June Featured Instructor – Rachel Michaud

Rachel was the bass instructor in last year’s camp and has been playing bass since she was 12 years old. She got involved in a music program in middle school and has been playing ever since! She also played the flute and currently plays the guitar, mandolin and ukulele.

Rachel currently uses an Acoustic 4×10 and 1×15 and Behringer BX4500H. She has quite a few basses including a Gretsch Electromatic, Epiphone SG, Squier Jaguar and an upright bass. To create her own hard hitting sound, she uses a Big Muff Pi for distortion.

When asked who were some of her influences, Rachel stated, “Kim Shattuck from the Muffs helped me learn how to scream/growl. I would listen to their self-titled album to and from work for months practicing and mimicking her voice. She has this amazing skill to go from singing to growling and back again. Kathleen Hanna and Bikini Kill have just been a huge impact on the type of music that I listen to and write. I found Bikini Kill during college and they really sent me down this amazing rabbit hole of other female artists/bands and the riot grrrl movement.”

Some of her favorite hobbies include going to shows, discovering new music, reading, binging on Netflix and spending time with her cat.

Her favorite part of camp last year was the showcase. “I don’t get to spend as much time as I would like with the campers during the week, but I get to see them first thing Monday morning and then at the end of the week at the showcase. It is such an amazing experience watching the girls grow and become so confident being on stage, they really come into their own.”

When asked what advice she would give to those that are interested in playing the bass, Rachel states, “Bassists get a really bad rap, they don’t get as much attention as they should and I really want to change that. It may look intimidating and big, but it’s a really versatile instrument. If you are interested in playing bass, experiment with it, try pedals, different band setups (no guitar, two bass players). The bass doesn’t always have to be in the background. Have fun with it!”


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