A rock bassist and vocalist with a penchant for melody, timing, storytelling, and power. Whether it's the low-end for a groovy rock, pop, or folk tune, or a sometimes gritty, sometimes clean but dynamic and expressive vocal melody, I have you covered.
I am a Dallas-based singer-songwriter, bassist, and lyricist that has worked with several bands from the Dallas-Fort Worth scene, and I am determined to expand on my craft and offer something original, inspiring, and uniquely yours.
I have been active for nearly 10 years, doing everything from creating my own music (my 1st solo record, Growing Pains, released in 2018), to singing in Top-40/Pop cover acts, to playing as a session bassist for various original and cover-based groups.
As an independent artist, my passion is in the details - I obsess over the feeling, the subtleties, and the harmonic content that isn't so directly obvious. What I will do for you is give you something truly personal, something truly engaging and enriching to the listener, and even reader (for those who love to read the lyrics).
For those looking for bass, I specialize in rock, pop, and folk music, but am happy to discuss your project beforehand and see if I can offer what it is you're looking for. For vocals, I have done pop, r'n'b, folk, metal, rock, and blues styles, and therefore can adapt to the needs of your song or record. For lyrics, I truly feel I excel in storytelling and allegory, without using so many metaphors that the story becomes obtuse or unable to be followed.
I can't wait to see what we can do, and I look forward to hearing from you. Feel free to ask any questions.
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Interview with Austin Gordon
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common is either singing harmony on a song (either in duet form or in background form), or providing bass for rock or pop-rock leaning songs.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: All kinds - from songwriters, to composers, to bassists. Dustin Kensrue, Richard Edwards, Phoebe Bridgers, Olafur Arnalds, Nils Frahm, Noah Gundersen, Brent Rusinow, Ed Breckenridge, David Ramirez, Colin Greenwood, Julien Baker.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Currently it's really modest, but it gets the job done. A Line 6 Helix for all guitar and bass tones, running into a Macbook Pro that runs Ableton Live 9 Suite. I monitor through JBL LSR305's. I have the Steven Slate and Waves plugin bundles, and utilize those in virtually every recording.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: My typical work process, whether it's a vocal, bass line, or for lyrics, is to start with an outline and then work from within. I will generally improvise the sketch/outline, and then dig into the inspiring components that naturally surface from it. After this, with a more nuanced and focused idea of the complete picture, I perfect it and work with the details to bring it full circle.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: My roots lie within the emotive, anxious, and often exhausting stories of rock and singer-songwriter music, and so my approach has always been to discover the stand-out quality that I believe every composition has in it. There is always a chord voicing, melody, narrative, or rhythmic element that can take a work to its next level, and finding it is the key to creating something engaging and authentic. I believe I'm able to find those components and emphasize them in a way that works for the artist and for the listener.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock, pop, and folk/americana.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Noah Gundersen. His storytelling style and musical style has always just clicked for me, and I just want to learn about what inspires him and what drives his musicianship forward.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: While I've been playing and making music for the last 10 years, up until the last 3 years, I had been playing music pretty casually while working other full-time jobs to support myself. Last year, I made the decision to leave behind the non-music related work and jump fully into making a living from music. So far, it's been successful, albeit difficult, but I refuse to quit and keep moving forward.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To always give them something unique, special, and compelling to take with them on their own musical journey.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. It's about what best serves the song. John Mayer has brought an Akai MPK and no amps to sessions, because he understands that with the rise of electronic and digital production, the frequency space in which a guitar will sit isn't always complimented by micing up amplifiers. I've always viewed instruments as tools; beautiful ones at that, but still tools. Knowing the limitations of your tools and knowing what a song needs are two critical skills that I think once someone has down, enables them to perform to the best of their ability and to serve the needs of the song.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am currently the full-time bassist and background vocalist for singer-songwriter Brigitte Mena, sub-bassist for TBA Music, and am working on the follow-up record to my 1st solo record, Growing Pains.