Now that his first show with the band is out of the way, Pyrite Parachute is officially announcing the addition of our new bass player, Scott Housey. Over the past six months the band has been working towards finding a permanent low-end resident for both stage shows and studio work. After auditions and much deliberation, Scott has been welcomed aboard. You’ll be able to catch Scott at all of Pyrite Parachute’s shows and upcoming recordings.
I recently sat down with Scott to let folks get to know him a little better. Following is our conversation:
Donnie: Scott, we’re excited to have you aboard! Hopefully you’ve enjoyed your time during the audition process and up through your first show with us. So tell us, where are you originally from?
Scott: I was born in Birmingham, Alabama and grew up in nearby Alabaster.
Donnie: Have you lived anywhere else?
Scott: I have only lived out of state once, while I was in the Navy. I was stationed on the aircraft carrier USS America. During that time I had an apartment in Hampton, Virginia just outside the main gate of Langley Air Force Base.
Donnie: Where did you get your start playing bass?
Scott: I was a tuba and baritone player in middle school. Mr. Hood, the high school band director, told my dad that I was going to be the bass player in the high school jazz band. My dad said, “1: Scott does not own a bass, and; 2: Scott does not know how to play bass.” Mr. Hood replied, “Scott will learn the bass and you are going to buy him one.”
Donnie: So that’s how you ended up with a bass in your hands! Do you play any other instruments?
Scott: I live in a very musical household. Everyone plays an instrument or two. My wife plays piano, clarinet and guitar. My sons play many instruments as well. I can play a little on all of our instruments (except maybe the bagpipes) but I am really only comfortable on the bass.
Donnie: From your perspective, what was the process of auditioning for, and eventually getting invited to play with, Pyrite Parachute?
Scott: I was nervous beforehand. I haven’t been an official member of a band in almost 20 years. But when I got to the audition everyone made me feel right at home and I was able to relax a little.
Donnie: The rest, I guess, is history, huh? So what are some of the most interesting musical experiences you’ve had?
Scott: My most gratifying moment of my music career was back in high school. Our jazz band was selected to compete in a jazz contest in New Orleans. I had a short slap bass solo in one of the more funky songs and I ended up bringing home the “Outstanding Soloist” award. At the time, I didn’t think that I was even going to be considered for the award.
Donnie: Nice! Maybe we can get you back to New Orleans to win some more awards! Is there anything else you’d like for people to know about you before we close out?
Scott: I have been married to my high school (and middle school) sweetheart Alysia “Ed” Housey for over 20 years and I would not be a part of this band without her supporting and motivating me to pursue my musical career.