John Larkin

 

"I began my musical career as a classically trained woodwindist in the Los Angeles suburb of Long Beach, CA, where I played semi-professionally with many local orchestras and theater ensembles before turning to the Bass Guitar as my main vehicle.  My first influences on the instrument were the greatest rock bassists of the time: Geddy Lee, Steve Harris, and John Paul Jones.  Music from bands like Rush, Iron Maiden, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, The Beatles, Van Halen, King’s X, Galactic Cowboys, Triumph, Metallica, Pantera, Motley Crue, and Y&T all contributed to my style of playing and writing.  From the early 1980s and through the mid-90s, I played with several L.A. area bands, hitting the Hollywood club circuit with the hard rock of Mammon and the dark, frenetic music of Plunger.

Throughout this time, my love for and involvement with the classical and jazz genres continued.  Even before I began listening to rock bands, I was a student of classical composers such as Stravinsky, Bartok, Mozart, Barber, Debussy, Mahler, and Poulenc, as well as jazz artists like Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Chick Corea, Stan Getz, and John Patitucci.  In the mid-1990s, I put aside my bass and focused on composing works for orchestra and smaller instrumental ensembles, utilizing the rapidly expanding computer and sampling technologies.  I am currently working on a full-scale opera.

In 2002, I made a work-related move from Southern California to Salt Lake City, where I  decided to pick up my long-neglected bass and begin a new drive toward success as a bassist.   After spending four years with thrash band Nailspine (which split up in 2008), I met Joel through an online ad, and together we formed the core of Every Threat.

I also build and play my own instruments, combining exotic woods with unique designs.  Click HERE to see my "Flon Klar Guitars" Myspace page."

 

 

Gear

John uses:

Flon Klar USA Custom Firebird 4-String Bass
Flon Klar USA Custom  Talon 4-String Bass
ESP LTD DF-404 4-String Bass
Ampeg SVT-4 Pro Amplifier
Ampeg SVT-410HE Cabinets
Ampeg SVT-15EN Cabinets
BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer
Digitech B355 Multi-effects Pedal
JOYO JW-01 Digital Wireless System
Furman PL Plus Power Conditioner
Monster Cables
Rotosound Strings
DR Strings