Many musicians have gone on tour. Not many musicians have gone on tour… on a bike.
Who is Felipe Gomez?
“I am a life enthusiast, a music lover, a teacher and a traveler. When I say I love music, I am sharing with you all the music that I have created in the last ten years, countless hours of practice, the elation of playing full crowd shows, yet also playing empty bars where, if there wasn’t a bartender, I would be playing for myself.
When I was first new to music I didn’t think there was much to learn. I now embrace the idea of perpetual learning, however, when I first started playing music I was not a natural! All the other kids were learning fancy chords, and I was struggling to even tune my guitar. But the innocence of youth gave me the tenacity to pursue music and I became the player I always wanted to be.
I wanted to be a bass artist. My dad suggested I become a music teacher. At the time, I wasn’t really convinced, but now I know it was one of the better decisions I have made. By teaching, I learned to also be taught (and so began my perpetual learning with music). As a consequence of that something called life, I accepted a position teaching kindergarten in Canada. I became fascinated with the kids carefree attitude and lack of fear about the future.”
The Inspiration for the Bike and Bass Tour
“The inspiration that came from the children became one of the main motivations leading me to complete a 3000 km solo bike ride across western Canada, as a fundraiser for Autism Speaks in the summer of 2013.”
About the Tour
Felipe started his 2014 journey in Saskatoon, SK with the final stop in St. John’s, NFLD; a distance of over 7000 km. Felipe’s bike carries him, his custom bass guitar designed specifically for this tour, his Roland MICRO CUBE GX amp, and not much else. He lives on the modest budget of $10.00 a day, and sleeps wherever he can – sometimes in the bush, sometimes with people who have opened up their home to him. Felipe raises money by putting on what he calls “Bass Ninja” workshops where he shares his approach to playing the bass, and in return learns from other musicians along the way.
Felipe is promoting and raising money for Early Childhood Education, with the goal of raising $10,000 for the United Way.
“I believe that good quality education for kids is a fundamental pillar to equal opportunities for the adults of the future. I am a traveling man, thirsty to see the world with my own eyes! Music has been my translator, my chef, my ticket to other countries, and my best friend.”
Learn more about Felipe
The Tour: Follow the Bike and Bass tour at www.bikeandbasstour.ca.
The Band: Check out the band at www.thebassinvaders.ca.
The Music: Listen to Felipe and The Bass Invaders on www.thebassinvaders.ca.
Twitter: Follow Felipe on Twitter @bikeandbasstour.
Facebook: Get updates on the Bike and Bass tour on Facebook.
Donate: Help Felipe reach is goal of $10,000 for the United Way.