Josh Myers is proud to offer his open ears and big earthy bass tone to various incredible projects including Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Big Words, Heather Christian & The Arbornauts and Kinan Azmeh's CityBand. He has had the pleasure of performing in legendary venues such as the Fillmore, Lincoln Center, The Royal Opera House in Muscat Oman, Carnegie Hall, and The Library of Congress, and performed alongside such greats as John Scofield, Kenny Werner, Ralph Alessi, Wayne Krantz and Bernard Purdie.
From July 2017 Live For Live Music interview.
"I started playing music when I was about 6. I grew up outside of Boston and got into classical piano for a number of years. I never really got good at that. Right around the beginning of high school, I switched piano teachers. My new teacher was a jazz pianist. Instead of just teaching the mechanics of the piano, he was teaching the mechanics of music. That’s where I started to get really into music.
Around 16 or so, I really got into the guitar and it came very naturally to me. Then, I switched to bass about a year later, just as a hobby. This is the same story that every bass player has. There were way too many guitarists in my group of friends. I picked it up for the first time at a friend’s house, who happened to have one, and we played Cream’s “Sunshine of Your Love” for like six hours with one groove. When I got really into the electric bass, I went through all of my favorite music just playing along to it. It gave me a chance to learn different styles by different people.
By the time I got to college age, I was thinking I was going to be a jazz musician. I still play a little bit of jazz, but it’s been taken over more by the stuff I loved in high school, which was The Meters, Soundgarden, Tool. It swings back and forth, whether it’s the ’70’s funk, soul, and groove stuff that really moves me or that really heavy grunge that I just loved and would listen to in high school in my room on loop."