Philip Pence

electric bass, guitars

15 Reviews (7 Verified)
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

Over the last 7 years, I have been 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!

Contact me through the green button above and lets get to work.


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

15 Reviews - 2 Repeat Clients

Endorse Philip Pence
  1. Review by Joaquin C.

    Another great experience with Philip. Really good job and a pleasure to work with him. Thank you!

  2. Review by Joaquin C.

    It was a great experience working with Philip. Thank you!

  3. Review by Tony C.

    Another fantastic group of tracks. Amazing creativity. I highly recommend this artist.

  4. Review by Tony C.

    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.

  5. Review by Tony C.

    Great tracks and exceptional creativity. These really brought a new dimension to my songs. Completely satisfied and then some.

  6. Review by Tony C.

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

  7. Review by Tony C.

    Expert performance and amazing creativity. Great communication, and right on time. I couldn't ask for more.

  8. Review by Taylor

    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!

  9. Review by Clark

    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.

  10. Review by Kyle Everson

    Phil is a Super Pro, has deep pocket, great groove, and great hang!

  11. Review by Billy Nobel

    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!

  12. Review by Andrew S

    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!

  13. Review by Mason Douglas

    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!

  14. Review by Jabe Beyer

    A total pro! Killer groove, great tone, great bass line. Just what the song needed.

  15. Review by Alex Walker, Jr.

    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: 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.

Bright (Courtney Cole)

I was the co-writer, producer, guitarist, bassist, keys player, drum programmer in this production

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    Bright (Courtney Cole)
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    Drake White "It Feels Good"
Terms Of Service

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

GenresSounds Like
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Tim McGraw
  • Amos Lee
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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