A Rio de Janeiro native bassist/composer/arranger active on the Jazz, Pop/Rock and World Music scenes. Graduated on upright bass in ‘94 at Uni-Rio Conservatory, I play bass (upright, electric and fretless) and sing background vocals for brazilian popular singer/songwriters. On the jazz front, I lead my own Bruno Migliari Trio.

I will provide a top quality, groovy bass line for your song, regardless of genre - and spiced with a "brazilian flavor". I will send you at least two bass line options for each song, so you can choose or edit them together to your taste and preferences. I will complete a track within 3 days, but will conclude a bulk request (say 5 tracks) within a week.
Just send me your song and I will record the bass track (at least two options) with the highest quality possible and send it back to you.
I have worked in this fashion for The Voice Brasil TV show and for artists from all over the globe, such as Avi Wisnia (Philadelphia, USA), Q.Montana (Nairobi, Kenya), Silvia Nicolatto (São Paulo, Brazil), Elsa Chapman (London, England), Aravind (Bombay, India), Elements of Life (USA) - to name a few.

My credits include

AllMusic verified credits for Bruno Migliari:

  • Vander Lee
  • Vander Lee
  • Irreversiveis
  • Irreversiveis
  • Ana Carolina
  • Leila Maria
  • Danni Carlos
  • Lobão
  • Lobão
  • Quito Pedrosa
  • Cris Braun
  • Cris Braun
  • Claudio Henrique D. Torezan
  • Claudio Henrique D. Torezan
  • Claudio Henrique D. Torezan
  • Claudio Henrique D. Torezan
  • Claudio Henrique D. Torezan
  • Claudio Henrique D. Torezan
  • Claudio Henrique D. Torezan
  • Claudio Henrique D. Torezan
  • Claudio Henrique D. Torezan
  • Claudio Henrique D. Torezan
  • Claudio Henrique D. Torezan
  • Claudio Henrique D. Torezan
  • Marcus Nabuco
  • Roberto Frejat
  • Rui Motta

Gear highlights

  • 74' Fender Jazz Bass
  • 77' Fender Jazz Bass
  • 13' Fender Jazz Bass
  • 76' Fender Precision Bass PJ
  • 75' Fender Precision Bass PJ fretless
  • 91' Music Man Sting Ray 5
  • circa 1900 Acoustic Bass of Czech origin
  • Guasti-Bottoni french style bows

Genres I specialize in

Terms of Service

I will send you two bass line options for each song. I will complete a track within 2 days, but will conclude a bulk request within 5 days. One revision guaranteed.

Reviews of Bruno Migliari, 8VB Studio

  • Listing_thumb_sb9 months agoby Verified Review

    Che Bruno Migliari sia un grande professionista ed ottimo musicista già lo si sa. Qui voglio solo aggiungere che è un Gentiluomo, che con gran simpatia ed umiltà si è mostrato disponibile a qualsiasi indicazione.
    E poi è stato rapidissimo nella comunicazione e nella registrazione del brano (in appena 24 ore di tempo dall'ordine).
    GRANDE!!!!!

  • Default-avatar6 months agoby

    This guy is my white brother!!! A long time ago with my Band "Tuins", i turned your fan and friend. The Funky BassMan!!!

  • Default-avatar6 months agoby

    Bruno is an amazing player, with groove feel and the ability to deliver what the music needs! I've had the pleasure to play with him in countless projects and have known him since school days.
    A world class bassman!!

  • Default-avatar6 months agoby

    Bruno Migliari is an amazing musician and a great person to work with. We performed together in Brazil, France and Italy and it was always fantastic to work with him. He’s a very versatile and professional player that I highly recommend for any project.

  • Default-avatar6 months agoby

    Great musician ! A experient bass player! I had myself the experience of having his talent on recordings and even watching him in live performances. And a friend, producer says-"he 's got the chops, the gear and the understanding of a song. !

  • Default-avatar6 months agoby

    Great musician ! A experient bass player! I had myself the experience of having his talent on recordings and even watching him in live performances. And a friend, producer says-"he 's got the chops, the gear and the understanding of a song. !

  • Default-avatar6 months agoby

    When I first played with Bruno, I immediately realized that I was front of a great musician, with a lot of rhythm sense, and a great lyrical filing. One of the best musicians I ever met.

