Mat Maxwell

Session Bassist

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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees to avant-garde jazz pioneers, I've worked with a breadth of different artists. Tracking credits include countless studios and bass tracks from home for many years. Each session is important to me - your goals in terms of feel, tone, and note-selection are paramount.

Send me your song, idea, sheet music, whatever! I will bring the bottom-end to life.

Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Interview with Mat Maxwell

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

  2. A: Singing!

  3. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  4. A: Both!

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

  6. A: That you’ll be hiring someone who genuinely cares that you get exactly why you want. I’m obviously charging for services, but that’s just so so I can eat. I play music because I love making great sound and want you to have what that means to you, too.

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

  8. A: Be as informative as you can but really take the time to find out what kind of player (background, etc.) you want before hiring.

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

  10. A: Does this island have power?! If not; an acoustic bass, upright bass, grand piano, drums, harmonica.

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

  12. A: I started just having fun and jamming. I attended a commercial music program where I learned theory, recording techniques, and widened my musical palate. From there I stared playing in cover bands, then jazz gigs, theatre, arenas with pop artists. I’ve been recording in studios and from home since the music program 10+ years ago.

  13. Q: How would you describe your style?

  14. A: Supportive, complementary, pocket.

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

  16. A: Seal. His balance of groove, electronic elements, extended harmony, vocal timbre, great songs.

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

  18. A: pop, country, rock, funk

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

  20. A: Listen, research (if needed), compose, perform.

  21. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  22. A: An assortment of electric basses, upright, many soft-synths, tube preamp, compressor, Apogee, MacBook...

  23. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  24. A: Originality

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

  26. A: Nathan East, Willie Weeks, Bobby Vega, Steve Jordan

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

  28. A: Someone sends me their demo without bass and wants me to craft a genre-appropriate part and record it. I've also played note-for-note lines that people send, or a written bass part.

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Terms Of Service

rate is per track, 3 revisions, 2 day turn-around

Gear Highlights
  • 1966 Fender P Bass
  • 2017 Fender P Bass
  • American Jazz (4 & 5)
  • Ernie Ball Music Man Stingray
  • Eastman 605 Upright
  • Keybass (Moog
  • etc.)
  • FatBoy Tube Pre
  • Apogee...
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