The fifth episode of the Bass Freq’s Podcast features Nick “Shinz” Schendzielos. Graced with an incredibly fast thumb, he brings double-thumb, tapping, slapping, chords, and fingerstyle techniques to thrash and death metal—genres whose bass players have traditionally only used fast fingers and pick strokes.

Nick complements his deadly serious chops with a killer sense of humor, and through it all, his intense dedication to craft, finding great tone, and creating great music keeps him motivated. Currently, you can hear his complex low-end grooves in the music of Job For A Cowboy and Cephalic Carnage, to which he also lends his vocals. In the past, he’s also played with Havok and  Vimana.

Host Josh Paul catches up with Nick Schendzielos on technique, gear, and ways to stay inspired and collaborate with others. Listen to the Bass Freq’s Podcast now, wherever you listen to podcasts, and subscribe so that you can hear from more great guests every week.