A freelancer of over 2500 gigs since 1996, I have played in hundreds of bands/sessions from pubs to clubs to theatres to arenas. Touring has taken me all over the world and to many styles of music. Currently I live on the East Coast of the UK and still record tracks for people worldwide via the internet, and I still gig every week in many different bands in between lecturing for Canterbury Christchurch University.
Mauricio Morales, nick named “Mo” or “Motown”, is a born and raised Nor Cal local. Mo quickly discovered a deep love for music and skateboarding, pursuing both actively starting in his early teens. The Nor Cal skate scene along with a deep urge for rebellion, shaped his early musical desires, yet ironically his first actual musical performance involved him backing a local seasoned guitar player on bass covering tunes by Buddy Holly and The Crickets, Tom Petty, and Neal Young. The young dreamer soon began forming different bands throughout high school. Soon after graduating high school he joined Reservoir, a heavy hard rock band and began playing the local bar scene at age 19. Reservoir soon disbanded only to re-emerge as Head Trip Legacy a Tool influenced rock band with Mo again holding down the bass end. This too eventually met its end after a short stint of local bars and house parties. Then teaming up with former guitarist of HTL, Justin Lundgren, he and Mauricio formed Mudstone another heavy rock band. Mo played in this band for over 4 years cutting his chops and playing shows. He eventually parted ways with Mudstone and with the help of his good friend and former drummer of Mudstone, Damo, formed a new three piece band called Third Class Citizen, a high energy punk style band with a classic rock singer. This too eventually came to an end with the leaving of the lead singer/guitarist. Mo and Damo continued looking for a replacement front man and at long last met Anthony Savedra. Anthony brought his reggae rock with sublime style voice to the table and the three quickly jelled. “From the first practice we knew we had something special.” They decided to give it a go and immediately began practicing and writing, and within 12 months had an 11 song self-released album out boasting the bands new name, Clever Fool. Clever Fool has been playing out from Yuba City to Sacramento to Chico, Redding, Nevada City, San Jose and even all the way in Santa Cruz
I’ve been playing bass since 2008. I have played in the church scene all my life. I grew up playing Contemporary Christian Music (CCM). My goal when playing CCM was to bring the groove from the music that I loved (funk, jazz, soul) and add it to the music that I played in church. People are thrown off when they watch me play because even though I’m white, I add soul to everything that I do. People tell me all the time “you play like an old black man,” even though I’m just a young white guy. Currently, I play for Emory Diggs, who is one of the background singers for Tye Tribbett and the worship pastor for Freedom Fellowship in Virginia Beach. I have backed Bethel artist William Matthews. I also play with a local jazz band called Licita.
The feeling of these strings is what stands out to me the most. MJC strings honestly feel lighter than they actually are. They are able to get the tone that I like in a lighter feeling string. They make complicated runs and slapping so much easier than strings I have tried in the past. I use the Nickel Plated Light Gauges on my 5 string Fodera Emperor. I couldn’t be happier with them.
I was in a signed new metal band Cinder from 2005 to 2014. I recorded two records, played on many shows and festivals with them. Playing with bands like Chevelle, Stained, Skindred, Cold to name a few. I am currently in a cover band named Soapy Tuna playing all around our area 5 to 6 nights a week. I also do quite a bit of studio session work. Everything from pop to metal to country. I also recently did a couple big country festivals in Casey Weston’s band opening for the likes of Big And Rich, Hank Williams Jr, and Reba McEntire.
I tried MJC Ironworks strings for the first time a few weeks ago. I fell in love imediately. The tone, the tension, the brightness and the overall feel made me an instant convert. Ive played them all. Rotosound , DR , D’adarrio you name it. Usually the E string on any set loses its brightness and clankyness in the first two days. On these, two weeks out still great! Thank you your new fan.
Bassist for Pluto’s Revenge, an established classic rock/original band from Nashville TN. Winners of the 97.1 Classic Hits House Band contest. Selected from over 100 bands to be the House Band for the station, playing numerous radio functions in 2011. Have played in numerous bands that have opened for Adrian Belew and the Charlie Daniels Band. Played bass on an indie artist CD featuring guitarist Audley Freed.
“I put a lot of wear on every set of strings I play. I love the wide tonal range and extended lifespan these strings offer. Highly recommend them.