Rolling Stones’ Bass Player Darryl Jones Joins the K for Musicians Family

Bassist Uses KW Series for Clean, Clear, Powerful Sound 01/24/2013

Costa Mesa, CA (January 24, 2013) — QSC Audio Products, LLC is pleased to welcome bassist Darryl Jones to the rapidly expanding list of musicians who have joined the K for Musicians family. A celebrated musician who has played with some of the most acclaimed artists, in jazz, blues, and the rock music worlds, Jones is the bassist for The Rolling Stones.

Jones had his first introduction to the K Series and KW Series while on tour, interestingly, by two drummers – Omar Hakim and Dave Weckl. “Omar Hakim told me he was playing his electronic drum kit through a QSC rig and recommended it to me. Then I was out on tour with Oz Noy and Dave Weckl, who was using it for his drum monitoring system. When I heard what was he was doing with it, I asked him to hook me up with guys at QSC,” says Jones.

According to Jones, his bass rig, consisting of a pair of KW122s and a KW181 subwoofer, gives him a clean, powerful sound which is extremely versatile to suit the many different types of music he regularly plays. "Because I am involved in a lot of different kinds of music—rock and roll, electronic jazz, sounds with synth bass, solo projects with effects—I always try to find the sound that fits the music I am playing. For rock and roll sounds , I use a tube amp sound. I find that I can use the rig for really big sounds like synth bass and bass with lots of effects, sequences that I am playing along with. This works great because the QSC rig is full range. For some of the other things that I am doing, I need a more of a pure, really clean, clear, powerful sound. That’s one of the things that led me to QSC,” explains Jones.

Darryl Jones began his career performing with Miles Davis and played bass guitar on the Davis albums Decoy and You’re Under Arrest. Jones has worked with jazz artists such as Herbie Hancock, Mike Stern, John Scofield, and Steps Ahead, as well as pop and rock artists like Sting, Peter Gabriel, Madonna, and Eric Clapton. For the last 19 years, Darryl Jones has been the bassist for The Rolling Stones. In addition, he is currently working on a number of projects including Three Brave Souls with John Beasley, and rock trio called The Stone Raiders.

The Stone Raiders is a rock trio, but is kind of ‘blues forward’—it is blues-based music that is more aggressive,” adds Jones. ”The KW Series fits in well with that, because when I need to play at a high volume level, it’s clean and clear. When I want to dirty up that sound, I can add the tube amp to do that. So I can cover a lot of ground with the QSC rig.”