I'm here to provide expressive bass & production to make your music stand out! I have over 4000 songs under my belt including platinum records as session bassist & producer. Working with artists I admire like Martha Wash (It's Raining Men), Darlene Love, & David Broza, my passion is making the artist shine in the best light possible.
I've always been a hands on musician starting my musical instrument discovery at age 3. While bass is my first love, my productions usually incorporate a combination of live instruments including guitars, synths, percussion, live drums, & programming/beat making.
To be a professional musician in Israel meant learning how to master different styles from American to African, Brazilian & Eastern European music. By age 15, I was garnering a name and working professionally as a bassist and eventually music director/producer with legendary Israeli artists, Idan Raichel, David Broza, Matti Caspi, Shiri Maimon (bassist platinum album), Boaz Sharabi (bassist platinum album), & many more. This allowed me the incredible experience of touring all over the world with artists I love and grew up on.
Reaching the height of my career in Israel brought me to NYC where I continued my production, live playing and music directing with more unforgettable artists like Marth Wash (Everybody Dance Now), Darlene Love & tons of touring & local acts.
Connecting with artists to bring out their vision and sound with my productions and playing is literally my favorite thing to do! That's where you come in. As you share your music with me, I will put care and time into crafting the perfect bass lines and productions so you can be proud of what you share with the world. Let's do this! Message me.
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2 ReviewsEndorse Uri Kleinman
I have been working with Uri over the past 7 years and when it comes to bass playing he is my go to guy. Professional, attentive, quick, producer-approach to music are only a few of the things that describe him as a musician. Aside from that, he’s a gentleman and cares about the client’s vision. I can’t recommend him enough!
If I could give him 10 stars, I would! Uri is a gentle soul with profound musical depth. He took my songs and with total patience and dedication turned my ideas into groovy magic. He is the complete package from his productions, bass playing, backup vocals, arranging, guitar playing, creative percussion and synth landscapes, to his ability to connect me with the perfect collaborators to achieve our goals. He brought in an incredible string arranger and then recorded and conducted the Juliard quartet with excitement! I felt I could TOTALLY depend on him the whole time. You are in good hands.
Interview with Uri Kleinman
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: For the past 6 months, I've been co-writing, producing and mixing with published songwriter and signed artist, Clara Lofaro on her new EP, More Than I Am to be released on Antifragile Music this fall.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm producing a song for a young and talented artist as well as, writing and producing songs for artists and sync usage.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Ziv Shalev for guitars, Clara Lofaro for songwriting and vocals, Yoed Nir for cello, and Robert L. Smith for engineering and mastering.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Whatever sounds the best and works for the song.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will treat your music with the same passion I put into any other project.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: "How do I reach a broader audience?" My response, "Be sincerely you in your performance because that's what people connect to."
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: People think that if you are working in this business, you are automatically living your dream and having a fun and stress-free life. I think you need to enjoy the music you are making and the company you are keeping for that to be true.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: How can I help you? What is the sound you are looking for? Do you have references for the sound you are looking for? What's your deadline? What is your goal with this music?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: The journey of music making is a blessing so whatever you do needs to be done with respect and love. Make sure you feel that connection with whoever you choose to hire and make music with.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Percision bass, Martin acoustic guitar, pandeiro, Mac laptop and Apollo interface.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: As mentioned in my bio, I've been making music professionally for over 20yrs. I began as a bassist at age 15 performing/recording with artists and evolved to be a producer and music director. This lead me to New York City where I currently live.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Whatever is grooving and feels good; that's my style.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Stevie Wonder. He's an idol of mine instrumentally and as a songwriter.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: We are the listeners of the music we create. Make sure you are excited about and enjoy the music you are creating. If you feel good about your music, other people will feel good about it as well.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I just love good music and I get a chance to work on lots of different genres. Lately, I'm working mostly on contemporary music from acoustic pop, singer/songwriter, and groove-based soulful records.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My ability to record multiple instruments in the studio.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring my taste and experience. I love good songs and I'm passionate about the process of record making. I love to add my playing to a track (bass, guitar, percussion...). This gives the song its own unique sound.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I look for something to inspire me like a melody, groove, or bass line. It can be different every time but most of the time it will start with a beat.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a 2019 MacBook Pro that I use for my home studio and I take on the road with me as needed. I'm using Cubase as my DAW. I have ADAM S2-A monitors, I use the UAD Apollo twin MK2 Quad and the UAD Apollo X8 interfaces. I have a Neve 1272 preamp and a Quad 8 preamp for tracking. I also use the Aguilar tone hammer 500 with a Mark bass cabinet. I have the Neumann TLM 103 mic, and a few Shure 57's.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Daniel Lanois, Rick Rubin, Bruno Mars, Steve Wonder, Hozier, James Blake, Jimi Hendrix, Dr Dre, George Martin, Quincy Jones, Brian Eno, Max Martin.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I do session work as a bass player for other artists, co-write and produce songs for artists, TV, and commercials.