and snappy highs customary with the MTD sound. It was exactly what I was looking for. Also with the added bonus of an incredibly light body and an outstanding look how could I not fall in love with this brand!”

 

photo by Rebecca Kinnear
James Kinnear
MTD Instruments: Kingston Z 5 (Left Handed)

James started playing bass when he was 16 years old. For James playing bass is part of his identity.

He has always tried to push the boundaries with bass playing by amalgamating a variety of techniques and not always following the ‘norm’ and hiding in the mix. Some of his main idols are bassists such as Victor Wooten, Stanley Clarke, Evan Brewer and Rex Brown.

As a left-handed player, James has always been faced with the challenge of finding instruments which would stand up against the other musicians when playing live until he found MTD Kingston basses.

James plays bass in the UK death metal band ‘This is Turin’ – on the back of their latest release ‘When God Bleeds’ they are now concentrating on writing their second album and preparing a string of UK tours. Over the years they have had growing success supporting bands such as Soulfly, Heart Of A Coward, 36 Crazyfists, For The Fallen Dreams, The Ghost Inside, Scar The Martyr, Rolo Tomassi, Stampin’ Ground & Hacktivist. In 2014 they won the North West ‘Metal to the Masses’ competition and played the New Blood stage at Bloodstock festival, they were then invited back in 2016 to play the Sophie Lancaster stage. Additionally, they played UK Techfest in 2016 and have just been announced to play in 2018.

Links:

www.facebook.com/thisisturin/
www.facebook.com/james.kinnearwww.instagram.com/thisisturin

 

Nolan Labaguis

"When my friend (fellow MTD Kingston Artist Emilio Rivas) introduced me to the Saratoga, I was really captivated.  I said to myself, this is the perfect sound I’m looking for and will suit my style of playing.  Now that I have my own MTD, I am ready to rock and travel!"
Nolan Labaguis
MTD Instruments: Kingston Saratoga 5

Nolan started playing bass when he was 12-years-old and became a church musician in high school which exposed him to a lot of instruments.  Now he plays a variety of instruments (guitar, drum, keyboard, and bass) and also sings lead and harmony/back up vocals.  "I have been working overseas as a bass player since 2005.  I have travelled a lot in Europe and in America with various land and sea based tours."  Nolan is currently in a group called “The Bestsellers” which plays a variety of music from the 60’s to the present.  He also performs on a cruise ship as a house band musician.

 

 
 

Emilio Rivas

"I really like the tone and
the clear sound that
Saratoga 5 gives me. I
love this bass."
photo by Franco Gonzalez Sir
Emilio Rivas
MTD Instruments: Kingston Saratoga Deluxe 5

Emilio Rivas is an Argentinian bass player.  He started playing drums at the age of 15 and then bass. He went on to obtain a degree in Contemporary music composition at the University of Bellas Artes, La Plata. He had recorded 3 albums with his own music playing bass and singing. He now works as a professional bass player in cruise ships – most recently with the Holland America Line.  He also teaches private classes in La Plata.  He has been fortunate enough to take private lessons with many professional bass players on an ongoing basis.

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/Emibajista

www.emiliorivasylahardcaracolband.bandcamp.com
 

Geovanny “Lefty” Bladimir Acosta Salgado

"Lightweight, versatile and great sounding."
photo by Julio Cesar Acosta Salgado
Geovanny “Lefty” Bladimir Acosta Salgado
MTD Instruments: Kingston KZ 5

Born and raised in Riobamba, Ecuador, “Lefty” started with music when he was 15.  He went on Study at St. Thomas the Apostle Collar and the Conservatory of Music Vicente Anda Aguirre where he qualified as a music instructor.  He is a professor of music in various schools in the city.

In the early 90's he toured with Amarun in Europe for an extended period of time.  After his return to Ecuador, he has continued to perform fulltime with such renowned artists like Aldo Monje, Storm of Argentina, Manolo Galvan of Spain, Rudy La Scala, Miguel Moly of Venezuela and others.  “Lefty” has also been performing with several other groups and orchestra of his city and country.  He is the musical director of the concert  “The Bass is the Big Boss.”  He continues to serve as bassist for the Corporation Show Band Orchestra.

Links:

https://youtu.be/BkIup-pPVY0

https://youtu.be/6f9Dwbtx-2w

 

 

A.J. Smith

"From the first time I held an MTD Kingston in my hands, I felt as if it were made just for me...I'll never seriously play or purchase anything else!"
A.J. Smith (aka RevGroove)
MTD Instruments: Kingston Z5, Kingston AG5, Kingston ZX Ltd. #26
A.J. Smith (aka revgroove) has been playing bass since his early teens. Now over 20 years later, he’s still holding it down with no plans to stop! Whether it’s at church, weekly local jam nights, or with rising or established artists and acts; A.J. and his MTD Kingston Basses are willing and able to answer the call and hold down that bottom end!
 

Nigel Whyte

"Amazing tone. So comfortable to play. The Saratoga has to be the lightest bass I have played."
Nigel Whyte
MTD Instruments: Kingston Saratoga 5

Nigel Whyte was born and raised in South Africa and he started playing guitar at an early age. He became a guitarist in church worship groups.

After finishing school, Nigel decided to play bass in a friend's band. Almost immediately he felt at home on the instrument and developed a real love for it. His influences are James Jamerson, Paul McCartney, and Nathan East. He also played bass in the orchestra in a number of theatre productions including Razzmatazz, Wizard of Oz and others. While studying recording engineering, Nigel supported some of the top South African bands in bars and pubs around the city as bassist for rock band, Hawker Sidley.

Having moved to Auckland New Zealand, he enrolled in a Contemporary Music Performance course in 2012.
It was around this time he met Robert Bubby Lewis and was introduced to MTD basses. 3 years later he purchased his first MTD bass.

Currently Nigel is working on a couple of project bands in the jazz and blues genres.