Jason Mraz, Heart, Ceelo Green, Meghan Trainor, Boy George, Zedd, Jessie J, Khalid, Mike Posner, Nikka Costa, Sugar Ray, Ezra Ray Hart, Smash Mouth, The Voice Au and more.
Credits include: Jason Mraz, Heart, Ceelo Green, Jessie J, Khalid, Meghan Trainor, Boy George, Zedd, Mike Posner, Nikka Costa, Sugar Ray, Ezra Ray Hart, Smash Mouth and more.
I'm an Australian born bassist living in Los Angeles. In my 13 years of being in the Los Angeles scene I've toured and recorded with Jason Mraz, Heart, Ceelo Green, Jessie J, Khalid, Meghan Trainor, Boy George, Zedd, Mike Posner, Nikka Costa, Sugar Ray, Ezra Ray Hart, Smash Mouth, bass player for The Voice AU and more. I work out of a great studio with amazing preamps, amps and a great selection of vintage and new basses. I also play upright and synth bass and have a great collection of synths.
I love tracking bass in my ome studio and would love to hear about your project. I focus highly on getting the right tone for your track and I love bringing songs to life by creating a memorable bass line that supports the song and the artists vision. I can work with any timeline you may have. Please feel free to hit the contact button to message me anytime.
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27 Reviews - 6 Repeat ClientsEndorse Kristian Attard
Kristian was the perfect selection for my original that was a little rock, little jazzy but his bass line was exactly right for this song. Kristian was able to send the bass part quickly.. I don't think was even any "redos".. he felt the part needed of a song with some complexities. Commination is the key when working remotely and Kristian always was checking in..expressed the desire to make sure I was pleased. Bottom line I highly recommend Kristian.. first class and looking forward to the next
Kristian is an amazing musician! I left it up to him to do what he thought my track needed and he absolutely exceeded my expectations! Playing He played Bass and Guitar on my track! So good! He knows exactly what a song needs! He will be my first call!
Always a pleasure to work with Kristian. He hears the vibe for the song and I also appreciate the multiple takes/stems he sends over. Fantastic!
Kristian is an absolute professional and has every tool in the music bag to get the session done well. Very flexible and willing to listen to feedback. His great communication and follow through made this session not only a success but also collaborative and fun.
An absolute legend.
Just finished another project with Kristian and he killed it as always. Super creative and easy to work with. Hire this dude.
I was humbled that Kristian liked my original and he killed his part. It was perfect, great tone, terrific feel...exactly what was needed for the song. Great communication and able to speed through the part and the song. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!
Best bass player out there. Stoked to keep working with Kristian 🔥
It was great to work Kristian! Best of the best no doubt and great bass tone. He made sure my track got everything it needed. A+ work and I’ll definitely be hitting up in the future!
Been working with Kristian in Los Angeles for years. He's versatile and easy to work with. An elite talent and one that you'd be stupid not to hire.
Great bass tone, easy to work with, good feel, nice guy. Gave heaps of options and was very responsive to feedback. Would work with again.
It´s been a pleasure to work with Kristian. He is very nice, a fantastic musician, and so easy to communicate with.
Another great session with Kristian!! His new bass parts really elevated the track and gave it what it needed.
I'll definitely be back for more!!!
Another great session with Kiristain, can't recommend him highly enough. He really did take the track to the next level with his playing!!!
awesome playing man, what a talent you are
amazing work as always, what a great musician
world class work, thanks so much
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so easy to work with, amazing music and musician, highly recommend
lets work more .
Kristian has something magical when he plays!
Can't wait to work with him again!
Kristian is Amazing! Great bassist with a unique vibe
He’s very creative and He understand excatly what the song needs
He’s a good person and I really reccomend him!
Kristian puts taste and tone on his instrument. I'm always delighted to work with him, it is exiting to have him visit our television studio in Sydney for a session. I have worked with Kristian on numerous projects and on various stages. I can only highly recommend my mate, and amazing bassist.
Besides being one of the best people I've ever worked with. Kristian is one of the most talented, versatile, creative yet technically savvy bass players I've ever had the pleasure of working with. His feel, groove and vibe in studio is what sets him apart from everyone else and what keeps me coming back.
He's also one of those rare musicians that has the ability lift the vibe on track, in just the right way, every time he lays down a line.
Can't recommend him highly enough!!!
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Kristian is a one-of-a-kind talent. An absolute monster of a player! Complete professional and humble. He's got an extensive background in pretty much every genre, coupled with his wealth of musical knowledge and application, makes him a goldmine.
Some of the best tracks I've worked on, have been with Kristian and when he says, that he "love[s] bringing songs to life by creating a memorable bass line" ... he aint lying.
On top of all this, he's a super nice human.
Not only is Kristian an incredible musician, but he’s one of the kindest and most humble people i’ve ever had the pleasure to work with. His feel and skill is unmatched and his playing is effortless. An absolute legend!
I’ve hired Kristian multiple times over the years for all sorts of sessions and he does an incredible job every time. His sounds and tones are second to none matched by his awesome playing and groove. Highly recommended!
One of the best players in the world, I can't recommend Kristian enough. His skill level is matched by his attitude that I can only describe as world class. He is a mater of soul funk rnb and rock, but can play anything given the right direction. I have been blessed with access to his skills for the last 15 years. Kristian is simply badd ass! On stage and in the studio!
