That 1 Guy: New Gear/Tour

THAT 1 GUY Debuts New 'Magic Pipe' Instrument
With extensive U.S. and Canadian tour beginning on January 30

That 1 Guy
"That 1 Guy brought the concept of the one-man band into the 21st century." - The Washington Post

Uniquely talented one-man band, That 1 Guy, is launching a 50+ date tour through Canada and the northern and eastern United States on January 30. The tour comes fresh off the heels of That 1 Guy's acclaimed fall tour with Buckethead. Stepping back out on his own is nothing new for That 1 Guy, but this time he's doing it with a brand new version of his self-designed instrument, The Magic Pipe. "We're not talking about a rub, polish & tweak – we're talking all new high grade aluminum and phosphor bronze, machined by the same machinist responsible for the Phoenix Mars Lander," says Mike Silverman, aka That 1 Guy. "I can do a whole range of new techniques with this new pipe," states Silverman. "It's more refined, I have a wider range of sounds and pitch. I can get the whole thing to move in a completely new way."

A classically trained upright bassist who won several jazz scholarships and competitions, Mike became one of the most original and in-demand upright bass players in the 90's progressive jazz scene. At the peak of his powers, Mike was developing and utilizing techniques that were previously thought impossible on the upright bass. Often getting hired as a one-man-rhythm-section, he would function as a bassist, drummer, and entire mini-orchestra simultaneously.

Silverman's self-taught percussive technique — banging the strings and the instrument's body — led him to develop the Magic Pipe. Eventually frustrated by the inability to get all the sounds in his head from the upright bass, he built a system of electronically wired, steel plumbing, shaped somewhat like a harp, with a thick bass string wired from top to bottom and a hole that billows smoke during the climax of his live shows. Adding an electric cowboy boot plugged in and played like an African talking drum and an electrified musical handsaw, Silverman evolved into That 1 Guy, playing everything with his hands and feet while incorporating such disparate influences as Dr. Seuss, Captain Beefheart, Frank Zappa, Rube Goldberg and Stanley Kubrick. He would never play a conventional bass in concert again. "So much of my music has an indigenous, tribal feel to it, based on rhythms from around the world," he says. "These last few tours, I've really noticed it taking off," says Silverman about the response to That 1 Guy's live show. "People are starting to grab onto it and come back, bringing five or 10 others with them. It's just growing exponentially."

Click here for a quick peak of That 1 Guy's live show.

For a complete list of That 1 Guy's extensive tour schedule, click here.

[Published on: 1/27/09]

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Conjugal Burning starstarstarstarstar Tue 1/27/2009 09:29AM
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Conjugal Burning

that one guy rips!!!

beybebe Tue 1/27/2009 09:55AM
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that 1 guy "can do a whole range of new techniques" with his new pipe. could not have been set up any better if i asked for it.

evandw starstarstar Tue 1/27/2009 10:08AM
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"That 1 Guy brought the concept of the one-man band into the 21st century." - The Washington Post

I guess the Washington Post has never heard of Keller Williams.

Wonka27 Tue 1/27/2009 10:17AM
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He plays a very fun live show, I cant wait till he gets to philly.

gmoo Tue 1/27/2009 10:20AM
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I need a large plate of weasel potpie soon. I'll take That 1 Guy over KW any day of the week. Papa Pete's in Kzoo should be grand.

iwantstogetfunkedup starstarstarstarstar Tue 1/27/2009 10:39AM
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Mike Silverman is sick! He's from my hometown of Danville, CA and I grew up watching his original band The Fabulous Hedgehogs, where Mike tore up the upright bass and vocals. Not sure if you can get there cds anymore but if you like That 1 Guy you would dig his full band stuff from early '90s. Our little town keeps kicking out the bass players. Danville also produced Todd Sickafoose that plays bass for Ani Difranco among others and his own jazz stuff which is great. I play bass too, but noones heard of me...YET! I'm working on it. And Danville kicked out Captain Sully that landed the plane in the Hudson River! Sorry gettin a little prideful here...

