Doug Underwood is the bass guitarist for the Christian Rock band OZIAS, based in Beaumont, Texas. …As introduction to his interview, Doug states: “I’ve been called a ‘Jack of all trades’, and I always add to that ‘master of none’. I guess I get tagged with that because I am a thirty-five year old husband and father of two, who seems to be involved in as much as I am able. Never has there been a duty or task I shunned or turned down. In the Christian and Church circles this is a, ummm, how do I say…’dangerous’ place to be, as there is always something going or doing in an effort to meet the call that God has placed on many. Since being found by Christ in November 1992, I have been actively serving and following His lead. Cast almost directly into ministry at eighteen as a youth leader and chaperon, you find me eighteen years later with the same zeal and devotion of that immature baby Christian. While the hats have changed over the years, the one constant for me has been music. The story goes like this…August, 1992, I bought an acoustic guitar; November, 1992, God came and arrested me out of the world; August, 1993, I committed my life to Christ, taught myself to play guitar, started a band, cut my teeth ministering behind an Ovation ™ guitar and microphone, watched a band fall apart, and moved into many other projects, which led me to fill the position of bass player in the Southeast Texas Christian Rock band, Ozias.“
More Interview Excerpts:
SPORKETTE: Do you think a metronome is a required tool for the beginning bass player, and why or why not?
DOUG UNDERWOOD: I don’t think it is an absolute, but I’ve found it does help. For me, I have never used one for playing, but we have recently started using one in Ozias during practices. The drummer uses a headset with the metronome piped in. Once he gets use to it, it’s amazing how more solid our songs sound. They asked me if I wanted it once, and I told them, ‘No, if Cody (drummer) is on beat, I’ll be on beat.’ So far, that thought is working. It does take some time to get the whole song down when you have a ‘beep, beep, beep, bop’ leading the tempo, but it is amazingly tight and timed when you get it. Because we’re retraining ourselves on the songs, it is a work in progress.
SPORKETTE: How did you become the bass guitarist for the Christian Rock band Ozias?
DOUG UNDERWOOD: Joshua Rogers is the front man of Ozias…and someone I have known for a number of years now. We’ve served together as Youth Pastor (me) and Youth Praise leader (Josh), for almost three years, and in and out of different projects for about five. So when he teamed up with the guys in Ozias, I was excited to see him in another active band. I believe Josh mentioned – one day in February 2009 – that their current bass player would be stepping down. I asked for a try out, got it, and was invited to do a church service with them that week. Since then, I have been playing the bass.
SPORKETTE: Of the original songs performed by Ozias, which is your favorite as a bass player…and why?
DOUG UNDERWOOD: ‘Lips And Lives‘ is a lot of fun to play, for its solid verse breakdown and the turn around from the chorus. But, as a bass player, I really enjoy ‘I Will Go‘; it is the heaviest of Ozias‘ line up…heavy as in Heavy Metal. It has a great message wrapped inside…this really driving, grab you by the throat sound. This song is always way better live, because Josh’s vocals really get out there. The beat keeps driving you to the edge, and then…there is that nifty bass solo. (Toot!)
Bass Guitarist for Southeast Texas Christian Rock band Ozias.