Indonesian bass player with 20+ years experience. Owner of rare & exclusive fretted, fretless and upright basses with unique sound. Participated in Umbria Jazz Festival, Vienna Jazz Festival, Java Jazz Festival etc. Performed with famous Asian pop singers including the opening act for Jamiroquai. Worked on numerous albums recordings.
I'm glad to offer bass recording service for any music style from pop & rock to sophisticated jazz, funk, improvisations and solos. My collection of basses includes 4 strings Fender, 6 strings MTD fretted bass, 6 strings Ken Smith Fretless, Electric Upright, Acoustic Upright. It allows me to find unique and appropriate sound for any kind of genre. I can offer not only grooves and bass lines, but beautiful solos with rich timbres. Please check out my soundcloud.
I use top gear such as RME and Apollo soundcards, Neve Portico, REDD47, UAD Solo preamp, RME UFX. Good selection of amps such as Aguilar DB751 with two DB112 cab and mics such as AT4081, AKG 414, Neumann TLM103, Heil PR40.
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Interview with Zoltan Renaldi
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: My bass solo album. I composed the music and performed it on bass including bass lines and melodies. That's my credo and how I want bass to sound
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Blue Hour (Brian Hodges) full album bass recording
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Maria Grigoryeva (MariaGrig) is the ultimate professional of strings arrangements and recordings
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog is great, but Digital is the way more affordable and convenient nowadays. Endless possibilities for home studios!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will work until you're 100% happy with my bass playing!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I just like playing and being as creative as I can. I like to talk to listeners through my bass playing.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: "If there's something needing a change can you do it?" - Of course, until you're 100% satisfied.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Some people think bass is just bass notes, routes and not really creative or soloing instrument. I try to sing and tell the story with my bass, improvise, solo and use endless possibilities.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: How do you see the bass in your song? Do I need to play something more standard and strict or I can be as creative as I want to?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Please try to describe what you need if you have any specific wishes about the bass parts, include some reference tracks if you'd like. If you don't have any specific wishes just rely on my intuition and experience.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: MTD bass, RME soundcard, Neve preamp, REDD47, Ken Smith
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been playing for more than 20 years. I've travelled the globe performing with pop singers and participating in Jazz festivals. I've worked on many album recordings.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Singing bass and soulful groove
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Funk, pop, jazz, hip-hop, soul, rnb. Almost any music style I play every week.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I try to bring profound and rich bass sound and creative lines with the right feel of groove. Everyone can play standard lines. I try to go outside the standards every single time.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Firstly I listen to the song a few times and memorise it, the melody and harmony. Then I try to play it on bass and find the lines which suit well. Then I adjust the sound of my bass to make it fit as much as possible. And then I start recording. I can offer several bass lines if needed.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I use RME and Apollo sound cards with preamps such as Neve Portico, REDD47, UAD Solo preamp, RME UFX. Good selection of amps such as Aguilar DB751 with two DB112 cab and mics such as AT4081, AKG 414, Neumann TLM103, Heil PR40, SM57. Electric basses including MTD 635, Ken Smith, Fender jazz and precision. Upright basses such as Acoustic czech upright and NS electric upright.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Marcus Miller is my all time inspiration for bass sound and production. Even though I can recreate that if needed I also try to develop my own style of playing and sound. I really like to make bass "singing" and create rich sound.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Recently I've been working on several albums in Hip-Hop, Indie Pop and Cinematic styles.