I generally flesh out an artist's production with flavors that range from savory wood tones to synthetic fizz and ambient candy.
Los Angeles based musician specializing in bass, guitar, synth elements and programming. Graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music with a BA in Classical Performance; a student of Lawrence Wolfe of Boston Symphony Orchestra and Mark McCormick of the Coast Guard band. Songwriter and Multi-instrumentalist for Grammy nominated Hoobastank 2009-present. Bassist for Giants of Rome, Something Bot Metro and many others in the LA area.
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13 Reviews - 2 Repeat ClientsEndorse Jesse Charland
Jesse nailed it and he's an amazing bassist. Highly recommended!
Excellent! Thank you!!!
Always a great experience working with Jesse. Once again he delivered exactly what I needed.
Jesse hooked it up big time... he gave me 5 Amazing takes with many sound options! The bass sound, pocket, rhythm, and style is perfect!!! Thank you Jesse!!!
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Jesse is amazing! His bass and tone blew me away! Can't wait to do many more songs with him! Can't believe I can work with a world class musician like him!!!
Amazing bass player and person. Highly recommended.
Once again, Jesse delivered killer bass tracks. Always a pleasure to work with him.
Jesse delivered amazing bass tracks once again!
Once again excellent job done by Jesse! He's an amazing bass player and it's always a pleasure working with him.
Jesse was easy to communicate with, his turnaround time was really quick, and the tracks he recorded were exactly what I needed for my project.
I've been working with Jesse for almost a decade on various products and this experience has led me to regard him, not only as one of the best bass players in the industry, but also as a very talented and creative write. Know that you are working with one of the best musicians and one of the most genuine people in LA
Interview with Jesse Charland
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Hoobastank "Push Pull". Our latest effort. A chance to really dive into these sound design enthusiasms and have them see the light of day.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Reading more books!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Chris Hesse is a great mixer and a great friend and bandmate! Hit him up for mixing and mastering, I do!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both! because why limit yourself right away because of a dumb prejudice!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I want to make your track really cool and interesting!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Its the one thing that I feel I'm actually good at. I think I have a knack for whatever this wonderful profession is :)
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: When will I have tracks by? Me: Very Soon...
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I'm just a bass player.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is the song about? What are you looking for? Who are your influences for the track idea? What do you expect from be as a provider? Would you need editing?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: If you know what you are looking for, don't be afraid to be specific. If you don't know what you are looking for, don't be afraid to let me try a few off the wall ideas
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A Rhodes An acoustic guitar A cello A microphone some sort of 4 track recorder or small recording device
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been playing exclusively as a career for 15 years. Starting in jazz and classical music in CT and MA area, symphonies and small cocktail ensemble work, in college. Moved to LA to play hip hop and eventually landed with Hoobastank in 2009.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Classically trained, but didn't enjoy the homework. Sort of a music nerd plus rebel. That being said.... usually just a jeans and T shirt kind of guy?
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to really learn modular synthesis. It would be great to work on a project with someone who really has an understanding of synthesis and how to layer for ambient style electronic music. Drone and bleep bloop creators.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: You are only as interesting, musically, as your music collection. Branch out.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock/Pop/beat music
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Bass playing and general low end manipulation.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring myself to the song, I know most people try and serve the song with their playing and I do as well, but I feel that at this point I'm much better at following my gut rather than trying to emulate someones style. Of course I can't hit the ball in the direction of something the client wants, but I can't be someone i'm not. All that being said, I feel I have a strong enough musical vocabulary for a number of situations.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Learn the music by listening through a few times while charting the song if that is needed. Then just pulling up instruments and experimenting unless I know right away what it needs. My first instincts are usually my best choices so I try to follow them as best I can.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Simple two input Focusrite interface into a MAC. DBX compressor and Drawmer Gate. Sansamp RBI rack. Pedals galore, typically not boutique, but modified by myself. Very competent in Logic DAW.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm ever evolving with music. Our world of music making has transformed so much since I first started, where mastering your instrument was king. Now it seems as if the jack of all trades route gets more work done and has a higher satisfaction rate for me these days, so I just follow that. There are professionals in each aspect of this field that raise my bar everyday. Too many to name here. I'm very inspired by "hands on" producers and players, the ones that roll up there sleeves and start turning knobs or really bending sound to fit their taste. Nothing is so sacred that can't be destroyed with a bit-crusher.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Bass and Synth tracks. Generally hired to fill out grooves with sequenced elements and heavy synthetic tones as well as drum programming and beat making. Ambient sounds as well as basic rhodes and piano.