Silverman was originally a classically trained double bass player who had been a member of a California jazz band called the Fabulous Hedgehogs. Realizing that the small fees they were being paid for their performances would stretch further if he didn't have to share them, he booked a show on his own and asked to be billed as just That 1 Guy. At the time he was growing frustrated with the traditional style of double bass playing and took to setting up drums and drum machines that he could kick while he played and removing all but one of his bass strings, playing the instrument like another piece of percussion. Still dissatisfied with the sound he was getting, he began dreaming of "the magic pipe."
The bizarre instrument, the skill with which he played it, and the humor he brought to his performances earned Silverman enough accolades to come to the attention of Ani DiFranco
, who signed him to her Righteous Babe label in 2004. That year he re-released his debut album, Songs in the Key of Beotch, through the label -- it had previously been available through his website, where it had sold thousands of copies.
Engineer Karl Derfler recommended that Silverman play musical saw on two tracks of Tom Waits
' Orphans, but he ended up playing bass on them instead. Derfler then agreed to record Silverman's second That 1 Guy album, The Moon Is Disgusting. Released in 2007, it was a concept album based on an idea for an animated film Silverman had, exploring the entirety of human evolution. That year he also released a live DVD filmed in Australia, where he enjoyed a dedicated cult following. ~ Jody Macgregor, Rovi