MusicRadar recently interviewed Mike D'Antonio of Killswitch Engage and Paolo Gregoletto of Trivium about all things bass, from influences to tone, from playing with two guitarists to locking in with a drummer.
Says Mike, "I fit in wherever I can be heard I suppose. It's always those ranges that the guitarists don't want to hear, like mid range and all that kind of stuff. The bass is always recorded last so it doesn't clash with anything...We're very much a guitar band. You really don't want to step on anything [Adam Dutkiewicz and Joel Stroetzel] are doing because it's so awesome."
Paolo says, "I see my bass playing like a lot of players I've admired, like Steve Harris and Cliff Burton, players who have really left a mark on the music they made. That's who I try to emulate. Not only is the bass part serving the song, but also making sure that my bass part isn't just following the guitars, but adds a little flair to the music."
Both Killswitch Engage and Trivium will be on tour in North America this spring.