Bassist/Producer Scott Wilson, who, after over six years, and as the band’s second longest standing member, recently announced his departure from Tantric. Wilson is now the bassist for SAVING ABEL and is currently writing a new album with the band. Scott was nice enough to take time out of his busy schedule and do an interview with us at XS ROCK.
XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
Scott Wilson: Thanks for asking Saving Abel is in the process of writing a new record right now. We have been tracking ideas and have been putting together some amazing material.
XS ROCK: How long has Saving Abel been together?
Scott Wilson: The band started in 2004
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band?
Scott Wilson: Music is more or less something that chose me. I just chose to stick with it. It’s part of what makes us who we are as people (the musician part). We couldn’t stop if we tried.
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Scott Wilson: They both have amazing rewards. When you play live you get to see faces light up when you start the songs they came to hear. You feel the emotion of the crowd. It’s a huge rush. We also love to talk to all the people who took their time and money to come see us play. That’s a huge part of why we tour. The recording and creation part is the side where the inward nerd gets to come out. We are like mad scientists just trying tones and different instrumentations so that the songs are the best they can be. I really enjoy that part as well.
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road?
Scott Wilson: There are millions of stories for sure. Many of them are outrageous for sure. Just a few months ago one of my childhood friends came to a show. He is now a pediatrician and family man. He came and watched us play and in the middle of the show climbs the barricade runs up and propelled himself on stage in the middle of the show and was jumping up and down waving his arms. After the show I went looking for my fiancé, Christina and couldn’t find the doc or her. When they return I hear from the security of the festival that he had stolen a golf cart and ran it thru the beer garden and more or less had kidnapped Christina ! (They had a good time I think). Makes me laugh every time I think about that one.
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
Scott Wilson: Not long ago a guy asked me to sign his headliner of his car. Odd
XS ROCK: Were your parents supportive of your aspirations to play in a rock band?
Scott Wilson: Well…. my parents were business minded people, very logical. So in my early years, to them the thought of becoming a professional musician: let alone make a good living from it didn’t seem possible. They always encouraged me to pursue my education and go the corporate route. They now understand it’s possible and come to shows on occasion.
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Scott Wilson: Oh man. Face down is one of my favorites. It’s very busy bass line so I have to be on my toes.
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform?
Scott Wilson: Oh man there are so many. When I was a child I listened to a lot of classic country. Players like Jerry Reed were some of my earliest music memories. Years later I was invited to go to a concert at our local high school football stadium. It was a band called Exile. Those guys are from my hometown. They had a homecoming concert and everyone in the city came to see them. After the show my dad was asked if I would like to come meet the band. They took me on a tour bus and everyone in the band took a lot of time to talk to me. I had just watched the entire city cheer for these guys. So as a kid my eyes were as big as saucers. It was that moment that I said to myself I would love to do this. Now, I study a lot of players styles Jaco, Victor Wooten , Tony Franklin , Dave Pomeroy … the list is endless.
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
Scott Wilson: Oh man. I would want to tour Australia with Karnivool and Metallica. That would be a musical blast!
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Scott Wilson: Making a living as a musician is a big one. Ha ha, but Being able to touch people’s lives thru music.
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
Scott Wilson: Well I love building things and framing houses.
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
Scott Wilson: I use Ernie Ball Musicman basses I love playing my “Bongo” models but also use a neck thru stingray a lot.
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
Scott Wilson: Rock ‘n’ roll is making a strong come back. I start seeing the younger generation coming to concerts again so that makes me believe live shows are making a huge comeback. Music is and has always gone in circles. So a lot of the music that I grew up on style wise is making a huge comeback now.
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
Scott Wilson: I’m a huge outdoors-man. I love hiking, mountain biking, snowboarding and camping. My fiancé and I are always trying to do anything outdoors. Oh and of course we love to travel the world and explore.
XS ROCK: If someone had never heard you before, how would you describe your sound?
Scott Wilson: I believe Scotty Austin our singer says it best. “We are an American rock ‘n’ roll band.”
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Scott Wilson: Well I would like to say if anyone ever wants to come to a show at our venue in Colorado Springs I’d love to shake your hand there as well. It’s called Sunshine Studios Live. Saving Abel is about to embark on a tour with the band (Soil). Coming up in September and October!