Philip Pence

bass, guitars, drums, keys

84 Reviews (76 Verified)
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I am a professional studio musician/film & tv music producer specializing in bass, guitars, keys, drum programming as well as mixing and mastering. I have worked on many critically-acclaimed records & look forward to playing on yours! My work has been featured on the Today Show, ESPN, BBC, CMC as well as radio stations around the globe.

I produce tracks in my studio for film/tv use as well as many custom tracks for independent artists all over the world. My tracks have gotten millions of streams on all platforms.

I am currently the bassist/bandleader for Grammy-winning country artist, Kendell Marvel. We tour regularly with Chris Stapleton, Brothers Osborne, Jamey Johnson and play venues from clubs to stadiums around the world.

From 2012-2018, I was the bassist/bandleader for Drake White & The Big Fire. We have toured the world headlining venues in 20+ countries. I was the bassist on Drake's debut album, Spark (Dot Records), as well as the It Feels Good EP and Drake White & The Big Fire (Live).

Living in Nashville & working with the best studio musicians, artists, engineers, producers & songwriters in the world, I know what it takes to make a record pop from the groove perspective.

Your music deserves to have the best talent available and, in the modern era in which we live, it is completely acheivable. I want to help you execute your musical vision!

Whether you need country, pop, rock, jazz or even a hip hop line, I can lay it down & send you a WAV file that will make your track jump out of the speakers!

Let's make some music together!

I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.


AllMusic verified credits for Philip Pence
  • Drake White
  • Drake White
  • Drake White
  • Drake White
  • O'Shea
  • David Oakleaf and the Open Road
  • Heather Faraday
  • Thom Shepherd

84 Reviews - 12 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Danny Bless

    Philip works quickly and communicates well. It was a pleasure to work with him and bounce ideas back and forth. He take into account what you want and is a great team player.
    This is my first time working with another songwriter but I will definitely work with Philip again

  2. Review by

    Had a great experience with Philip Pence ! Has vision and great melody to songwriting !

  3. Review by Younghoon Kang

    He is always doing best!
    And his tracks are perfect!
    He is also creative!

  4. Review by Kyle H.

    Philip was quick, responsive, and able to make changes as needed!

  5. Review by Aaron Westberry

    very good

  6. Review by Brian Manasco

    Excellent musician! Second time working with him and will do so again in the future.

  7. Review by Younghoon Kang

    He is a great guitarist and bassist.
    Also, his great idea made my song so cool!

  8. Review by Michael Crow

    Philip did a great job backing up my song with bass. He was quick and communicated directly. First take--perfect!

  9. Review by Brian Manasco

    A++++ Very talented and knowledgeable musician. I told him a sound I was aiming for and he did a great job on it. Definitely recommend!

  10. Review by Junta P.

    Tight playing! great tone! fast turn around! What more can you want?

  11. Review by Thomas B.

    Philip delivered what was requested in a very timely manner and did an amazing job! Great communication as well. Would for sure book again!

  12. Review by Evan G.

    Always great working with Phil. Excited for the next project.

  13. Review by Younghoon Kang

    He is the best for me to work with.
    His bass is great! He really knows what I want every time.

  14. Review by Thomas B.

    Philip did such an amazing job with my project! He was quick & responsive and did exactly what I asked for. 10/10 would recommend working with him!! Thanks Philip!

  15. Review by raphael b.

    When I need a professional bass for my songs, my first choice is Philip ! Never disappointed. Sure he will make it right. Philip is a true professional. He is capable to quickly adapt to the client requests which is highly appreciated. Five stars for sure !

  16. Review by Younghoon Kang

    He is Greeeeeat bassist and very kind!
    He's the best!

  17. Review by Martin
    by Martin

    Another great production with Philip. This time I asked for a cool funky bass and I got it!!! Best to work with!

  18. Review by Nikitikitavi

    Philip worked easily with me to get me the guitar work we were looking for. He offered various options for the song, and each option held so many lovely treasures. it was sweet to hear his years of playing shining so brightly in the mix.

