#49: Nato Hickey

Bassist, Paselode 2003-2004

By the time we started Batrider I knew a lot of Wellington bands through drawing their posters so when it came time for our first gig we invited them all. One muso I was personally hoping to impress was Nato, the bassist for Paselode and a good friend: They were one of the big bands around town and he seemed like the type of guy who would tell me (and everyone else) straight up what he thought of my own bass playing.

We didn't know quite how much we didn't know. I didn't have an amp back then so I just plugged straight into the PA system. Nato said "Two things: You need an amp, and you need to tune your guitar. Apart from that, pretty good."