Benjamin Human Tue 1/27/2009 11:13AM
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There's no such thing as a quick peak.

Flat5 Tue 1/27/2009 11:40AM
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I'm sold! bring it!

DAMONCORY starstarstarstarstar Tue 1/27/2009 12:12PM
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This 1 guy puts on a great show. He plays around here alot.

"I think his manager or label or something is based in the Twin Cities"

Not something I would go see for a multi night run, but I go about once a year for something VERY different from you average touring band. Check him out.

Kemosloppy Tue 1/27/2009 01:16PM
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im down. ive heard nothing but good things.

irtimed Tue 1/27/2009 01:34PM
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danalog Tue 1/27/2009 01:41PM
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keller blows.

PunkJazz star Tue 1/27/2009 02:17PM
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That 1 guy made a cool instrument but ripped of claypools writing style. I had to leave his show at high sierra because I found myself singing 'long in the tooth" to one of his songs... he totally lifted it. He should go back to playing jazz on upright.

shinjuku starstarstarstar Tue 1/27/2009 02:42PM
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thank you danalog for the dooshy post. go see that one guy!!

insignia starstarstarstarstar Tue 1/27/2009 03:46PM
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Some of the midwest has HEATBOX opening. This dude rips just as hard. Hes from a town in Wis like 10mins away from me. The best beat/vocal boxing youll every hear. There is no way you wont be surprised an this dudes talent

msudtg Tue 1/27/2009 04:51PM
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ok... I know that 40% of Americans are functionally illiterate... but, dooshy? Is that supposed to be from the word Douche? Or, doosh, as you would say.

FunkLizard Tue 1/27/2009 05:55PM
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That 1 Guy is awesome. One of the coolest, down to earth musicians I've ever had the chance to meet. Did an interview with him last year for the school newspaper! Missed him at Langerado due to that dickhead Claypool sucking me in

G.Starr starstarstarstarstar Tue 1/27/2009 08:00PM
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great show, looking forward to albany in march. sweet to see something different now and then...

TrempLO Tue 1/27/2009 08:08PM
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i was lucky enough to check out 2 sets at fat fest last year once at night and the following during the day and at first i was like whatever i dont know what the big deal because EVERYONE was saying how they cant wait for the sets, but as the show progressed and the songs got really funky i found myself dancing around like a maniac(eh i guess you can say there was a little intoxication goin on)and after his day show he sat on the hill with all of us and watched the bands that played after him and he was a really nice guy

PunkJazz Tue 1/27/2009 08:15PM
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Claypool has become increasingly cranky in the past few years... i have begun to limit the number of shows i see because i dont want to listen to him bitch to/about a fan base that he created w/ primus, that gets drunk and thrashes around at his solo shows. but still i cant see myself paying money to see a "guy" that's riding the coattails of a very multifaceted and creative individual. However, i would love to hear that "guy" play upright... im sure he tears it down!

Detroit Funk starstarstarstarstar Tue 1/27/2009 09:55PM
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Detroit Funk

I've seen him open for buckethead twice. The dude is awesome. I'm pumped to hear what he can do with the new set up. Here's some video I took from that tour last fall..

Benjamin Human Wed 1/28/2009 07:53AM
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90% of all statistics are made up on the spot.

mudbuddy11 Wed 1/28/2009 09:48AM
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mike stopped and talked to me and my son at wakarusa((cool hat)), and I think this is one of the coolest up-and-comers around. One guy, by himself, doing stuff youve never seen before. It is so fun... and mike seems like one of the nicest guys in show biz. I will be honest here at jambase, if I think something is worthwhile, I'll tell you. If I think something sucks, I'll tell you. This guy is totally worthwhile.

downanddown starstarstarstarstar Sat 3/14/2009 06:06PM
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Good review! Thoughtful and critical. For those of you bothered by the drug references, you are probably also bummed that the shows don't take place in a church. Drugs are at these shows. It's a fact. Honesty is nice. I mean I love to go to bars but I don't drink, I go for the conversation.

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