Matthew DeRubertis

Electric Bass, Unique Ambience

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9 Reviews (8 Verified)
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I approach the electric bass from two polar opposites - one of finding the perfect part for a given song, and the other destroying the bass role completely and trying different approaches with pedals, effects, sonic textures, and melody.

I pride myself on my versatility of styles in my 13+ years as a performing, touring, and session bassist living in North East Ohio. I have experience playing and writing parts in many different styles including rock, blues, R&B, hip hop, funk, soul, progressive rock, jazz, fusion, latin jazz, timba, experimental, and more.

I have a wide array of pedals that I love to make creative use of. I have many times been recorded creating ambient soundscapes, textures, and looping that step outside of what you'd typically here from the bass. If you'd like to explore this on your project, let me know!

I take true joy in the process of finding the right part for a given song. This includes all aspects of a bass part - tone, note length, groove, melody, simplicity or complexity.

Take a visit to my website for my full discography, and please click the CONTACT button to get in touch!

I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.

9 Reviews - 2 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by felix s.
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    Get the job done. Fast and sounds incredible!

  2. Review by Joe J.
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    Mathew was great to work with. Professional and a great feel!

  3. Review by Drew N.
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    Matthew is always a pleasure to work with. Great Bass player with creative instincts. Also, very solid communication & always is willing to work to serve the song. I will definitely be reaching out to Matt again!

  4. Review by Adam Reifsnyder
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    Every time I work with Matthew it is quick and sounds amazing. He's a great communicator and can find his spot in the groove of any song I throw at him. I highly recommend him!

  5. Review by Adam Reifsnyder
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    Matthew is an incredible played and really elevated the song I was working on. He's great at getting the vibe of a song, finding his place in it, and doing it tastefully and in an interesting way. Looking forward to working with Matthew again soon!

  6. Review by Drew N.
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    Matthew is an exceptional bassist. Great communicator & pleasure to collaborate with!

  7. Review by Drew N.
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    Exceptional bassist. Great tone & a pleasure to work with. Matthew totally captured the vibe I was looking for. A+

  8. Review by Spencer Martin
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    It is a deeply inspiring and humbling experience to witness the way Matthew brings songs to life. He has a unique way of giving them infinitely more refined and charactered identities, always perfectly so. I've played music all my life, but Matthew is undoubtedly a "real" musician; his technical prowess and imagination are truly masterful. A song can have a sufficient bass part, or it can have Matthew DeRubertis on it - the results will have two vastly different levels of quality and vibe.

  9. Review by Jim Stewart Recording
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    Matt is an incredible bassist that can fill a huge variety of genres. I've worked with Matt as a session musician in my studio on projects ranging from Gypsy Jazz, Blues, Soul, Ambient instrumental, Hip Hop, Folk, etc. and he always fit the vibe and feel of the tracks perfectly. I haven't found a scenario that he didn't absolutely make better with his playing and personality.

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GenresSounds Like
  • Pino Palladino
  • Tim Le Febvre
  • James Jamerson
Gear Highlights
  • Nash '63 P-Bass
  • Fender Jazz Fretless
  • Fender 62 reissue Jazz Bass
  • Warwick Thumb 5
  • Logic Pro X
  • Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface
  • Aguilar Tone Hammer preamp
  • Aguilar 4x10 cabinet
  • AMT S25B mic for recording upright bass.
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