One of the most in demand session bassist for hip-hop today. Credits include: G-Eazy, Jazmine Sullivan, H.E.R., Chris Brown, YFN Lucci, Cordae, 2Chainz, and more.
Since 2009 I've toured and recorded bass for artists and organizations such as 2 Chainz, American Idol, Ariana Grande, Jazmine Sullivan, Chris Brown, Cordae, Fat Joe, G-Eazy, H.E.R., T.I., Trey Songz, Snoop Dog, and many more.
I've been blessed to work and learn from producers like Cardiak, Cliff Downs, Derek George, Greg Archilla, Micah Wilshire, N8Fortune, and Ross Lara.
G-Eazy & Chris Brown - "Provide"
Jazmine Sullivan - “On It” feat Ari Lennox
H.E.R. - "Damage"
T.I. - "Moon Juice"
Trey Songz - "Back Home feat. Summer Walker (Quarantine 2020)
Fat Joe - "Drive" from the record Family Ties
Chris Brown - "Come Together" ft H.E.R. (Certified Platinum) from the record Indigo
Cordae - "Wintertime" & "Thousand Words" from the record Lost Boy (Grammy Nominated Best Rap Album of the year 2020)
Layton Greene - "Leave Em Alone" (Billboard #1 Urban & Certified Gold)
2 Chainz - "Rule The World" ft Ariana Grande from the record Rap or go to the League (GOLD)
My signal chain is as follows.
91' Fender Precision Bass 4 String
16' Fender American Elite P Bass 5 String
99' Fender Marcus Miller J Bass 4 String
02' Fender American Jazz Bass 4 String
19' Ernie Ball Music Man Sting 5 Stringray Special Dark
66' Hagstrom Bass
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Interview with isaacwriston
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Credits for 2019 include: Fat Joe - "Drive" from the record Family Ties Chris Brown - "Come Together" ft H.E.R. (Certified Platinum) from the record Indigo YBN Cordae - "Wintertime" & "Thousand Words" from the record Lost Boy (Grammy Nominated Best Rap Album of the year 2020) Layton Greene - "Leave Em Alone" (Billboard #1 Urban) 2 Chainz - "Rule The World" ft Ariana Grande from the record Rap or go to the League
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common application of my service is a client will send me a mp3 with the BPM of the song and any notes / charts they have. Once I get set up, I keep my signal chain very minimal so you can do what you want with my bass. The tone is produce is very clear and clean. NO muff, NO grit. Just clean tone that you can morph into anything you want.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: My biggest influences are Leland Sklar and Pino Palladino. I like recordings where each instrument and nuance are easy to pick apart. For instance, if I were behind FOH during a concert, I would want to know exactly what the bass player and drummer are about to do before they do it because they're on the same page. I feel the same about my studio work. I want you to have the cleanest and clearest signal from me since we aren't in the same room that way you can do whatever you want to the canvas I provide.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My signal chain is as follows. Fender P Bass *Delano Pickups* - Tuner - MXR M81 PreAmp - Rupert Neve DI - Apogee One - ProTools
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I will typically listen to the song about 4 times, write a chart if I need to on the last pass, test the chart and record a scratch bass, listen back to the scratch making taste notes on my chart, analyze the melody - see if I can make something tasty happen in usually just one part of the song as to not step on the toes of the producer / once I find that part I'll generally provide a pass of that section where I don't provide the taste. That way if all you want it straight playing, you'll get it.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I feel like my presence in a song brings unity. As in my personal life, I really love being able to serve people with what God has given me.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is my ability to play where the drums play. If the drums are ahead, I'll stay ahead. If there are no drums, I will STAY heavy on the click. I've had several producers compliment my time in saying "I honestly don't have to touch your bass at all / you're that locked in".
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Living in Nashville, I obviously track on a lot of country demos and records. This past year (2015) I've been recording a LOAD of hip-hop bass. Think Dre meets J. Cole.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: The only tip I would have would be a general suggestion. Let the producer grit the bass up. I strive my hardest to provide CLEAN and clear bass tone. Just because it cuts, doesn't mean your tone doesn't suck.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: My dream gig is Jay-Z. I don't think I need to explain why.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style would be best described as I play to what I'm tracking on. I am a confident chameleon.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: My career path is "yeah, I'll be there". I used to draw pictures of rigging plots and stage designs when I was in High School. Even in College all I wanted to do is be on the road. Over the past 7 years I've stayed quite busy being around like minded people.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My precious Mac, my Apogee interface, my backup drive with all of my sessions, my P-Bass, and my midi controller so I can track midi drums and sample the nature around me to make music out of the wilderness.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be confident in what you have created and go in swinging. Don't leave anything up to chance. Since we aren't in the same room, come to the table with EVERYTHING you want to see happen from me. Seeing as how this can be an expensive alternative to a traditional studio setting (studio time, travel, cartage) you need to treat your initial connection with someone like me the most informative it can be.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Where is your heart in the project and what does this song mean to you? Where do you want this song to go in terms of the rhythm section? What kind of tone are you seeking from me? - I'm sure all of these questions will be answered if the prospective client has read most of the interview.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I don't really subscribe to misconceptions. I subscribe to being a positive.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can you play the Seinfeld theme? HA. Just kidding. I can't think of anything right now, but I will edit this question when I think of something.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Since I am my own boss, I hold myself to a very high standard... being my own employee and all. I like the ups and downs of this industry. I keeps me hungry and vigil.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My promise is I will give you what you wanted the first time. If I miss that, call me out and I'll make it right.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Nick Scallorn