Bassist Jon Hampton Interview

When it comes down to the thunderous sounds of MAXX12, Bassist Jon Hampton can lay down a powerful reverberating bottom-end of resounding bass lines that will leave your heart skipping beats and your lungs gasping for air all the while leaving your body in pool of steaming sweat. This Kat knows how to throw fuel on the fire...

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Bassist Jon Hampton Interview

Scott - Hi Jon, Hey man.... Thank you so much for taking the time out to do an interview w/ me and my Guitarz site. Give our readers a short but descriptive label for the band's style of music.

Jon - Sure thing ! Anything for ya Scott ! It's my pleasure. Our style of music would be, In your face High energy entertainment swamp style Rock and Roll.

Scott - How did you come up with the name MAXX12?

Jon - It was about 2009 Michael came up with the name MAXX12. The theme was 2012 the Apocalypse. We came to set the record straight.

Scott - What's going on in your music world these days? Any New news we should know about?

Jon - Always writing new songs. We have a few shows lined up. 4-10-15 at the RockBar in San Jose CA. 4-26-15 at the SaddleRack in Fremont Ca. Also working on a 4 song EP to get it out to our fans around the globe. They make this rockin world go round.

Scott - Introduce the band (who's who) and where y'awl's stomp'n ground is?

Jon - Sean The Hit Man Boomer is our drummer, T. Michael Riddle The Rooster is our guitarist and singer. Myself also known as Mongoose is the bass slinger. We all hangout in San Jose ca.

Scott - I hear that you have a new band member is that right?

Jon - Yes  we do. Sean Boomer is his name. The only drummer I know that can turn drum sticks into tooth picks. What a site to see! He is a hard hitting drummer. We have been looking for someone like Boomer for a long time. Great to have him with us.

Scott - I know T. Michael Riddle (singer, song writer and guitarist) and you have been friends for a long time... How has your relationship with him grown over the years?

Jon - We are brothers. We work well together. It has gotten stronger over the past 30 years.

Scott - Are there a lot of places to play your style of music in and around your area? If so, could you name some venues?

Jon - Not to many. The Rockbar, and The Saddle Rack.  We are looking to break out of this area and state. We are chomping at the bit to play in your neck of the woods Scott !

Scott - So please tell us of any new musical project that you are currently working on?

Jon - We are always in the studio. Currently we are focused on getting our 4 song EP finished and put it out there  for the masses.

Scott - Do you plan on touring in 2015?

Jon - Yes. We are a Rockin' high energy touring band !

Scott - What is the name of your latest album and tell us how that album came about. 

Jon - Our latest is MAXX12 Special Forces. Most of these songs were created by Michael and myself. Albert  and Chris came in to this project with a few of ideas for songs. It was a group effort. As it always is.

Scott - How does the band come up with the songs, is it one song writer or more of a collaboration?

Jon - It is a collaboration from us all. One of us has an idea a few notes is all it takes and the making of a song takes on a life of it's own.

Scott - How often when the band starts an idea for a song does it actually get finished?

Jon - Any where from an hour or two to a day or so. Not long at all Scott.

Scott - What was it about bass guitar that inspired you to play it?

Jon - My first I played guitar. We could not find a bass player so turned into the new bass player for the band. I love the deep rich sound of the bass guitar and the growl.

Scott - Are you a schooled guitar player or a self-taught guitar player?

Jon - Self taught.

Scott - So, what type of guitars do you play and why?

Jon - Schecter Basses all the way baby ! I love the way they fit, sound is awesome and the feel of it all.

Scott - What type of amps do you use? Do you use different amps for the studio vs live shows. If so, why?

Jon - All I use are Ampeg amps and Cabs. I pretty much you the same set in the studio as I do live. I try to keep the same sound.
Scott - Do you have any endorsement with instrument and gear companies? Not yet. We are working on that.

Scott - How did you first get into the music business?

Jon - In the Tenth grade I wanted to be in a rock band.  Bought my first instrument at a pawn shop that was the beginning . Then the  Self discipline  and the drive to be alive for the rockin world took over. 

Scott - Where do you see the music business today ?

Jon - It's a hard cruel cut throat business.  I guess nothing has changed... haha.

Scott - Do you do social networking? If so, what are your facebook and twitter web addresses?

Jon - Yes. We all do Social Networking. Facebook there are several. Jon Hampton, Mongoose, Maxx12, Maxx12LLC, Valhalla lives on, The Rooster, The Hitman, T Michael Riddle, Sean Boomer. I have to get back to you on the Twitter accounts.

Scott - Who have been your main influences on your career to date?

Jon - So Many... To name a very few, Kiss for the stage show, AC/DC for their energy and Ted Nugent. The Doors, Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Scott - How has your guitar playing evolved over the years?

Jon - More influences. More learning. Always learning new things .

Scott - What’s the best thing about playing your own music in front of a live audience?

Jon - The energy !

Scott - Who are you listening to these days?

Jon - Anything from country to Rock ! I love the old blues players like Howlin Wolf, Muddy Waters.

Scott - By the way, who would you say where your biggest influences when it comes to playing guitar as a kid and now today?

Jon - Ted Nugent! Also the energy from the late great Allen Collins of Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Scott - Please give us three top musical goals you would like to achieve this year.

Jon - Release of our EP, Record more new songs, and play out in Texas ! Hell yeah Scott!!!

Scott - Is there anything else you’d like to achieve in your life personally and as a musician?

Jon - To have more time in the day. I will continue to do good things for other people. To bring our music to more people around this world. WE are a touring traveling band. A traveling man that's what I am.

Scott - I also don't want to forget this... Tell us about any other things you may be in involved in or any special interest besides music that is close to your heart?

Jon - My Family of course. I love to get back to fishing one of these days. I also try to help the vets when I can.

Scott - I would like to thank you for your time and candor with our loyal readers and keep on fighting the good fight to bring us some awesome music.

Jon - All the best to you all out there in this Rockin' world. It is you, our fans and friends that make this rockin' world go 'round. Thank you for having me Scott. All the best to you . Peace brother.



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