There is a multidimensional palette of influences that shape the bass playing of Rick Steiling, musical and otherwise. Rick is an accomplished computer engineer and music enthusiast, both of which contribute significantly to his approach on the electric bass in a variety of musical genres.
Primarily a self-taught musician, Rick has moonlighted and brought his unique energetic approach on the bass to countless regional acts and performances, including the likes of Hillbilly Authority and innumerable musical pits and orchestras since 1995. Rick has also garnered international exposure as the bass player of Pavlov's Dog since 2009.
In Common Time, Rick presents a diverse musical background of progressive rock from his upbringing, shadowed by his passion and focus on the contemporary role of the bass in complex music compositions. Fronted by his personal studies of Jaco Pastorius and Marcus Miller, and backed by his infatuation of grooves produced by the likes of Jamiroquai, The Brothers Johnson, Tower of Power, and Carol Kaye, Rick develops bass melodies behind the compositions of Common Time with the help of Harvey Love to create a "lower pocket" that both captures and entices listeners.
Hearkening to his scientific background, Rick exhibits an array of sound modifications through the bass that provide both variety and intrigue to Common Time's compositions. His one-of-a-kind effects and atypical electric bass setup add to a language that is deep-rooted in both funk and fusion. Having been schooled from the recordings of Yes, King Crimson, Gentle Giant, and early Chicago, Rick has flourished in his demanding role as Common Time's bassist.