Martin Motnik

Session Bass Player

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German-born studio and session bass guitarist, known for being a versatile electric and upright bass player, a pioneer in online music recording, and his work with Uli Jon Roth (The Scorpions) and German metal legends ACCEPT.

I've developed my own recording studio in Nashville, optimized for bass recording, after having worked for many years as a studio bass player all over the world. I've had the honor to record with many musicians, like the ones on the list below, and I would love to play for you too!

Recording credits

Gregg Bissonette (David Lee Roth, Ringo Starr, Carlos Santana et al.)
Hal Blaine (Nancy Sinatra, Elvis Presley, John Denver, the Ronettes, Simon & Garfunkel, the Carpenters, the Beach Boys et al.)
Don Randi (Linda Ronstadt, Quincy Jones, Cannonball Adderley, Herb Alpert, Sarah Vaughan, Frank Zappa et al.)
Matt Bissonette (Don Henley, Joe Satriani et al.)
Chad Wackerman (Frank Zappa et al.)
Michael Landau (Miles Davis, Michael Jackson, Pink Floyd, B.B. King, Ray Charles et al.)
Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp, Bob Seger, Elton John, Meat Loaf et al.)
Chris Slade (AC/DC, Manfred Mann's Earth Band, Asia et al.)
Atma Anur (Jason Becker, Richie Kotzen, Tony MacAlpine et al.)
Mattias "IA" Eklundh (on Steve Vai's label Favored Nations)
Harold Faltermeyer (Composer “Top Gun”, “Beverly Hills Cop” etc.; producer Billy Idol, Jennifer Rush et al.)
World's Apart (European platinum awarded band)
Martha Wash feat. RuPaul

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


AllMusic verified credits for Martin Motnik
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  • Darkseed
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  • Crave and Wonder
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Interview with Martin Motnik

  1. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  2. A: Every component in a signal chain is important, and I believe in "Less is more" since every piece can break or add unwanted noise. I start out with high-quality basses, either my three custom Ritter bass guitars or one of my upgraded Fender basses. Then I use a high-quality cable to go into a Universal Audio LA-610 preamp for a light compression and tube sound, then into an Avid Eleven Rack audio interface which has proven to have a fantastic A/D converter built in. That is connected to my Apple computer on which I run Logic Pro X. Even though I usually deliver a track with a very clean signal so that my client has a great sounding starting point. But I do have a very large collection of plugins if there's a certain effect that requested. I also have a Gallien-Krueger bass setup and a few pedals if that sounds needs it. But these days 95% of all sound requirements can be achieved within the computer, often with better results and non-destructive editing capabilities.

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

  4. A: I often record on songs with musicians such as Frank Zappa's Chad Wakerman or The Aristocrats' Marco Minnemann on drums, and the guitar player often being like Michael Landau. These ultra high-profile players motivate me to always give my best since that's the only way someone deserves to work with people in that league.

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

  6. A: I've been repeatedly booked for demanding songs with lots of timing and/or tempo changes, such as in progressive rock. I also very often get straight rock, pop, and country songs to play on which I do enjoy a lot since I love developing supportive and groovy bass parts.

Jason Sadites with Chad Wackerman

I was the bass player in this production

GenresSounds Like
  • Accept
  • The Scorpions
Gear Highlights
  • Ritter Custom Basses (Fretted and Fretless)
  • Fender Jazz Bass & Precision basses
  • electric and acoustic upright basses
  • Universal Audio preamp
  • Avid interface
  • Logic Pro
  • extensive collection of plugins
  • Gallien-Krueger amplifiers
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