Featured Artist: LaMarquis Jefferson
LaMarquis “Marq” Jefferson received his first bass—a Höfner Beatle Bass—when he was just eleven years old. One of the founders of the Atlanta music scene, LaMarquis has played bass and produced sessions for OutKast, Jermaine Dupree, Lil Jon, and Usher among many, many others. After a career of high points, he is probably best known for helping to create the music—and the Bootsy-like envelope filter bass line—for “Waterfalls,” the TLC R&B classic.
We talked to LaMarquis about his Sadowsky basses, how he likes his instruments set up, and what it takes to be a professional musician.
How did you first hear about Sadowsky?
Almost 20 years ago, I first heard about Sadowsky basses while reading an article on Marcus Miller’s sound and read that Roger was the man responsible. I was on a quest to acquire one ever since!
What Sadowsky instruments are you currently using and why?
I’m STILL using my first Sadowsky NYC that I found used on eBay 20 years ago and I’m still VERY happy with it! I also recently acquired a unique bass Roger made for me. It’s a reverse headstock Will Lee and I absolutely love it!
What are your preferred control settings (pan, tone, bass, treble, etc.)?
I prefer the volume full on, the pan dead center, passive tone at 50%, and bass/treble both dead even at around 30-40%. With this setting I can get a good round finger tone and a nice bite when I thump/pluck.