Philip Pence

electric bass, guitars

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Philip Pence on SoundBetter

I am a professional studio/touring bassist & guitarist. I have played on many critically-acclaimed records & look forward to playing on yours! Drake White & The Big Fire, Wade Hayes, Rachel Proctor, Bryan White, O'Shea

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).

Drake White & The Big Fire have also toured as direct support for Zac Brown Band, Little Big Town, Dierks Bentley, Randy Houser, Blackberry Smoke, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Toby Keith, Kip Moore and others as well as being featured live on the Today Show and Good Morning America.

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!

Send me a note through the contact button above.

Credits

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

55 Reviews - 5 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Martin P.
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    Philip is an very talented arranger and player!!! He works again with me on an indie rock song and his delivery was amazing!!! It's a great honor for me to work with!!!

  2. Review by Trey Porter
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    Super fast and also competent in doing the job needed, 5/5!

  3. Review by Chris D.
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    Philip did an amazing job. The song was exactly what I was looking for. He was thorough in his communication with me and was quick and efficient with his work. It was an absolute pleasure working with him.

  4. Review by MP Grey
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    Philip is a great musician and brings out amazing guitar & bass arrangements for my songs. Best to work with!!!

  5. Review by Danny Gramberg
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    Philip, the man with the guitar and the huge bass. The man who takes the final product to an energy and powerful level. Pure mixing and mastering like a pure diamond. I enjoyed the fast cooperation, I have experienced that he felt exactly what I had in mind. I look forward to a next project with him. Thank you Philip! If I can do something for you, I'm here!

    Greetz,

    Danny Gramberg

  6. Review by Tim hysen
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    Fourth time I’m using philips bass playing and for a reason.
    Very quick and very reliable, no need for revisits and he nailed this ska/rock song perfectly.

  7. Review by George A.
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    Talented, friendly, and great communication. Philip is the best!

  8. Review by George A.
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    I love philip's work. He definitely finds the groove!!

  9. Review by Tim hysen
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    Philip is as always a pleasure to work with, knows what he’s doing and deliver fast. My go to guy when it comes to bad ass playing, and hope I will work with him again

  10. Review by George A.
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    Great musician!! Has an amazing ear for music. He knew exactly what my songs needed. I will be using Phillip for future projects as well.

  11. Review by MP Grey
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    Another amazing experience with Philip! Great Bass & Guitar for a funky track!!! Best to work with!

  12. Review by Tim hysen
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    The second time I’ve been working with Philip and it will not be the last one. He truly can play and mix any type of genre and with a great dialog and swift replies which can be very useful when living on the other side of the globe. If you choose to work with Phil I promise you will NOT regret it.

  13. Review by MP Grey
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    Philip delivered a full Bass & Guitar Arrangement for another Song. It is such a pleasure to work with! He comes up with an amazing creativity and brings the song on a higher level!!!

  14. Review by Tim hysen
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    Phil was an absolute please working with. He put some horn and a kick ass base guitar over my track and finished it off with a killer mix. Fast and responsive with a great communication and I’ll definitely will choose Phil again.

  15. Review by Antony Venneri (Shiny Glide)
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    Philip is a very professional bass player with good taste and consideration for the song and for the artist and he is a very nice guy too

  16. Review by Tim hysen
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    First time working with Philip and he understood exactly what the song needed to get that extra push. He recorded the bass line within 24 hours and no revisits needed. A big thank you to you Philip.

  17. Review by MP Grey
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    Another inspiring production with Philip. He delivered ons more very addictive bass & guitars. The best to work with!

  18. Review by KWADI
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    Philip is a real pro!!! Super quick and no revisions needed. I can't wait to work with you again!!

  19. Review by MP Grey
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    Philip once again comes up with awesome bass & guitar tracks for my song. It is always a pleasure to work with!

  20. Review by HAZRD
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    Philip nailed the bass I needed for my track, very talented player and easy to work with!! Will be my go-to bassist for future projects :)

  21. Review by Reuven S.
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    It was a pleasure working with Philip. The communication was great, the bass playing was magic, and the tracks were delivered very fast. Looking forward to work with him again in the future! Great talent!

  22. Review by MP Grey
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    Another project with Philip. It is always a pleasure to work with. He is very creative, a versatile bass & guitar artist! I will definitely work with him again!

  23. Review by Kimiko Ishizaka
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    Tight tracks delivered quickly, no revisions needed.

  24. Review by MP Grey
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    Another great production with Philip. He delivered a full fantastic guitar & bass arrangement for my song. It is always a pleasure to work with! I will definitely work with him again!!

  25. Review by MP Grey
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    Another great (Indie Rock) production with Philip! He played rhythm guitar tracks and a track with lead guitar fills and a solo. All tracks give the song a great dynamic and vibe! That is what I'm looking for!

  26. Review by Charles
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    Philip, the confidence! The drive! I felt in the playing. Days like this make me appreciate music and the wonderful people that help create a vibration for us all.

