Jelmer de Haan

Session Bassist

4 Reviews (2 Verified)
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Full time Berlin Based Bassist. Specialized in laid back groovy lines.

I'm a full time session bassist living in Berlin. I have a lot of experience recording in studios. With my selection of analog (pre-)amps, effects, mics and good quality instruments, I provide high quality bass and synth tracks from my studio in Berlin.

For each recording I provide 3 takes. The 1st being the basic 'pocket'-feel, the 2nd a version with some more variations, and as 3rd a version with some experimentation in it.

I provide you with raw files of the (Tube)DI channel, and if you want also a Mic channel. If requested I can also do a pre mix of the Bass.

Specialized in:

Laid-back Grooves, Pop, (Neo-)Soul, R&B, Rock, Jazz, Funk, Ska, Singer-Songwriter, Folk

Able to play with or without click-track

I can read notes, chord symbols, midi tracks, or learn by hearing.

If you don't have your bass line or arrangement ready, I can help you to create these.

More Samples at the bottom of this page

Selected gear list:

Custom- 5 String Jazz-Bass, Bartolini pickups, roudwound D'addario's
'83 Japanese Precision-Bass, flatwound La Bella's
Ibanez SR1000 Prestige LTD.
Various other basses (Fretless, Uke, Acoustic, Upright)
Korg MS-2000
Various synths

Focusrite Clarett+
Ampeg PF-50 Tube (Pre-)Amp
Tech21 Sansamp Analog DI/Driver
Boss OC-2
Various fx's
Epifani 2x12 cab
Various cabs
Ableton 11 Suite
Various Mics

Would love to hear from you. Click the contact button above to get in touch.

4 Reviews

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  1. Review by Niklas B.

    I've had the great pleasure to work with Jelmer on 4 of my tracks for a live-video-session. It was simply wonderful. I got to know an incredible bass player with amazing (!) groove and feel for the music! Jelmer helped us a lot with his experience, professionalism and calmness. Thank you Jelmer!

  2. Review by Andrew W.

    Fast turn around and great tone that fit right into my song . Quality recorded and well played tracks . i look forward to working with Jelmer again .

  3. Review by Laura Lloreta

    I met Jelmer in 2017, back when he was part of the house band of two of the greatest jam sessions in Berlin: the Urban Base jam at the Greenhouse, and the Noize Fabrik session.
    Ever since then, we have worked together and partaken in various projects, and he is my go-to bass player because of his undoubtable talent, impeccable taste, versatility, professionalism, and last but definitely not least, his high level of humanity. I always learn a lot from him and his approach to the industry, and I would recommend him to everyone.

  4. Review by Garfive

    I've had the pleasure of working with Jelmer de Haan on several projects in the past couple of years - both in the studio and on stage - and I'm still always baffled by his professionalism and his competence. Jelmer is a complete musician, full of experience, master of his trade and extremely reliable. I believe him to have a perfect balance in bringing his own initiative and skills to a project, while staying well on track and delivering more than satisfactory results tailored to the brief. 1000% recommend.

Interview with Jelmer de Haan

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

  2. A: There are so many, some small lists Bassists: Pino Palladino, James Jamerson, Tim Lefebvre, Meshell Ndegeocello, Jaco Pastorius, Nathan East, Thundercat. Producers: Apparat, Terrace Martin, Flying Lotus, Arca. Music: David Bowie, Björk, Radiohead, Moderat, D'Angelo, Pink Floyd.

  3. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  4. A: My musical life started at age five. After a brief stop at the drums, I followed classical piano lessons from age six till thirteen. I enjoyed the piano a lot, but after holding a bass once during a school class, I decided to switch instruments. I formed my first bands in high school, and discovered that one of my favorite things to do is to improvise. This led me to the conclusion that I should study jazz music. After high school I got accepted into the Prins Claus Conservatorium's ´New York comes to Groningen´ jazz program, from which I graduated in 2015.

  5. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  6. A: My studio is based in Berlin's Neukölln district. Upstairs there is my desk with computer and monitors. And downstairs there is the basement filled with basses, synthesizers and other studio equipment.

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

  8. A: Most often a client will come with a demo song without any bass line on it. They ask me to write and play a bassline for them in a certain style.

Showreel with several excerpts of songs

I was the Bassist and wrote the basslines in this production

Terms Of Service

2 revisions. Typical turn around 1-2 days. I have access to almost any mics or other equipment for rent, just ask and I can provide a price.

GenresSounds Like
  • Pino Palladino
  • James Jamerson
  • Tim Lefebvre
Gear Highlights
  • 5 String Custom Jazz
  • '83 P-Bass
  • Ampeg PF-50
  • Epifani 2x12
  • Boss OC-2
  • Minimoog Model D
  • Korg MS2000
  • Fretless Bass
  • Upright Bass
  • Focusrite Clarett+ 4pre
  • Software; Ableton 11 Suite
  • Fabfilter
  • Soundtoys
  • Izotope
  • Universal Audio
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SoundBetter Deal

Discounts on bigger projects. Possibility to also book a live drummer and other instrumentalists in Berlin, to get a live rhythm section sound.