January 1991 CCM

Tim Chandler's schedule is as it should be for talented studio musicians: busy. Fellow Da/Swirling Eddies bandmate Terry Scot Taylor once refered to him as the bass player for "every other band in the universe."

Chandler's licks have been heard on both Eddies albums, and every Daniel Amos/DA/Da project over the last decade, as well as efforts by The Choir, Randy Stonehill and Tonio K.

Chandler admits that his start with the instrument "is a very boring story." He began guitar lessons at age 10, but didn't really enjoy it. "I wanted to go out and play football with everybody else."

Lessons led to playing in jazz bands in junior high and high school, which eventually led to garage bands and club gigs around the Los Angeles area.

It wasn't until the summer of 1980, playing backup band for televangelist Dwight Thompson (with Derri Daughetry of The Choir on guitar) that Chandler met up with Taylor and ended up in DA.

His hectic schedule of playing live and studio work with other musicians "really came out of financial necessity," Chandler says. He concedes to having slowed down some over the years, but sitll finds time to play on "oddball things like demo sessions for people you've never heard of."

Chandler keeps things simple, using an Aria Pro II bass on stage and in the studio. He also owns a Hamer 12-string, but doesn't play it much. "I've never found an amp that could really power the thing," he says.

Right now, Chandler faces a dilemma in the amp department. "I used to have an Ampeg SVT cabinet that I've had since the mid-70's, but it finally blew up on me. I've always liked a lot of rattle and growl in my sound, and that amp always sounded like it was going to blow up, and it did."

Lucas Henrickson is a free-lance writer from Abilene, Texas, whose style walks the fine line between melody and rhythm. This is his first CCM feature.