What was your main bass gear for this record?
"I have three basses that I use for everything. I've got my Jack Bruce Signature Series from Warwick, which is a little bit like an EB-3, but it's a full-sized bass and very beautiful. It's fantastic, so I was using that just for normal fretted bass. Then I was using my beloved Warwick Brazilian Rosewood Thumb Bass, which is like my baby. Then I've got this Gibson EB-1 that I would be lost without and that's what's on Drone. It's just got this huge, huge sound - it's like a barn door, or something!"
What's your preference on the amplifier front?
"I'm still using the Hartke stuff, which was developed originally for me and Jaco Pastorius. The guys who did that, Larry Hartke and his partner, did sound for me for a while. They noticed that I was always blowing speakers, not because I play that loud –although I do - but because I'm a very physical player with quite a lot of attack in my playing, so that's what made them come up with the aluminium speaker cones - and they work for me."