  • Default-avatar6 months agoby

    I have played with Bruno for many years, and always surprised me with his creativity, performance, musicality and compositions.... Be with Bruno on stage, studio and rehearsal is a safety and joy, his comping and improvising are always great....... Humberto Mirabelli

  • Default-avatar6 months agoby

    Bruno es un músico de mucho talento y experiência con quien tengo el honor de trabajar hace mas de 25 años. Ademas de su capacidad tecnica, tiene gran interes por una enorme gama de generos musicales. Como bajista, productor y compositor Bruno sigue un trayecto de constante evolución y aprimoramiento.

  • Default-avatar6 months agoby

    Bruno Migliari is one of the greatest bass player I've ever played in my career. A very versatile musician, Bruno is also a great producer and composer. Thanks for your music man. Christiano Galvão

  • Default-avatar6 months agoby

    Bruno is a great player and has an artistic and contemporary vision of his instrument. I've had the opportunity to work with him a few times, both in recordings and live shows. His work is impeccable. It is always a pleasure and an honor to play with Bruno. Here is a link to one of the work we did together https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eQISXeF5

  • Default-avatar6 months agoby

    Bruno has tone, feel and harmonic knowledge. Great musician!

  • Default-avatar6 months agoby

    Bruno is one of the best bass players I´ve worked with. He is not only a experienced musician, but he also contributes creatively with the project, when allowed to do so. I highly recommend his work and expertise.

  • Default-avatar6 months agoby

    I was able to count with Bruno's precise yet soulful playing in many recordings and live performances trough the years and I highly recommend him.
    He's got the chops, the gear and the understanding of a song.

  • Default-avatar6 months agoby

    I was able to count with Bruno's precise yet soulful playing in many recordings and live performances trough the years and I highly recommend him.
    He's got the chops, the gear and the understanding of a song.

  • Default-avatar6 months agoby

    Bruno is a great bass player!
    We recorded a few albums together and one of them was Onze Cabeças a Little Big Band project that we produced together. I Also recorded his latest single Totorello, beautiful!
    Avaliable at Apple Music.
    Check it out!

  • Default-avatar6 months agoby

    You can check the mastery of Bruno Migliari playing all the (many, many) basses on these albums that I had the privilege of his presence.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bO9diqIWJ8Y
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HWL4yfFlVY
    Antonio Saraiva

