Charlie_R_ Hartley bass

Bassist, Arranger, Composer

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Taking care of the low end of your music!

Professionalism, Integrity, and Reliability are the principles I work by.

My goal is to serve your music! I have a strong work ethic, which has afforded me the privilege of being able to study Music at the Liverpool Institute of Performing arts. The UK's leading school within the industry. I am very versatile and can adapt to work in whatever way work for you best. I am a reader, so notation or chord charts are both no problem.

Whether you need a funky slap bass groove, a mellow walking bass line for your jazz tune, big riffs for your rock track. Whatever your style, whatever you need, I strive to make my contribution help make your track the best it can be.

I also arrange and compose, please feel free to look at my current portfolio on Sound Cloud, which I am currently in the process of updating.

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

Interview with Charlie_R_ Hartley bass

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

  2. A: Jazz and Soul/R&B are genres I work with quite regularly, as I work on a permanent basis with two clients within these genres. However, I am a lover of all music, so I'm always getting involved with other styles. This goes from hip-hop to metal and everything in between. There is soo much music out there, and with that comes soo much opportunity. So, I'd never want to put myself in box and say I do just one thing because my aim is be as musically open and rounded as possible, thats what makes me tick.

  3. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  4. A: My University Christmas Concert with the Big Band, it was my first big production for a long time, and also my first experience doing something so reading intensive in a jazz context. We'd been working on it tirelessly for at least 3 months before the first show. And we told that it was one of the best they have had, really humbling that people were so receptive and enjoyed it so much- it's that joy of an audience that makes me love what I do all the more

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

  6. A: Currently working on expanding my arrangement and composition portfolio. This year I've composed my first big piece for orchestra, and have since done some smaller ones as part of my degree. I'm looking at doing another big one sometime in the summer, and also working on drafting my first Big Band arrangment.

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

  8. A: My promise no matter what you need, I will do it with 100% passion and commitment. I will serve your music so it enhances and shows you off in the best light, groove, time keeping and feel are the core of what I do, and will under no circumstances be compromised.

  9. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  10. A: The sheer variety. I keep myself open to everything and anything, I love the challenge and also the joy of being able to collaborate with something different each day

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

  12. A: John Mayor or Bruno Mars. Both of them are insane musicians and performers. I've always been blown away by their records and live performances. what an honour it would be to be a piece of the puzzle in some of those musical arrangements that so many people have come to love.

  13. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  14. A: My attention to detail. I am very conscious about how my playing fits with the rest of a rhythm section/ensemble,

  15. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  16. A: Something that it serves the music, mood, thoughts and feelings the client is trying to achieve. The artist and music comes first, period.

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

  18. A: Pino Paladio and James Jamerson are my biggest inspirations. Not only are their lines tasteful, but fundamentally they serve the music. They have their own individually recognisable flair, but that doesn't compromise/take away from anything else, or the fundamental role of keeping the groove and locking in with the drums

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

  20. A: I mainly do session and depp work across all styles. This can be anything from filling in for a wedding band to a jazz trio, or rock band. So it's very varied, which always keeps me on my toes. I do have regular engagements playing a residency as part of a Jazz Trio and also with an upcoming artist Molly Green. This year I've also been involved with my University big band as one of two core bassists

Terms Of Service

Bass- 3-5 working days

String Arrangements (Small arrangements 5-7 working days, bigger arrangements subject to discussion)

Gear Highlights
  • Fender Jazz Bass
  • Fender P Bass
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Student Rates (Main goal is to build up my portfolio)

  • Live Session 2 at Liverpool Arts BarApr 21, 2020

    Here's another live session I got the privilege to play. This one was with Molly Green, very exiting artist with big things on the way that I now play for as her full time session bassist. Love working with everyone in the team. Anyway, here's us getting down and groovvvyyy.

    Link- Molly Green Live at Liverpool Arts Bar

  • Live Session at Liverpool Arts BarApr 21, 2020

    So happy I've found this feature (Can share cool stuff with you now). Here's a session I did for artist Aleya Mae November last year. I play with these musicians a lot and it's always been a pleasure.  Aleya Mae at Liverpool Arts Bar