Kristian is a consummate professional and a huge talent in all aspects of music, whether playing, recording or producing. He’s always striving for the best sound and unique styles, has a wealth of experience and knowledge to draw on and has spent a lot of time working with some of the most respected artists in the business. He’s my go to reference for any bass work and recording projects and I have played with and utilised his services many times on numerous tracks and live situations. Highly recommended and a great guy to work with.
Kristian is way more than a bass player. Super creative and gets the “vibe” of things. He virtually produced and wrote parts of our project to complete our vision. Thanks man!
There’s a lot I can say about Kristian but when It comes down to it, if you want it done right AND done with significant fluidity he is the only guy you need! A pleasure to work with and knowledgeable of his craft! You won’t be disappointed
Interview with Kristian Attard
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Intergalactix is a project I started with Serg Dimitrijevic who plays guitar for Earth Wind & Fire. We started the project from scratch and have toured and recorded around the world. I think it's always important to have your own project and it helps you understand the importance of being involved in someone else's project.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I've been consistently recording multiple bass sessions for producers and bands online and in the Los Angeles area. I am also finishing up my solo record and a record with my band Intergalactix and touring with artists in between.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Mike Avenaim - Mike's the one that told me to get on Sound Better and we've worked together a bunch and we are both from Sydney. Great drummer and lovely guy.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I always steer more towards analogue because it's just got the warmth that is hard to replace but it really depends on the style of music you are creating and the tones you like. Digital can also be amazing in the right context.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will do my very best to deliver exactly what you require and need for your project. And I will keep a consistent, open line of communication throughout the entire process and make sure you are 200% happy with the end result.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I get to do what I love for a living, travel and make my own schedule. I also get to work with some interesting and amazing people. Overall I think I have the best job.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: The most common question I'm asked is "how much will it cost?" and "how long will it take?" I normally work with the client in both of these areas. If you need something done super fast just let me know and I'll do my best to make it happen. Also if the price is an issue just let me know and I'll try to do what I can to work with you.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That because I love what I do and have been fortunate to do it for a living that it's not really work. The truth is that when you work for yourself you have to be twice as motivated as those that don't because the only one responsible for you is you. It's such a privilege to do what we do as musicians and I definitely respect that privilege and make sure that everything I do is done at the highest level.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I always ask, what is your ultimate goal with your music? That always tells me a lot about the artist. Then.. Let's make it happen.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Go with your gut feeling. Look for someone that you could see yourself having a long relationship with. I've definitely built my career on real relationships and I believe it's the only way.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My 1964 P bass, my 73 Jazz bass, My 71 Jazz Bass my Wurlitzer (if I could carry it lol) and my Ampex Mic pre.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Music has always been my career and over the years I've toured extensively with quite a few high profile bands and artists. Lately I've been finding myself in the studio a lot more but I'll always enjoy doing both.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My playing is definitely rooted in groove, rock & soul. Groove, feel and consistency are definitely the most important things for me.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Prince. I met Prince a few times and opened up for his band once. I feel it would be a challenge to work for someone like Prince and I know a few people that have and everyone has their Prince stories but I feel musically it would be a very rewarding experience.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Less is more. Find the right parts, performance and the right sounds for track and once these elements are right then you don't need much more. I think production can be over thought and I really admire productions that are so simple but have all the right elements and amazing performances.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I work on all types of music and that's what I've always loved to do. I believe that diversity is my strongest asset. The main styles of music I normally work on are rock, soul, pop, funk, singer songwriter and electronic.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I believe I'm a great communicator and I'm always willing to do whatever it takes to make the client happy. I really do think communication is the key and the better the communication is the better the end result.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I believe I'm good at understanding what a song needs to get it from the demo stage to the record stage. First and foremost I try to lay down a solid and consistent foundation with the drums, add some special moments and most importantly support the vocals and the artists vision for the song. I also believe that tone is a huge factor in the bass and most of that comes from your fingers. Great gear is obviously key in emphasizing that.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I normally listen to the song quite a few times and get the key points and basic structure of the song internalized. If I have to make any notes I will but I normally just like to get the song into my system to really feel what the artist is going for and try to add to that vision and energy as much as I can. I'll normally do 3-4 takes and If I am happy with the parts and performance, then I will compress and post the files to Dropbox and send the link on its way! I always check in with the client to make sure they are happy and always offer revisions if needed.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have an amazing home studio that I built myself and I carefully put each piece of gear together over the years. I have many mic preamps including a BAE 1073, Universal Audio LA610, Trident S20 and an Ampex vintage valve preamp, TC Parametric EQ and a Teac A3300S tape machine. I have a great collection of vintage basses, old 60's and 70's fenders, Gibsons, Hofners and Music Mans as well as a great collection of new 5 strings for more modern production tracks. I have a vintage amp collection too of old Ampeg, Traynor, Fenders and an Airliner.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: As a bass player I am very influenced by players like James Jamerson, Pino Palladino, these are guys that I feel not only play for the song but they also add another level to the song and really bring it to life through their unique and creative bass lines. My goal is to add value and really bring which ever piece of music I work on to the next level. I have also always been into many different styles of music and my goal has always been to play each style with authenticity and correct feeling.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The thing I like to do more than anything else is to provide the highest quality bass tracks for my clients. Over the years I have worked really hard to cultivate a great collection of recording gear and apply my skills as a player to get the best results possible so my clients have the most seamless and enjoyable experience.