Lust List 2014: Jon Shea

Upright and electric bass with Infinite Groove Orchestra and Dubsmith, church assistant music director, 32, single.


What was your initial reaction to being asked to be on something called The Lust List?
I work for a church, so I was hoping it wasn’t anything too risqué.
“Every time I lay down a note, it’s inspired by love.” - TODD BATES
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  • “Every time I lay down a note, it’s inspired by love.”

What do you enjoy doing besides making and playing music?
Watching Netflix, reading.

Favorite book you’ve read recently?
There’s a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem, by Wayne W. Dyer. And the Bible, of course.

Favorite film you’ve seen recently?
I like comedies, but I’ve been watching a lot of reality TV lately. I’ve been catching up with Jersey Shore on Netflix. Kind of a guilty pleasure.

What’s the best part about being a musician?
Doing what you love, and that you're passionate about, all day. It’s like therapy, my therapy at least. No matter how crazy things gets, it still relieves stress. Not to mention you get to travel all over the world and do things you don’t normally get to do.

What’s the most memorable gig you’ve played?
I did a tour of Italy and played Umbria Jazz Festival; Herbie Hancock was the headliner. Pat Metheny was on the bill, too. The year before last, I was playing a lot in Miami [with Bobby Lee Rodgers Trio], and I got to open for Guns n’ Roses, Lenny Kravitz and the South Beach Comedy Jam with Donald Glover and Louis Black, all in one week.

What was your first concert?
Smashing Pumpkins in Jacksonville, 1998 or so.

What’s your favorite love song?
Claire de Lune by Claude Debussy, and really any romantic period classical music. I’m more of an instrumentalist, so those melodies tend to hit me harder than lyrics would.

Are any of your own songs inspired by love, lust, or an object of desire?
Every time I lay down a note, it’s inspired by love.

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How many tattoos do you have, roughly? Which one is your favorite?
Nine large ones. The one on my hand is actually quite hideous but I got it when I was 17, it reminds me of a period of my life that I don’t want to go back to, and keeps me humble.

How did you meet your last girlfriend?
At a jam session. She was a musician; that’s why I don’t think it worked out too well. She always wanted me to work on her stuff on my time off.

Have you ever dated a girl who wasn’t into music? How’d that go?
I have, it didn’t work out. I tried every spectrum, including dating a musician. She wanted me to work on her stuff more than I was working on my stuff, and she was vegan, which was a problem. I have a super high metabolism, so if I don’t eat protein I can’t function.

Stability, good moral values.

Unemployment, lack of drive.

Biggest music crush/most lust-worthy artist making music today?
Esperanza Spaulding; beautiful voice and she plays upright bass.

Excluding rent or bills, where does most of your disposable income go?
Every penny I don’t save goes to upkeep of gear and new equipment, because I do studio production.

What’s your favorite vacation spot? What about a place you’ve always wanted to travel to, and why?
Italy. I’m Italian, so it’s kind of nostalgic sitting in front of The Coliseum and realizing all my relatives probably sat in the same spot.

What’s one thing about you that may come as a surprise to people who don’t know you very well?
I’m not that crazy; I know I look like it.

What’s the one thing you most hope to accomplish this year?
I would like to produce or be a part of at least five to 10 albums. Last year, my goal was five and I made it to four.

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