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BassDbler is the musical persona of JD Short, a bassist by trade and a composer by training. Short cut his teeth playing in bands during the mid-to-late nineties’ independent music scenes of Chicago, Nashville, Indianapolis, and Louisville. He then focused on formalized musical training at the University of Evansville and Indiana University Bloomington. Upon leaving Bloomington, Short moved to Orange County, California where he built basses and guitars at Rickenbacker. A few collaborations, including a brief stint with the Orange County Avant Garde Jazz Ensemble ensued. When Short left the OC and relocated to Auckland, New Zealand, his interest in electronic music began to solidify. When he returned to Orange County, Short realized that electronic music spoke to his DIY nature; at its core, electronic music wasn’t too far a leap from Fugazi. This realization gave rise to new understandings and explorations, resulting in the Dune-themed concept album Slow Blade Penetrates the Shield. Short also composes music for short and feature-length films as well as currently serving as the Music Director for Giant Fire Breathing Robot. [+]