  19. Review by Boris B.

    Philip did a great job delivery promptly, and exactly to my liking for a double-tracked acoustic guitar rhythm strum track on an uptempo pop song. This style and tempo needed a very tight player, and his playing is super tight indeed. His sonic quality was great, i.e. lush and warm with the necessary brightness I also needed. He followed all instructions (sample freq, file type etc.) to the points, and he communicates really well. He went beyond the call of duty by supplying additional parts.

  20. Review by Chan N.

    Philip is an amazing writer and musician. Very responsive, detailed and cooperative. Has been a pleasure working with him since professionally is his top skill. Definitely recommended.

Interview with Philip Pence

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: I’m proud of the Drake White “Spark” record. (Dot/2016) I played bass on half of the record and, as a member of the band, it was cool to see the positive reaction from fans all over the world.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: I’m currently working on several singer-songwriter tracks, a bluegrass record & some pop country tracks.

  5. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  6. A: Analog sounds cool but is cumbersome and inefficient in today’s world most of the time. Digital is the way to go. With all the wonderful plug-ins available now, I can achieve that analog sound digitally.

  7. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  8. A: I’ll promise to do everything I can to help execute your vision and bring your songs to life.

  9. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  10. A: I love being able to take a raw song/idea and help bring it to life.

  11. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  12. A: Turnaround time: usually 1 week What can you do for the project? Add energy & integrity.

  13. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  14. A: The biggest misconception about what I do is that it should be done for free.

  15. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  16. A: What is your vision for my involvement? What time frame are you working with? Deadlines? Reference tracks?

  17. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  18. A: Hiring a professional can really take your ideas to the next level. The cost is minimal when you realize the value you’re receiving is 10-fold.

  19. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  20. A: I would want: My Yamaha acoustic Rode NT-2A Fender Jazz bass Focusrite interface w/ headphones Macbook Pro M-Audio keyboard

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

  22. A: I have always wanted to pursue music as a career. I have been playing professionally for 20+ years.

  23. Q: How would you describe your style?

  24. A: My style is funky & groove-oriented.

  25. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  26. A: I would like to work with Ed Sheeran because I think he has a fresh approach to cool music.

  27. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  28. A: Listen. You can’t track/mix with your eyes. If something sounds “off” or “wrong” to you, it probably is and should be fixed.

  29. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  30. A: Living in Nashville, I usually work on country songs but I can work other genres comfortably.

  31. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  32. A: My strongest skill is playing stringed instruments (guitar, bass, etc), keyboards & building tracks.

  33. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  34. A: I bring energy, substance & integrity to any song I work on.

  35. Q: What's your typical work process?

  36. A: I start with a vision of how I want the track to sound. Then, I use my gear to recreate what I’m hearing in my head.

  37. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  38. A: Logic Pro X Focusrite Liquid Saffire 56 Interface Universal Audio LA-610 Avalon U5 Mics: Rode NT-2A Shure SM 7B Shure Bullet Shure SM 58 Audio Technica 4050 Yamaha Acoustic guitar Fender classical guitar Fender Stratocaster Eastman hollowbody electric w/ bigsby Fender P bass Fender J bass 5 Fender P bass (flatwound strings) Kala Ubass (fretless) Bouzouki Mandolin Ganjo M-Audio Oxygen 25 keyboard Yamaha 88 note keyboard Tons of plugins: Waves Soundtoys Valhalla Bias FX Bias Amp Superior Dummer Spectrasonics RMX

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

  40. A: I’m inspired by cool country & Americana music.

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

  42. A: Electric bass tracks in all genres. Building tracks for singer/songwriters.

Philip Pence "What It Do"

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Terms Of Service

I will allow two revisions. Turnaround time is about 10-14 days, usually sooner. I will send you back WAV files.

GenresSounds Like
  • Imagine Dragons
  • All Time Low
  • Drake
Gear Highlights
  • Fender Jazz Bass (5 string)
  • Fender Precision Bass (4 string w/ flatwound strings)
  • Gibson Thunderbird Bass
  • Kala U-bass (Ukulele bass)
  • Universal Audio LA-610 Mk II
  • Logic Pro X
  • Focusrite Saffire Liquid 56 interface
  • tons of high end plugins
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