I felt the 'itch' at 5 ,and started playing music at 8 years old in elementary school. I played Upright Bass,Guitar,and Drums at various times for 7 years,until discovering electric bass at 15. The guitar/drums background,although barely at the intermediate level at the time,layed a really great foundation for me as a bass player. My 'view' is a bit wider and deeper rhythmically and melodically then it would have been,had I started on my primary instrument. As a child I was a strict 'rocker' (: so Upright Bass didn't take.
I've been a diligent student of music for over 30 years,and I'd like to think I know a few things about it by now. :)
What gear do you use?
I play Spector Basses exclusively. I have the ReBop 4 DLX-EX,Piezo 4,and the Legend 5 Classic. I use Dean Markley Blue Steel Bass Strings,and I plug into Hartke Amplification. I'm fortunate enough to have artist endorsements with all three of the above companies. I'm also an experienced engineer with a home Prol Tools Studio.
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
I've played in all conceivable types of ensembes playing all styles.
Right now I'm a freelance live performance/session bassist,media music composer,as well as a solo artist with a new CD,the self titled 'Kenny Weydener'. It was released in January 2012 and has been gaining worldwide attention.
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
Not the very biggest,but so far the most memorable (and probably 2nd or 3rd biggest) was roughly 1545 people at The Shubert Theatre in Manhattan. The smallest was surely 0,unless you count the bar staff. We've all surely been there. Too many of those to mention,although not in many years.