Interview with Dan “Basshanger” Martin
Dan Martin has been playing bass for nearly his entire life, including occasional tours throughout the United States, jamming with friends in various locations, home recording and more. After 20+ years of he and his merry band mates tripping over and breaking multiple guitar stands, Dan decided he’d had enough. This year, Dan celebrates the 10-year anniversary of the Basshanger.
One Louder Magazine: Hi Dan, what is the Basshanger?
Dan Martin: The Basshanger is a tool that allows you to hang a guitar or bass from the front of most Ampeg 8×10 or 6×10 cabinets.
OLM: How did you come up with the concept?
DM: I was using 8×10 cabs in my band, but didn’t always have someone to hand me a guitar between songs. It also allowed me to hang it up quickly if I was playing more than one set.
OLM: After the initial idea, what steps did you have to take to make it become a reality?
DM: Well, first it had to be road tested. I had to tweak it a few times to get it just right. Then I used it for awhile to make sure it worked. After that, a friend suggested I produce it and sell it. So I did.
OLM: From initial concept to completed product, how long did the entire process take?
DM: Approximately three years.
OLM: Ok, so why the Basshanger and not a standard guitar/bass stand?
DM: We’ve all tripped on those cheesy little stands. Basshanger allows you to get the instrument off the floor and tucked close to the cab. Plus, the Basshanger is very sturdy. Lastly, many will agree that stage space can be hard to come by; Basshanger alleviates that issue, as well.
OLM: What amps does the Basshanger work with?
DM: I designed it initially for use with the Ampeg cabs that have the “towel bar” in the back [SVT810 and SVT610], but I have done custom work for different makes and models since.
OLM: So you’ve done custom work, but are there plans to expand the line for use with other bass (or even guitar) amps that will be available to the general public?
DM: Yes, there are plans to expand and we also have prototypes in the works.
OLM: Have you seen/heard of any “rock stars” using a Basshanger?
DM: Yes! Doug [dUg] Pinnick [King’s X], Geezer Butler [Black Sabbath], Cliff Williams [AC/DC] and Del Cheetah from the band Sex Slaves just to name a few. Plus a TON of local [St. Louis, MO] and regional touring bands.
OLM: Now the ever-important question…what’s the damage?
DM: Retail is $27.99. Not too bad considering how much money we’ve all spent on folding stands throughout the years.
OLM: You’ve been doing this a long time. What is your attraction to the music industry?
DM: I’ve always loved music, ever since I was a little kid. Later on I worked at a music store that sold Ampeg. Plus, St. Louis Music [SLM] was right down the street. That’s when I came up with the idea for the Basshanger.
OLM: What is your favorite part of the job?
DM: I enjoy meeting people from all over the world via email and seeing pictures of their rig with a Basshanger on it!
OLM: What advice do you have for someone looking to work in the music industry?
DM: Don’t sleep in.
OLM: What are some of your hobbies? What do you like to do when not working?
DM: Spending time with the family, recording, jamming and writing.
OLM: The desert island question: if you were stranded on a desert island and could take the collected works of five artists, who would the five be?
DM: AC/DC, Alice In Chains, Ken Andrews, Spoon, King’s X
OLM: Who are your guilty listening pleasures?
DM: Hall & Oates and 80’s pop.
OLM: How can people find out more information about you and everything you’ve done (and are doing)?