I am a professional studio/touring bassist with Drake White & The Big Fire. I have lived in Nashville for 11 years & played on many records & tours around the world. I am proficient on building tracks and mixing songs as well.
Living & working in Nashville, I know what it takes to make a record pop from the bass perspective. 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 enhance your track.
Also, I can help bring your song’s vision to life by building a track with multiple instruments in a current, hip way.
Ubass (for the acoustic bass vibe)
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Interview with Philip Pence
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
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.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I’m currently working on several singer-songwriter tracks, a bluegrass record & some pop country tracks.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
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.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I’ll promise to do everything I can to help execute your vision and bring your songs to life.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love being able to take a raw song/idea and help bring it to life.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Turnaround time: usually 1 week What can you do for the project? Add energy & integrity.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: The biggest misconception about what I do is that it should be done for free.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is your vision for my involvement? What time frame are you working with? Deadlines? Reference tracks?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
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.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: I would want: My Yamaha acoustic Rode NT-2A Fender Jazz bass Focusrite interface w/ headphones Macbook Pro M-Audio keyboard
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have always wanted to pursue music as a career. I have been playing professionally for 20+ years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is funky & groove-oriented.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would like to work with Ed Sheeran because I think he has a fresh approach to cool music.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
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.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Living in Nashville, I usually work on country songs but I can work other genres comfortably.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is playing stringed instruments (guitar, bass, etc), keyboards & building tracks.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring energy, substance & integrity to any song I work on.
Q: What's your typical work process?
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.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
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
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I’m inspired by cool country & Americana music.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Electric bass tracks in all genres. Building tracks for singer/songwriters.