DNA Artist of the Month
Kaptain “Kirk” Bartholomew
Kaptain “Kirk” Bartholomew developed his obsession with music on the East Coast, primarily in Massachusetts and Florida. The rock bug bit him hard and he focused on his bass guitar for a number of years, leading to a move to the west coast and a reputable showing on the southern California rock and metal scenes.
A series of high profile gigs with the band Witnesses culminated in playing the Rose Bowl by invitation in front of a crowd of 30,000 people. In the role of bandleader, Kirk gave his other most famous band, Amasa (pronounced “a-ma-say”), his Native American middle name. This band took a more exploratory approach to rock, and at one point included a couple of appearances in the recording studio by Marc Soucy on keyboards, an old friend from back east.
Kaptain Kirk made the move back home to the East Coast as the music industry shifted gears, it was time to go home. Kap’s playing has earned him numerous guitar and amplification product endorsements, including Spector Bass, D’Addario strings, Seymour Duncan pickups, Washburn guitars, Babicz Full Contact Hardware, and latest addition to Kaptain Kirk’s proud endorsement catalog, DNA Bass Amplification!
Kap has produced and recorded a solo disc entitled “Kaos Reigns”. Along with the help of some talented friends the music stands to be something new and exciting. Kap’s also performing in his band Stiletto… as well as busy playing bass and backing vocals for National Act CATHEDRAL: a tribute to the music of Van Halen featuring Tyler Morris (Billboard charting/Grammy Nominated guitarist). Kaptain Kirk proudly uses Lakland basses (Skyline 55-01 tobacco sunburst & 55-OS Black).
"These basses have a warm crushing sound that enhances the overall sonic onslaught that is CATHEDRAL! Dam these Basses Rock… and paired with my DNA gear… holy *hit!!!! Thx for bringing me back into the fold”!! — Kap.