Interview with Beyond The Labyrinth bass player Dominic Heynderickx
(17 December, 2016 - Pledge Music)
My name is Dominic Heynderickx, a no-nonsense and enthousiast IT professional in the professional world.
A super duper tattooed dad to 2 kidz, a loving partner to my GF and a “wanna-be”, egoless and emotional bass player in Everglow, Beyond The Labyrinth and Goosething? in the other worlds.
My emotions drive my bass playing, I can literally cry when playing a heartfelt ballad, yet I can get pumped up by playing that straight 4/4 bass pattern in a good metal/pop/rocksong.
What is your life motto ?
My life motto is Carpe Diem. Seize the day. Try to be positive even in the darkest of hours. True believer in Karma; do good, receive good.
How long have you been playing for Beyond The Labyrinth ?
Geert Fieuw asked me to join BTL somewhere around 2014 after I was getting fed up with situations in my then main band Everglow. I was getting more and more into Pink Floyd (again) and Marillion and wanted to play similar music so I turned to Geert and others in asking if he didn’t know a suitable band. The rest is history :)
In your opinion, what makes BTL unique ?
Beyond the labyrinth is a band that mixes a lot of styles I like into a unique blend. Going from raging guitars to (power)ballads. BTL’s music allows me to expand my bass playing; going from that weird and ultra-rare bass-solo (I am more of a meat-’n-potatoes bass player, holding the foundation and a groove) to that syncopating bass-guitar-drums trio.
What was your favorite song to record on “The Art Of Resilience” ?
I have more that 1 favorite, but the absolute one is Innocence Presumed. It’s a song that puts my chest under pressure…. that gets under your skin. Especially a certain chord progression gives me goosebumps from head to toe.
Tell us a bit more about your gear …
My gear is mix and match of items and materials, but I have learned to settle down a bit thanks to my significant other (grins).
I only play 5 and 6-string basses that I Frankenstein/modify myself. Not really sure if BTL will see a lot of 6-string action, but here goes:
Frankenfender 1: EMG humbucker loaded black bass with maple neck and yin/yang fret indicator
Frankenfender 2 (work in progress): Delano loaded jazz black bass with maple neck.
6 stringed matt black EMG loaded bass.
My amp is: Ashdown ABM EVO III 575 pushing a lot of air via Ashdown MAG and Toneman cabinets
I am a frequent FX user: Digitech Chorus Deluxe, Joyo Classic Phaser, EHX Bass Soul Food (overdrive), Mooer Octaver, Harley Benton D-Seed digital delay and a Boss TU-2.
Any funny stories to share ?
No funny stories so far. However…. I like the way Geert sometimes can get worked up over something that is apparently a small detail. However in Geert’s OCD obsessed world, nothing can be overlooked.