Eva Gardner and her custom Fender bass are responsible for carrying the bottom end of P!nk’s epic touring productions, using Lectrosonics wireless kit to ensure her tone and the integrity of her sound is perfectly captured.
“My dad opened up a British pub in LA – bringing a bit of home to Hollywood, so I grew up in a pub around a bunch of musicians and entertainers. I just knew from an early age that that's what I wanted to do as well,” says bassist Eva Gardner, who’s currently locked down in LA.
Her father was an integral part of the British Invasion in the ‘60s and ‘70s, and was the bassist in The Creation, The Birds, and Ashton, Gardner and Dyke. When engineer and producer Andy Johns (Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton) brought a Pignose amplifier and bass guitar over to the family home, it only seemed natural to pass the bass-shaped torch onto a14 year old Eva.
“I never had any doubt about which instrument I wanted to play,” she asserts, adding that she thinks the bass is an underrated instrument. “A lot of times people start on guitar and then they move to the bass, but I went straight to the bass.”
Deciding to further her musical studies, Eva attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, later graduating from UCLA with honours with a degree in Ethnomusicology. Her professional career began when she toured and recorded as the original bassist in The Mars Volta. Since then, Eva has performed and toured with numerous artists worldwide – notably with P!nk when she became her touring bassist from 2007 onwards.
Eva remembers her P!nk audition vividly:
“I was working at the pub and I got a call from a musical director. I was working with my mum that day and I said, ‘Hey mum, I have an audition across the road. Can I take off for about half an hour? Will you watch the bar for me?’ I slung my bass around my back and ran across the street and did the audition. I got a call the next day, and I happened to be in a movie when the musical director called me, so I was in there for a couple of hours.
"I had this message when I got out of the film that said, ‘Hey Eva, great news – you've got the gig. But if you don't call me back within the next 10 minutes, I'm giving it to the next person’. I'm like, ‘Oh my God, I've been in a movie for two hours, did I just totally blow this?’ So of course I rang them up as quickly as my fingers would allow, and he picked up and he said, ‘Hey, what's up? I was just messing with you. You got the gig’. I think I had a bit of a heart attack!”
Eva was promptly sent four albums worth of material to learn and was told to pack for three months for the summer tour – that kicked off just three days later.
“[P!nk] is unparalleled as a person as much as she is a performer; she's just one of a kind. What an honour to be sharing a stage with her... just to be part of her team has been nothing but a gift.”