Magazine article Guitar Player

Desiree Bassett

Magazine article Guitar Player

Desiree Bassett

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AT AN OPEN MIC IN HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT, guitarist Desiree Bassett caught the attention of bassist Doug Wimbish, who was in town throwing his annual gathering of funk and rock legends, the Wimbash. Wimbish was so impressed that he asked the then 12-year-old to sit in at the event the following day. Two years later, at just 14, Basset has won several awards, played the second stage at Ozzfest, and earned endorsements with Schecter and Peavey. Recently, Bassett cut demo tracks with Wimbish producing, and with Vernon Reid and Will Calhoun as support.

"It's pretty insane working with those heavyweights," says Bassett. "But I also have to keep my grades up. I'm on the honor roll at school."

Why do you think guitar comes so naturally to you?

When I was two-and-a-half, I started playing on a half-size Lotus guitar, and I graduated to a full-size '83 Ibanez Roadstar II when I was five. Soon after, my parents found me playing a Joe Satriani song in the kitchen, and they were speechless. Ever since I can remember, I've been spending every spare minute practicing. I practice all the time--four to six hours a day.

What types of music influence your style?

I'm still learning about rock and blues styles. I like to listen to what the new bands--like Killswitch Engage and Evanescence--are doing, but I mostly listen to Hendrix, the Allman Brothers, and Reba McEntire. I love Joe Satriani's tone. His style is my absolute favorite. …

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