Amityville, N.Y., may be best remembered for the horror movie that sports its name. But the area is also home to Taking Back Sunday, a band that has sold over 2 million albums since it first hit in 2003. Matt Rubano has been a musician, and a dedicated customer of independent retailers, for many years. He talked to the Retailer just before his band played the Projekt Revolution Tour and Live Earth, which we talk about later, to delve into what it is that makes mom-and-pop shops so great and what he looks for when he shops for gear.
The Music & Sound Retailer: How did you become a bass player?
Mark Rubano: Well, I had a couple of short and unsuccessful stints on other instruments when I was younger. I played violin and guitar, had a drum set in my house for a little bit. I think the main reason I started to play the bass was that I got interested in what that other sound was besides the guitar. You know, I didn't really have a musical background so I didn't even really understand what the bass was. When I started to become aware of it was around the same time my best friend was a guitarist and was getting a lot better at playing. And I think a lot of bass players become bass players because their best friend is a guitarist and they want to play together. So that was the case for me. From there, I just sort of got really into it and the rest is history. The guy who sort of turned me on to it was a guy named Dave O'Connell, whose younger brother is Mark, the drummer in Taking Back Sunday. So it kind of comes full circle for me as far as how I got started playing.
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