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I’m Kyle Nagel and This is How I Play

kyle nagel bass guitar young pandas head shotKyle Nagel is a bass player’s bass player. The bass player held down the bass chair for the neo-soul band
Young Pandas, for forthcoming band Foggy Goggles and serves as the musical director of Mannequin the Band. It’s a lot of bass playing, but Nagel is the man for the job.

Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Nagel graduated from Mcnally/Smith College of Music in St. Paul, Minnesota where he studied electric and double bass performance. After graduating music school, Nagel moved to Austin, Texas where he continued to perform and eventually met Mike Maven, co-founder, singer and guitar player for Young Pandas, a band the two set up upon moving to Providence, Rhode Island.

Though involved in many projects, Young Pandas is the first place to start to acquaint yourself with Nagel’s playing. A mix of smooth, bouncy and supportive, Kyle’s playing is certainly what keeps Young Pandas grounded and grooving.

Get to know more about Kyle Nagel in this edition of How I Play.

Where Are You Currently Located?

Denver, CO

What Is/Are Your Current Gig(s)?

Young Pandas, Foggy Goggles (coming soon), MD of Mannequin the Band

What is One Word That Describes Your Playing?

Soulful (I hope)

kyle nagel bass guitar young pandas practice spaceWhat Is Your Current Setup and What is Your Favorite Piece of Gear at the Moment?

Aguilar TH-500 and Bergantino HT322. I’m always going through basses but at the moment I’m playing a Fender Dimension Deluxe V and my Lakland Hollowbody pretty much all the time. My favorite new piece of gear is my new Eastman Upright.

What is One Thing You Could Not Live Without?

The ability to grow musically, personally, and spiritually.

What is Your Practice Space Like?

I live in a loft in Denver and my practice space is basically my apartment. High ceilings hardwood floors. Built in the early 1900’s. It used to be a candy store.

What Album Are You Currently Listening To?

Malibu by Anderson Paak

What Book Are You Currently Reading?

Several. Effortless Mastery, A Religion of One’s Own, A Year to Live, Wisdom of the Enneagrams, and I Heard God Laughing are all bookmarked on my bed stand at the moment.

I’d Love To See ____ Answer These Questions.

Evan Marien

What’s the Best Piece of Advice You’ve Ever Received?

Never to forget that life is all about perspective.


Check Out Young Pandas Performing ‘Suspended’:

Follow Young Panads on Facebook  and visit Kyle’s YouTube channel for some cool bass guitar demos, songs and footage from shows.