The electric bass is an instrument that is capable of representing diverse styles such as reggae, gospel, blues, country & western, jazz, hip hop, and heavy metal with equal conviction. In styles such as funk, the bass is a lead instrument, busy in the note department and up in the mix, while in other styles it can sit unassumingly in the pocket and often lower in the final mix.
NAfME visited California-based, professional electric bassist James Amelio Pulli. Currently James is with the hard rock band Impellitteri, who record for the Italian record label Frontiers Records. He also plays the casino, state fair, and club circuit out west in an AC/DC tribute act called Bonfire.