Phaedra Kwant was born on the 11th of January 1979 and grew up in Rozendaal, a small town in the east part of The Netherlands. At eight years old she chose to play the cello, which at the age of twelve she exchanged for the bass guitar. It became clear to her that music was the passion of her life and that the only thing she wanted was to become a professional musician. After grammar school she studied bass guitar and Double-bass at the Amsterdam Conservatory. In 2004 she graduated “Cum Laude” and became the first female Master of Music on bass guitar in The Netherlands. Phaedra has been playing in all kinds of bands ever since, and also writes lyrics and music for many different artists. She combines all her skills when she plays and sings her own music with her own band. Then she really is “Phaedra Kwant”.
Phaedra has been playing a Jazz style bass for quite some time and was immediately interested when Roks Instruments introduced the brandnew Nardis model. Her first Roks bass, a custom built Futura (listed below), was made from a very special piece of Italian Olive wood. A different piece of the exact same Olive tree was used to craft her custom Nardis bass, making the two basses a very special set! Her Nardis is a modern interpretation of a classic and features bordeaux block-inlays, matching maple pickup covers and a matching Olive wood headstock.
Phaedra’s custom Futura was crafted to suit her melodic bass playing. Her bass is equipped with a high C-string to expand harmonic possibilities, making it a great tool for playing chords and composing. Like any customer commissioning a Roks bass, she was deeply involved in the creation of her new instrument. She personally selected American walnut for the body and a top of Italian Olive wood. After some brainstorming Phaedra decided to have the fretboard inlaid with a badge that she got from her parents when she was a kid. Crystal clear resin makes the badge seem to float in glass, creating a very unique look.