Products used: Clayton Custom 1mm white pearloid picks, Clayton Heavy Wall Glass Slide
I first discovered Clayton picks as a kid in the ’80s. I rode my bicycle to AB Music Studios in Huntington Beach and I was immediately drawn to the white pick with the Clayton logo. I wound up loving the texture and grip and here we are nearly 30 years later, and the Clayton 1mm picks are the only picks that can hold up to the abuse of my demanding bass duties as of late.
Huntington Beach native Johnny Zapp is best known for his work writing and publishing rock singles for film and television. With Johnny typically performing all guitars, bass, drums and vocals himself, his music is best described as organic rock and roll deeply rooted in the 1970s. Some of Johnny’s television credits include Pimp My Ride; MTV 10 on Top, ESPN Coverage of the PGA Tour, various Red Bull promos and most recently, season two of the Nat Geo travel/culinary/marine-life smash, Into The Drink.
In the ’90s, Johnny played as a subbing musician in various line-ups with players from The Refreshments, Gin Blossoms, Dead Hot Workshop, Grievous Angels and many others in the Tempe, Arizona music scene.
February 2017 marks Johnny Zapp’s prominent return to the stage as permanent bass player for the new blues/rock power-trio, Mason. Mason’s debut record, Midnight Road, drops in April followed by a supporting tour.
Johnny Zapp is also a columnist for Vintage Guitar magazine.