In this episode, Dr. Bubbs interviews Grammy nominated bassist, composer, producer, and musical director Stu “Bassie” Brooks. Stu dives into the similarities between music and high performance sport, the stress of new environments, finding inspiration in his surroundings, the importance of structure for creativity to thrive (as well as how to overcome creative roadblocks) and so much more. The parallels between music and performance are remarkable and Stu shares some deep insights and metaphors throughout the interview, as well as a glimpse into the daily habits of a high performer!
"Lay-Ups" in This Episode
1) For creativity – you need a clear head.
2) Creativity needs some structure or context to fully thrive – “a road map with spaces for the unknown”.
3) Practice – over and over again – makes you an expert in the fundamentals, which then allows you to express your elite talent (and creativity).
"Performance Hacks" From This Episode
1) Non-verbal cues are a sign of a “team” – in sport, music, or workplace, sport, music – and a common trait of elite teams
2) Putting yourself amongst people who are “more successful” or talented than you will propel your growth.
3) Even elite performers experience “stress” in new environments – embrace the unknown.
Stu’s “Blue-Bottle” method using his Travel Aeropress. Find out how to prepare at: https://bluebottlecoffee.com/preparation-guides/aeropress
About Stu Brooks
Stu Brooks is a Grammy nominated bassist, composer, producer, musical director and co-founder of the genre-bending, experimental group Dub Trio. Stu is a Canadian born/Brooklyn-based bass player, and has worked with artists such as Pretty Lights, Mike Patton, Lady Gaga, Lauryn Hill, 50 Cent, Mobb Deep, Mary J. Blige, and Tupac Shakur (posthumously). He currently serves as the bassist and musical director for Grammy nominated artist, Matisyahu and will be touring this summer in support of the new album Undercurrent set to release on May 19th. Follow Stu on Facebook or Instagram,