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Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I recently produced, arranged and played bass and Fender Rhodes on Avi Wisnia's new single, "Sky Blue Sky". It was a great "over-the-web" experience collaborating with him, he is a very talented songwriter and have some good arrangement ideas as well, and he asked me to produce de basic tracks for this Brazilian-inspired song, for which I called upon some very talented musicians: Marco Lobo (percussion) and Bernardo Bosisio (guitars and cavaquinho), handling myself the upright bass and the Fender Rhodes. Avi then added his voice, a melodica and a Fender Rhodes track of his own in Philly, and then sent me back his files so I could mix everything here at my own 8VB studio. Mastering was done in the US side of the production, and now the track is out in the wind. Fantastic!
What are you working on at the moment?
I'm working on my new album and touring with popular Brazilian singer/songwriter Frejat - as well as doing my weekly jazz gigs with my trio. I've been doing a lot of bass recordings on my studio too.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Yes. Drummer Cássio Cunha. The guy is a true monster!
Analog or digital and why?
Both. There's stuff that simply sounds better in "analog mode", while other stuff sound more "whole" in digital. For instance, I prefer to use analog pedals on my basses, but enjoy listening to CDs more than vinyls.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I'll make your song groove!
What do you like most about your job?
I love everything about it. I get to be creative and to collaborate with other artists like myself, the music community knows no boundaries or frontiers.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Could you play something like what I heard on that song on your SoundCloud playlist? I get that a lot, and it's all good, since I put those songs there to showcase my abilities, therefore they are serving the purpose…
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That a track should be re-recorded ad infinitum… I shouldn't - although technology might suggest otherwise. If it's good, it will happen with two or three takes.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What the final instrumentation on the song will be (will you add more stuff to it after the bass is added? will there be other low-end instruments, like synth bass or heavy percussion? Will it have strings or horns added to the song afterwards?). This usually guides my approach in terms of how much space should I leave, in which spots should I step out a little bit, etc…
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Call me! Send your files my way and I'll make them groove (lol). Seriously, provide as much guidelines as you see fit - written parts are welcome, as well as midi-bass reference tracks (please send those as separate tracks, so I can mute them when recording my own bass). Provide the needed technical info: bpm, bit-rate, sample-rate.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
My 74' Fender Jazz Bass, my 75' Fender Precision Fretless Bass, my 1900' Czech Upright Bass (with french bow!), my Ampeg Micro VR amp/cab stack and my piano!
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I started playing bass when I was 14 years old, and in three years I got my professional musician license. One year later I finished school and went straight to music University, where I graduated as an Acoustic Bass Major. I have never done anything else with my life but play my basses since then, and I've done it with many musicians from different parts of the world, for 30 years now - and counting…
How would you describe your style?
I groove hard, but elegantly! I guaranty people will move to the bass.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Peter Gabriel. He's a man of the world, his music has the most basic, earthy elements as well as the ethereal, high tech contemporary elements. A true artist of his time.
Can you share one music production tip?
Try to get the rhythm section playing together in the room. Magic is bound to happen!
What type of music do you usually work on?
My own writing is jazz-oriented with a strong groove to it (I call my music "atmospheric jazz"), but I work extensively with major Brazilian recording acts in the pop/rock vein, so I'm very used to laying down good old round and greasy grooves that "glue" in with the drums.
What's your strongest skill?
Groove and feel. I'm well-versed in many different styles and I thrive on music that has african roots to it - be it Brazilian, North-American, Afro Cuban or African.
What do you bring to a song?
I bring a Brazilian flavor to it, definitely. But I do it with "arranger's ears" - being an arranger myself - with lots of concern regarding instrumentation, dynamics, space and, first and foremost, the groove! If it doesn't groove, it ain't happening!
What's your typical work process?
When I first get a song from a client, a listen to it with full attention trying to grasp everything the song suggests me - be it rhythm/harmony/melody - related or lyrics-related - and build up a "draft baseline" in my head. Then I compare it with any reference the client might have provided (be it an audio track or a chart) and try to balance that reference with my own interpretation of the song. When I'm satisfied with what I created, I proceed to record the actual bass tracks. Usually the first version stays very close to the chart or reference (verbatim, if it's written part), whereas the second option is a more personal interpretation of the song. I encourage clients to combine both tracks on their final bass track, building a final result that meets their taste and still retains some unique flavor.
Tell us about your studio setup.
Recording system: Apple iMac w/2.93 GHz Intel Core i7 processor Logic 10 DAW software UA Apollo audio interface with tons of UA plug ins UA 4-710d Mic Pre-amp Assorted Audio Technica and AKG mics. Available Basses: 74' Fender Jazz Bass (rosewood neck) 77' Fender Jazz Bass (maple neck) 13' Fender Jazz Bass (rosewood neck) 76' Fender Precision Bass PJ (maple neck) 75' Fender Precision Bass PJ (fretless rosewood neck) 91' Music Man Sting Ray 5 (maple neck) circa 1900 Acoustic Bass of Czech origin (carved pine) 10' NS Design CRT4 electric upright bass Guasti-Bottoni french style bows Available Amplifiers: Ampeg Micro VR w/ Ampeg 2x10 cabinet Gallien-Krueger 800RB w/Mesa Boogie 1x15 and 2x10 cabinets Available DI/preamp boxes: EBS Micro bass II Radial Engineering Bass Bone Tech21 Sans Amp Bass DI Tech21 Character Series VT Bass Available effect pedals: EBS MultiComp Compressor EBS MultiDrive Overdrive EBS UniChorus Chorus/Flanger EBS OctaBass Octaver EBS BassIQ Envelope Filter EBS DynaVerb Reverb MXR M87 Bass Compressor MXR M182 El Grande Bass Fuzz MXR M288 Bass Octave Deluxe MXR M82 Bass Envelope Filter Electro-Harmonix Bass Balls Envelope Filter
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Michael League, Dave Holland, Christian McBride, Marcus Miller, Meshell Ndege Ocello, Sting, Pino Palladino, Jaco Pastorius, Esperanza Spalding, Tony Levin, Peter Gabriel, Prince, Avishai Cohen, Tower of Power, Steely Dan, Banda Black Rio, Hermeto Pascoal, Djavan, Milton Nascimento, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul, Stevie Wonder, James Brown.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I record bass tracks (normally two options) for artists from all over the globe. They send me an mp3 file with rhythm/harmony track providing the tempo and I record the bass of their choosing (acoustic, electric or fretless) over it, and send them finished WAV. files when I'm done. Quick and easy, top-notch quality.