Hailing from Down Under and holding the low down on bass, Alex Lee started using Bergantino gear in 2017 and has never looked back. In fact, he was the FIRST person in Australia to own the forté bass amp! Here’s Alex’s story and why he chose Bergantino.
HB: Alex, why did you choose Bergantino gear?
AL: Tremendous headroom, utmost clarity, simple yet powerful controls and aesthetically pleasing at the same time. The only brand in the world that can do it all while allowing my bass to sound exactly as it should sound. The quintessential amplification system for bass.
My first encounter with the bass was back in 2004 when I was asked to play for my church youth group band. While I always enjoyed playing the bass, it wasn’t until 2013 when I truly fell in love with the bass and decided to take my playing to the next level. My musical journey started then, and I was blessed to have met some amazing mentors along the way. I would like to acknowledge my notable mentors in music: Songkyu Kim (bassist), Daniel Sing (bassist) and William Jeoung (saxophonist). They have been hugely influential in how I play my music today, and I could not have reached where I am without them. My favorite artists include Abraham Laboriel, Alex Al, Justin Raines, Sharay Reed, Pino Palladino and Nathan East, to list just a few.
Below are the list of current bands and projects I’m involved in:
- Rio10 Trio: A Latin jazz band borrowing and mixing ideas from our favorite genres such as Bossa Nova, Swing Jazz and RnB. Currently working on our own arrangements of popular jazz standards but also working on originals which we hope to release as a single next year.
- Grain of Soul: A blues/funk driven cover band gigging in various venues around Sydney. Influenced by the likes of Eric Clapton, John Mayer, Santana, B.B. King etc.
- AKTC (Australian Korean Theatre Company): An organization annually performing popular Broadway musicals for Korean audiences in Australia. The pieces I have played on include: “Guys and Dolls”, “Godspell”, “Grease” and “The Sound of Music”
Finally, I would like to add that playing bass for God has always been my main purpose and I am still heavily involved in my church band at Sydney Full Gospel Church, serving as the band master and bassist. I am also actively involved in many other Christian events and conferences throughout Australia.
Besides playing the bass, I enjoy collecting boutique basses and am currently managing an online bass store. I also enjoy looking after my marine aquarium with my wife, Lauren, in our spare time.
Bass Store: https://www.facebook.com/bassboutiquesydney/