Marcus Porter

Session bassist, MD, Arranger

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Bassist in Brighton/London - Pocket player with great groove and timing. Whether it's quarter notes on a P Bass or wonky synth lines, I've got it covered!

Professional musician with experience in live sessions, studio sessions, cruise ships and theatre pit-work. I'm versatile and enjoy playing pop, rock, soul, funk, R&B, jazz, blues and reggae. Able to adapt quickly to different situations on stage and in the studio. Understands the role of a bass player, and can take direction from others as well as offering creative input. Able to sing backing vocals and can also play guitar, drums/percussion and keys. Can read and write notated music and chord charts, and also has experience of writing string arrangements. Full UK driving licence and own transport. Very easy to get on with and enjoys meeting and playing with new people all the time!

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Interview with Marcus Porter

  1. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  2. A: Currently recording and performing with London based Soul/R&B artist Decosta Boyce. I've also just started working with acclaimed producer/musician Soulpersona, hoping to tour his new album in the summer.

  3. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  4. A: The opportunity to play with great musicians and make music that I'm proud of.

  5. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  6. A: I studied music at Chichester College from 2006, then moved to Brighton to study at BIMM in 2008. Since then I've been working as a freelance musician, working with as many different people along the way as possible!

  7. Q: How would you describe your style?

  8. A: Groove based, raw, but smooth at the same time. I like to find the perfect balance between the rhythm section and complimenting the melody.

  9. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  10. A: Someone like Cory Henry, because of the pure funk he creates with his band!

  11. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  12. A: I like to keep things varied, but my passion is for soul and funk music.

  13. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  14. A: My timing and feel, and ability to lock in with other musicians

  15. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  16. A: I have a small home studio setup, working with Logic X. I'm able to record remotely, and also use it for arrangements.

  17. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  18. A: Live performances make up the bulk of my work. I also do studio sessions.

Gear Highlights
  • De Gier Bebop 70s Custom Jazz Bass (5 String)
  • 1978 Fender Precision Bass
  • Sire Marcus Miller V7 5-string
  • Aguilar TH500
  • Barefaced Big Twin cab
  • 3Leaf + Mooer + Electro Harmonix + Aguilar and Carl Martin pedals
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