Matt Reid Bass

Big Pocket Session Bassist

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12 Reviews (5 Verified)
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The right line, the right tone, the right feel and the right vibe. Great communicator. Known for laying down high quality bass parts with a very fast turnaround.

I'm a professional session bassist working out of Vancouver, Canada. I've got years of experience performing and recording deep pocketed bass lines in a wide variety of genres. I have a reputation as a musician who "serves the song", lays down clean bass tracks, and is courteous and easy to work with. Specializing in R&B, Reggae, Rock, Pop and World Music, I'm available to track great sounding bass parts for your music project. I always aim to provide the client with a few options in tone and I guarantee a fast turnaround and client satisfaction! Let's get to work!

Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.

12 Reviews - 1 Repeat Client

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  1. Review by Chimo J.
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    Once again, Matt exceeded my expectations with his skillful playing and masterful interpretation of what the song needed.

  2. Review by Chimo J.
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    Once again, Matt has taken my track up several notches with his playing and masterful interpretation of my vision.

  3. Review by Chimo J.
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    Matt just took my track to Funk Factor 5 with his amazing bass work. His musicianship and intuition are top notch, and I would recommend him for any project.

  4. Review by Trevor Hoffmann
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    Matt is incredible! His bass performance landed perfectly with the vibe of my song and added so much musicality to my production. He went above and beyond what I requested and I could also tell he's got some great gear, so the stems he sent over were sonically top notch. The quick turnaround was greatly appreciated as well. Good stuff!

  5. Review by Katherine R.
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    I am so blown away by what Matt did for my track. His playing is such high calibre and his groove is unbeatable. Awesome communication and everything delivered perfectly on time. I'm so excited to get this tune to mixing! Thanks, Matt!

  6. Review by Danie Ingram
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    Been using Matt on a few TV theme song projects lately and couldn't be happier with the results. I send him the stems and a temp part and he quickly turns around a beautifully recorded, inventive and tasteful bassline that always exceeds my expectations. Seamless, efficient and exceptionally musical... I'd highly recommend Matt.

  7. Review by Jim Hopson
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    Matt's been my first call bassist for over a decade. Dude has a great pocket, plays creative lines, and is a slap monster of the highest order. Hire this dude RIGHT NOW if you want your tune to move booty.

  8. Review by Andrei Diaconu
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    Matt laid down many a tight tight basslines for my various projects over the years. Always grade A work. Prepared well, knows the music and adds his own touch as well as suggestions. Always look forward to the next project with him!

  9. Review by Malcom Owen-Flood
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    Matt is hands down the best session bass player I have ever had the pleasure of recording. Instant pocket, groove, and TONE. He's the type of bass player that makes your drummer sound better than he is. Hire Matt for your next song and don't look back!

  10. Review by Buckman Coe
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    An incredible bass player to work with live or in studio. His ability to get to the heart of a song right away and deliver amazing parts with perfect tone always takes your project to another level.

  11. Review by Adham Shaikh
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    awesome bass player....big phat chunky sound....smooth rolling bass with enough bite and punch to get the job done...i would recommend this cat any day..!!

  12. Review by ADAM POPOWITZ
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    I'm not certain which I love more, Matt Reid's pocket or his tone. Some bass players just make it look and sound easy and Matt is that guy. On top of that, his professionalism and commitment to detail is world class.

Interview with Matt Reid Bass

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: The Jesse Roper track "Cupid". I was the bass player and we tracked live to tape. The whole band was locked in, the tones were great and I was really happy with how it turned out.

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

  4. A: D'Angelo. His music is funky, meaningful and always has great bass lines.

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

  6. A: Tracking bass and video for 2 clients and finalizing the release of my project "Mad Riddim"'s latest single.

  7. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  8. A: Yes.

  9. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  10. A: A combination of both. Analog on the way in, digital on the way out. Its the best of both worlds.

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

  12. A: Laying down bass lines for satisfied clients.

  13. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  14. A: Can you play bass on my track? I need it quickly! My answer is, "Absolutely! When do you need it by?"

  15. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  16. A: Some folks think bass players lack an understanding of the overall elements that make up an amazing song. They're wrong!

  17. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  18. A: Whats your vision of the completed song? How do you want it to feel? What sound are you going for?

  19. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  20. A: Have a very clear idea of what you're hearing for your song. Ask the provider exactly how they'd like the reference track.

  21. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  22. A: Solar powered re-chargeable power supply, Macbook, apollo twin, my Tobias bass and some great sounding speakers.

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

  24. A: I've been gigging since I was a kid and have been performing and recording professionally for over 15 years.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: Funky, nice feel, assertive pocket.

  27. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  28. A: Choose a good take on the way up, rather than a good take on the way down.

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

  30. A: Funk, Reggae, Neo-Soul, Dub,

  31. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  32. A: Musicality.

  33. Q: What's your typical work process?

  34. A: Typically, an artist will contact me to see if I'm available and interested to track bass for their project. If available to do the tracking, I like to have a conversation about what the artist is going for both with the total song and from the bass perspective. After timeline and fee is determined if I haven't heard the track I will pull it into my DAW and give it a few listens, making notes of important arrangements/dynamics and I'll decide what bass and what kind tone I'll use. Regarding bass tone, I like to be able to give the artist the flexibility to take it in a few different directions in the mix post tracking, so I dial in a vibe, but don't go overboard. In the event I'm hearing something that might stand out a little more with the tone, I will send multiple tone options to the artist. Once the song is in my DAW and I run through the tune I'll define my part and focus in on feel and dynamics.

  35. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  36. A: Satisfaction and groove!

  37. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  38. A: My strongest skill is playing bass right in the pocket.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: I'm running Logic Pro X with an Apollo Twin. I have a UA-610 pre amp, a Neve 1073 pre-amp, a LA-2A compressor, 1176 compressor and Pultec and Helios EQ's. For basses I have a Tobias 5 string (very versatile, great for modern sounds and heavy bass music), a Fender Precision with flat wound strings (great for vintage motown sounds and neo-soul a la D'Angelo), a Fender Precision with round wounds (great for rock and music with some "bite") and a Fender Jazz bass (also very versatile, great for funk, fusion and world music).

  41. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  42. A: I am inspired by the work of Pino Palladino, Sly & Robbie, Derek Trucks, Thievery Corporation, George Clinton among many others.

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

  44. A: Artists from a wide variety of genres contact me to record bass guitar parts for their song or songs.

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Cupid by Jesse Roper

I was the bass player in this production

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Typical turnaround is 24 hours, although same day can happen if possible!

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Gear Highlights
  • Fender Precision (4 string) w/ round wounds
  • Fender Precision (4 string) w/ flat wounds
  • Fender Jazz (4 string)
  • Tobias Classic (5 string)
  • Universal Audio Apollo Twin Duo
  • Neve 1073 Pre-amp
  • UA 610A & 610B
  • 1176 Compressor
  • LA-2A Limiter
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