PROFESSIONAL PERFORMANCE
GRADE: 5
ARTIST: Alien Ant Farm
SONG: 'Smooth Criminal'

ROCK & POP BASS SESSIONS: 'SMOOTH CRIMINAL', ALIEN ANT FARM - WITH DAVID KYLE PAYNE

Watch session bassist David Kyle Payne put his spin on 'Smooth Criminal' by Alien Ant Farm. David played Alien Ant Farm’s version of ‘Smooth Criminal’ at countless school assemblies. A fast song with a lot of semiquavers in it, he thinks it’s deceptively hard to play accurately. ‘I have to say, the speed at which this song is played really made me have to up my game and I’m grateful that I had to learn it at such a young age.’

David Kyle Payne is a session bass player based in London and is currently on tour with Joe McElderry. He’s worked with artists including Craig David, Sigala, Nina Nesbitt and Lucy Spraggan, and has played venues such as the O2 Arena, Camden Roundhouse and festivals including Reading, V Festival, and Glastonbury. Read our interview with David to hear more about his career as a bassist.





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