A bass that fits your needs! Whether it's a punchy bass line, walking bass or melodic bowed lines you have come to the right place.
My name is Madalena Graça and I’m professional upright & electrical bass player. I am a full time musician and I devote most of my time recording and playing the bass. Along with my musical experience as side woman/session player over the last 15 years I also have a degree in jazz performance upright bass.
Loving what I do and working as session player all these years has made me develop my technique to play different styles of music fluently and accurately – I always love a good challenge.
With over 15 years of experience recording and playing both upright & electric bass across most genres I can provide you a bass that can elevate your music to the next level. Whether it's a punchy bass line, walking bass or melodic bowed lines you have come to the right place.
I love working with different artists and bringing a song to life!
I record my German upright bass through a Oktava MK012 or CAD M179 and a K&K BassMax pickup. I will send you both tracks so that you can blend them as much as you like.
For the electric setup I have a Jazz Bass and an Ibanez SR740 (active) which go trough a Mark Bass Little Mark or an Euphonic Audio iAMP350.
Everything goes though a Presonus interface directly into Logic.
I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.
7 Reviews - 1 Repeat ClientEndorse Madalena Graça
Thank you again for this really nice bass. You are really talented.
She played the very beautiful base this time too. She became an integral part of my project.
Thanks again great job! You can make sound very art!
She was a great job again this time too. I have nothing to say.
She can expression very art indeed by her bass. I'm really satisfactory.
She is blessed with great talent. I asked for a very artistic song this time but gave me a great idea. Thank you for your next work.
In short - I was looking for an upright bassist to play a vital role in my (very niche & unusual) song, & went away really happy!
Madalena seems to be able to bring a lot to pieces of different genres, so I contacted her about playing on a jazz/singer-songwriter/baroque piece on an upcoming release of mine. I'm so glad I did - she's skilled and at ease in those genres, welcomed both precise directions and the freedom to improvise, and brought steadiness and verve to the piece. It was a joy to work remotely with her - communication was great and speedy, & I felt I could trust her w/my song.
Interview with Madalena Graça
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mostly record upright bass for my clients, but sometimes I´m asked to do some electrical bass too. I work a lot with singer-songwriters, but have also done I lot of work for soundtracks and composers who are looking to have "real" upright bass on their tracks.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: It really depends on the situation, but the first thing I do is listen to track a couple of times trying to emerge myself in what the song is. If the client already has a clear idea of what the bass should play i.e sheet music, I will pickup the instrument and start learning and adapting the music to the song. If the client gives me full freedom of creativity I'm going to start recording just a bunch of ideas for myself. When I find a couple of ideas I like and see fit for the song I record them and send them to the client.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Most of times, less is more, so try to keep it simple.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I love to work with all kinds of artists and music styles.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: When I decided to be a professional musician there was no turning back anymore. Although guitar was a great love the bass just caught my attention. I graduated in jazz upright bass as a performer and immediately started to record for other artists and play live. The production side of things had been present since my early teen years, so adopting it to my career as a musician was an easy step. I've been a professional musician for the past 15 years and I will keep on going!
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: If you already have an idea of what the song should sound or what kind of a mood it represents to you, be annoyingly specific about it :) Every song or piece of music is unique!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: To be able to work with so many different kind of people and music. I always try to push myself getting over my comfort zone and I definitely love a great challenge.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: In my case I choose digital. Just because it takes less space and it is much more accessible in terms of work flow and affordability.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm recording some new tracks for my upcoming album.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I always track my upright with two channels: - Mic (Oktava MK012 or CAD M179 depending on the situation, whether the bass is bowed or plucked) - K&K BassMax Pickup which can help the mixing processing depending the client's needs Everything runs through a Presonus Interface directly into Logic. Rendering is done at 24bit.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: To make simplicity work.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Mostly jazz/pop but also a bit of classical when I work on soundtracks.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I would definitely recommend working with Hiro Furuya! Great producer and the communication/work flow with him is really on the spot.