Youtuber Davide Biale, more commonly known by his YouTube handle, Davie504, is not your average bass player. He started playing bass in his high school days, being a big Kiss fan, he took to bass after following his inspiration Gene Simmons.
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Back in early 2011 Biale created his YouTube channel under the name Davie504, which he used as a launch pad for some very unconventional covers. These include covering the Red Hot Chilli Peppers with, well, a chilli pepper and Korn with corn. As part of his connection with his now mind boggling 9 million subscribers, he takes requests from them to challenge his bass playing skills, one of which saw him take on a five-hour, uninterrupted bass solo, which the mere thought makes my hands hurt.
Biale is truly an individual talent in the realm of bass guitar players, even tackling a technically advanced riff which artist Deadmau5 thought was impossible. Biale is a bit of a deadpan character, but in the best sense. His purposeful manner in which he behaves on his videos always brings a smile due to the comedic nature of his personality. He is light-hearted and yet at the same time, feux-serious. He is never afraid to take on challenges which some musicians would look at and either dismiss or pass on, due to the complexity of the challenge.
Biale released a video in November 2017 which features him tackling the “Godzilla” bass guitar. The “Godzilla” for those who don’t know is a huge 24 string bass guitar, which is a one of a kind in the world. It’s safe to say that Biale is a natural, his fingers flying up and down the frets as if the beast of a bass was a common or garden four string. Biale manages to make the solo performance look seamless, sporting a leather jacket and a smirk on his face he smashes out a truly awesome funk solo, switching up between finger plucking, strumming and slapping.
Biale is an artist deserving of his huge following and has a close relationship with his 9 million strong following, who he calls “Slappers” after the classic slap bass style.
After having a YouTube career that has lasted a decade, he has put his heart and soul into his performances which are clearly shown through his use of music as a method of connecting with his audience.