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Fresh from Los Angeles, California, brand new indie quartet Northern American describe their music as a picture of the city they live in. “From The Doors to Tupac, we are inspired by the same sunset, Los Angeles; the place that was and always will be.”
Currently in the studio preparing their debut album, slated for release this summer, the band have started working with Local Natives producer Raymond Richards. Having recently shared their new single, Wander, free with fans, Northern American are gathering rave reviews from peers and critics alike.
Bassist Augusto Vega may be a man of few words, but his smooth, effortless indie pop playing style speaks volumes.
When did you first start playing bass guitar?
“At 13, [back in] 1999. I never had lessons but my uncle showed me how simple it was.”
When first starting out on bass, who were your musical heroes?
“When I first started playing bass I really liked Nirvana and Radiohead. Bass playing to me, though, was always more about being a part of something bigger, like a band.”
How would you describe your playing style and sound with Northern American?
“Simple yet present, welcoming and fat.”
Which Northern American bass line are you most proud of and why?
“Hard to say... I'm proud of everything we are doing collectively. It's because of my band that I'm able to come up with bass lines.”
What gear are you currently using?
“I'm rocking a Sunburst finish Thunderbird and a combo Fender amp. No pedals so far. Monster cable, lifetime warranty. That's wussup.”
Northern American's debut album is scheduled for a summer 2014 release.