I am the bass player with 40 years of experience of playing in bands and recording in studios for various artists in my country and region. I have recorded over 200 songs and make over 100 arangmenst for Tambura Orchestra and String quartet.
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3 ReviewsEndorse Blackton
Excellent bass player and complete musician.
Professional in his work.
Just as good in the studio as a live performer and music educator
Collaborated with many names of the music industry in our area.
He successfully ran a bass workshop in our city.
He is committed to his work and always ready to learn something new and different.
A man of tremendous musical experience and just as much energy.
An excellent musician and bass player I had the honor to work with
as a music producer.
Full of passion for his craft and a total pro.
He is quick to respond with ideas, understand exactly what the song needs.
Have ability to craft beautiful bass lines with great feel that will take your song to the higher level.
Never misses a beat,and always delivers a top quality session tracks .
He is also capable of writing a great string arrangement .
excellent bass player, in studio and live performance...we know each other for many years, very good cooperating ....excellent in education on bass guitar classes, with degree in high music school, also playing several instruments, established in our country, very good actor in video clips, multitalented and hugly professional
Interview with Blackton
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Sir George Martin,Denis Mujadžić- Denyken, Josip Cobra Kepe-Karabaja, Rupert Neve, George Harrison,Jeff Lynne,Tom Petty, John Entwistle, Greg Lake, Tony Levin, John Deacon, Peter Gabriel, Chick Corea, Ron Carter, Chuck Mangione, Steve Gadd,Billy Cobham, Sting, Prince, Ravi Shankar, Nora Jones, Anoushka Shankar, Paco de Lucía,Manitas de Plata, Francisco Tárrega, Ante Čagalj, Julian Bream, J. S. Bach, W. A. Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Frederic Chopin, Igor Stravinski....... and many, many, many others...... I almost forgot. J&J (Jaco and James), of course.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog, of course. Don't ask me why!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Four guitars and cigarettes.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I respond to the interview.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Now I'm trying to compose and I'm forced to play all the instruments myself and create all the stocks. It's quite challenging to compose without a band.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I was most employed as a bass player.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Fender Jazz Bass 78' (Bartolini electronics), Fender Precision Bass, Fender Jazz Bass fretless (Mexico), Framus 72' - 12 strings guitar, Epiphone Masterbilt acoustic guitar, Classic guitar (handmade by Mirko Hotko), Bisernica, Brač and Bugarija (tradicional Croation instruments-tambura), Mandoline (anknown luthier), Ampeg B15T, Ampeg Classic Analog PreAmp, Fender Bronco 40 bass amp, Woddie Monkey 15W tube amp (handcrafted by Denyken and Josip Cobra Kepe-Karabaja), Blackton tube bas preamp (handcrafted by myself), Blackton tube mic/line preamp (handcrafted by myself), Blackton reactive loud (handcrafted by myself), Focusrite Scarlett 6i6, JBL 3 series monitors, Sennheiser MD441 microphone, Zoom H2n handy recorder, Revox A77 tape recorder and others.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Two colleagues have been on the sounbetter with whom I played in a well-known cult group for many years.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: The words like "customer" and the "service provider" are hard to say. I think it disrupts the collaborative relationship. At the prices I pointed out it can be seen that I took the lowest one to create a collaborative relationship. If there was a zero dollar option I would have written it. I'm going to ask Soundbetter to put that option on as well. If my potential co-worker earns a million dollars, maybe they will remember me.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: If I work in a studio for a composer, I first ask him for the song lyrics, and while listening to the demo matrix, we talk to determine how the composer experiences the song. I love that the composer is with me because I can hear his instructions and respond immediately to the bass arrangement. That principle has proven to me to be successful. That's how I worked when I was playing in a band and they were preparing to record.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I glue the band together and create the foundation and atmosphere.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Musical bass line in the service of the song.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock music.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: In the process of creating a song, you must listen to all the instruments simultaneously. Bass and drums are the basis of the band and you need to create space for your instrument and taking care of all the sections and without disturbing the song hierarchy.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Joni Mitchell. She is the center of the Universe and there is so much space for creation around it.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I try to play as simple as possible, which is the greatest wisdom. Few notes at the right time and in the right place.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Considering I've been playing since 1975, that would be a really long story. I am also a music teacher so my career is interrupted because I could not do two jobs for one period. The most significant part of his career was playing for 12 consecutive years in a well-known group from the former Yugoslavia. The band is called "Zabranjeno pušenje" ("No Smoking") and I recorded six records with them and gave about a thousand concerts in the former Yugoslavia, Europe, America and Canada. We played from clubs, gyms and stadiums. When I talk about the American tour, I was particularly impressed with the concert at the Vic Theater in Chicago.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: So far, I have not had the honor of asking anyone any questions.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Music is a life-long process and as a life-calling many people do not understand it. Many people function as Coca Cola vending machines. You throw in the money and get what you want. So words like buyer and tenant may be true of another world where we artists should not be.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Given that there are no "customers" there is no answer. :)
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My promise to accept their composition as my prettily child.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Freedom of my mind.