Trevor Dunn

Trevor Dunn was born in 1968 behind the Redwood Curtain and has been a professional musician since the age of 17. He is a founding member of the avant-rock band Mr. Bungle and continues to perform live with Tomahawk, Fantômas, John Zorn, Melvins Lite, Erik Friedlander and Endangered Blood. He also leads his own bands MadLove and Trio-Convulsant, writes film music and has written articles for Bass Guitar Magazine, Arcana and Spin.com. He can be heard on over 100 albums, ranging from pop to free improv.

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Bio

Trevor Dunn is an American musician. His primary instrument is bass and double bass. Dunn has a degree in music, learning double bass at college. Dunn began playing bass as a teenager. In high school, Dunn formed Mr. Bungle with vocalist Mike Patton and guitarist Trey Spruance. Mr. Bungle's early compositions mixed thrash metal, hard rock, and funk with an air of adolescent humor and vulgarity. With a background in metal, Dunn branched out his musical abilities playing jazz around San Francisco while immersing himself in different music. His playing on Mr. Bungle's Disco Volante displayed Dunn's maturity as a player as the compositions shift from different musical stylings several times in every song. Dunn prefers to play simple bass lines in other's compositions choosing to support song structures. He is (or has been) a member of: Mr. Bungle Fantômas Secret Chiefs 3 Trevor Dunn's Trio-convulsant He has contributed to or played with: John Zorn's Electric Masada John Zorn's Naked City Tin Hat Trio Melvins Matisyahu Many other Bay Area and New York artists Trevor Dunn has a strange obsession with the platypus. He has the platypus as a cover on one of his albums, and has co-wrote a song called "Platypus" while in the band Mr. Bungle. In the early days of Mr. Bungle he played a Ibanez bass built sometime in the 1980's, and later on, he used an Alembic 5-String and a double bass. He mostly uses a 1975 Fender P-Bass tuned to BEAD for Fantômas. He plays double bass with Trevor Dunn's Trio-convulsant. Like the other members of Mr. Bungle, Trevor Dunn is reluctant to talk about what exactly caused their break-up in 2000 (Dunn is especially hesitant about the subject). For that matter, Dunn is reluctant to talk about Mr. Bungle in general, though he claims to have enough material for a book about the band (and enough unreleased songs for a companion album). He has stated that he will eventually release a book. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.

Talks

Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, Fantômas) Talks Trevor Yuile’s Orphan Black: Original Television Score

By Trevor Dunn | June 23, 2015

Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, Fantômas) Talks Trevor Yuile’s Orphan Black: Original Television Score

Disheartened with his current listening options, Trevor Dunn finds musical solace in the action-packed score for Orphan Black.

Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, Fantômas) Talks Mark Ronson’s Uptown Special

By Trevor Dunn | January 21, 2015

Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, Fantômas) Talks Mark Ronson’s Uptown Special

Trevor Dunn despises the "retrovertigo" of Mark Ronson’s new album. Karlheinz Stockhausen probably wouldn’t like it either.

Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, Fantômas) Talks Godflesh’s A World Lit Only by Fire

By Trevor Dunn | October 15, 2014

Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, Fantômas) Talks Godflesh’s A World Lit Only by Fire

There’s a lot to love about the new Godflesh album. But there’s even more to hate.

Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, Fantômas) Talks Blonde Redhead’s Barragán

By Trevor Dunn | September 9, 2014

Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, Fantômas) Talks Blonde Redhead’s Barragán

Sometimes it’s not the band that changed, it’s you. And sometimes, the band is just out of ideas.