  27. Review by Tony C.
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    Philip's tracks added so much depth and quality to the project. His creativity and intuition relating to our songs is astounding. I give him my highest recommendation, and consider myself fortunate to have his participation on this project.

  28. Review by Mauricio S.
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    My boy Philip is about his business. Super friendly, Quick turnaround, & he’s got the ear to hop on any genre & do his thing. I recommend him 10 times over. YOU MY BOY P

  29. Review by MP Grey
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    Another fun production with Philip! He has a great feeling for my music and delivers tracks with a special vibe! Highly recommended!!! I will definitely work with him again!

  30. Review by Steve
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    Philip delivered a very polished and professional sounding acoustic guitar performance. He produced exactly the sound I was looking for and his turn around time was very fast. Looking forward to working with him again on future projects.

  31. Review by MP Grey
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    Philip has a great feeling for the vibe of a song and delivers very cool bass & guitar tracks, all played precisely with great sound quality! Highly recommended!

  32. Review by Darrion Johnson
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    Philip added the perfect amount of soul in the quickest turn around I've experienced using SoundBetter. I will definitely be back to work with him again!

  33. Review by Joaquín Labán
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    A great experience as always. It's a pleasure to work with Philip. Another great job.

  34. Review by Joaquín Labán
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    Excellent, It's always a pleasure to work with Philip. Thank you!

  35. Review by MP Grey
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    Philip is a fantastic musician on guitars and bass!!! He has a very good sense for the music and the vibe. Highly recommended!

  36. Review by MP Grey
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    Another great production with Philip. He played bass and guitar tracks for a pop production. All tracks are fantastic. Philip has a extraordinary feeling for a groovy and harmonic bass! Highly recommended!

  37. Review by MP Grey
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    Another fantastic production with Philip. He delivered different guitar tracks and a bass track for my song. All tracks are played with a great vibe! It's the best to work with!

  38. Review by Joaquín Labán
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    Excellent! A great experience as always.

  39. Review by MP Grey
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    It was another fantastic production with Philip. He delivered a bass track and a guitar track. Both are played with a very good feeling for the song! Highly recommended!

  40. Review by MP Grey
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    It was my first project with Philip. He worked very fast and delivered a bass and a guitar track. Both are great. He played with a wonderful vibe and give the song a special shine. Highly recommended!!

  41. Review by Joaquín Labán
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    Another great experience with Philip. Really good job and a pleasure to work with him. Thank you!

  42. Review by Joaquín Labán
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    It was a great experience working with Philip. Thank you!

  43. Review by Tony C.
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    Another fantastic group of tracks. Amazing creativity. I highly recommend this artist.

  44. Review by Tony C.
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    great service and communication. amazing creativity. this artist can hear what a song is "asking" for across diverse genres. I could not be more pleased with his addition to my project.

  45. Review by Tony C.
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    Great tracks and exceptional creativity. These really brought a new dimension to my songs. Completely satisfied and then some.

  46. Review by Tony C.
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    I received two great sounding, creative, and solid tracks within two days. Expert performance. I couldn't ask for better.

  47. Review by Tony C.
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    Expert performance and amazing creativity. Great communication, and right on time. I couldn't ask for more.

  48. Review by Taylor
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    Philip is an amazing bassist and an even better person! I’ve had the pleasure of working with him a lot last year and hope to work together again in the future. Overall incredible musician!

  49. Review by Clark
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    As a touring audio engineer I’ve been around and close to many musicians. Phil is not only one of the overall best musicians I’ve gotten to know, but also a great guy! I can’t wait to work with him again in the future.

  50. Review by Kyle Everson
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    Phil is a Super Pro, has deep pocket, great groove, and great hang!

  51. Review by Billy Nobel
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    I've known Philip for many years now and not only is he an excellent bass player but he is reliable, communicative and comfortable to work with; all great qualities for tracking, especially tracking remotely. I highly recommend people hire Philip to play on their tracks!

  52. Review by Andrew S
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    Phil is an outstanding musician. He brings so much to the table with his wide range from country to soul to blues. An incredibly talented songwriter and a joy to work with!

  53. Review by Mason Douglas
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    Love working with Philip - quick turnaround, the parts are always exactly what I need, and his rate is more than fair for what you get. Awesome as always!

  54. Review by Jabe Beyer
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    A total pro! Killer groove, great tone, great bass line. Just what the song needed.

  55. Review by Alex Walker, Jr.
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    This dude lays it down deep! He gave my song the magic it needed. I will definitely use him again!

Interview with Philip Pence

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

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

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

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

  5. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  6. 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

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

  8. 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.

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

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

  11. Q: What's your strongest skill?

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

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

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

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

  16. 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.

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

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

  19. Q: How would you describe your style?

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

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

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

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

  26. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  37. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  38. 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.

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

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

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

  42. 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.

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

GenresSounds Like
  • Leon Bridges
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Kacey Musgraves
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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