Up-and-coming bass guitarists, Llewelyn Chetty is making magic up and down the frets and strings of his bass guitar and this has put Chetty in demand as a local session musician. A former student of the UKZN school of music he has many theatre productions and shows under his belt and has worked with numerous artists and bands both nationally and internationally. Chetty usually performs on the Sunday Beats stage at Suncoast Casino Hotels and Entertainment. The talented guitarist recently chatted about his story with The Weekly Gazette.

WG: Do you come from a musical background?
LC: My uncle and cousins are all musicians so music has been a very prominent soundtrack in my life.

WG: How old were you when you first picked up a musical instrument?
LC: 13.

WG: What was your first musical instrument?
LC: I first learnt to play an acoustic guitar before moving onto the bass.

WG: Where have you showcased your bass-guitar skills?
LC: Apart from playing with various bands, I have also performed with orchestras in the Starlight Pop
Opera Concerts and in theatre musicals, including Hairspray
and Legally Blonde, at the Snedden Theatre in Durban.

WG: Can you do any name-dropping?
LC: I have performed with many local bands and artists such as Natalie Rungan, Burton Naidoo, Neil Gonsalves, SAMA nominees Heels Over Head, Melvyn Peters, Dane Francis, Martin Sigamoney, Jae and Liana Barciela, just to name a few.

WG: Do you have a day job or are you a full-time musician?
LC: I am very blessed that I can devote all my time to my musical passion and have opportunities to perform in Cape Town and Johannesburg too.

WG: Are there any famous bass players who have influenced your music?
LC: There are some fabulous bass guitarists in the US who I admire including the legendary late Jaco Pastorius, Grammy award-winner Victor Wooten and John Patitucci
(jazz bassist).

WG: If you could collaborate or perform on stage with any famous band or musician who would it be?
LC: Most definitely Toto!

WG: What is your outlook on life?
LC: My passion and determination allows me to continue to work hard and always strive to be the best.

WG: What type of music will you be playing at Sunday Beats?
LC: My band and I will be performing a combination of jazz and pop to entertain the crowd.