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In Conversation with Kai Eckhardt – Playing with John McLaughlin

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About This Episode

In today’s podcast we catch up with the truly phenomenal Kai Eckhardt.

A star sideman to the likes of John Mclaughlin and Billy Cobham, Kai Eckhardt has forged an incredible career based on his subliminal bass tones and melodic solos. Driven by an unshakeable dedication to music, he easily qualifies as one of the most important bass voices of his generation. We spoke for over an hour about all manner of things, from melody and chord sequences to touring and moving to America.

In this episode you're going to learn:

  • About Kai’s time at the Berklee College of Music.
  • Why Jaco wanted to keep his 1969 Fender Jazz.
  • How he developed his killer slap technique.
  • All about his audition for John McLaughlin.
  • And much, much more…

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  • Ed Wenzel

    Great stuff from Kai, I can relate as I had to give up a portion of my life for my mom who had severe Alzheimers too. You can grow from stuff like this. You learn about how prescious life is. Life is creativity(music) and a string to the divine. Ego is negative energy. I bet Kai has had trance moments playing music. Finding compassion is a freedom.

  • marco brown

    Outstanding interview with Kai. He is such a free spirit and a great role model. I was blessed to meet him here in Dayton, Ohio years ago at Gilly’s where he performed along with Billy Cobham. Both he and Billy were very down to earth. It was a great pleasure to be in their company. Thanks for sharing the podcast.

  • coolhang

    Kai’s Bass Courses on contain some of the most unique concepts in electric bass playing.
    Check them out – you won’t be disappointed!

  • Simon Ford

    It was a pleasure to meet Kai at this year’s Warwick Bass Camp, albeit on the ‘Meet and Greet’.
    I had only heard of Kai by reputation, but he was graceful and signed a ‘Meet and Greet’ card after a short conversation.
    I wish I had heard his story from Scott’s podcast and maybe got to chat with him at the grand supper.