Jesse Charland

Hoobastank Bassist

27 Reviews (26 Verified)
Jesse Charland on SoundBetter

Your piece of music needs some low end to make it feel grounded and supported. Maybe that means a 70's funky bass hook, maybe a wall of synthetic fuzz or a bowed double bass. I specialize in popular bass playing and programming and can help you choose the right kind of lower frequency styling for your track or song.

Las Vegas and Los Angeles based musician specializing in bass, guitar, synth elements and programming. Songwriter and Multi-instrumentalist for Grammy nominated Hoobastank 2009-present. 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. Bassist for Giants of Rome, Something Bot Metro and many others in the LA area.

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27 Reviews - 4 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by 孫紹庭

    This is definitely a go-to artist if you need any modern, fat, fancy or any style of music you need inspiration! super efficient and talented player and arranger that you would love to work with over and over again!

  2. Review by JJ N.

    Jesse is my go to man for bass!!! He is so musical and skillful it's sick! I recommend anyone who wants major artist bass for a very reasonable price to hire Jesse!!! And don't forget, he's the bassist for Hoobastank who is an amazing band!!! Thanks so much Jesse!!!

  3. Review by Gerard F.

    Jesse is a pro. No direction needed in this instance. Sent him my track and he just 'got' it. Played exactly what the song needed, with a perfect tone to match. Gave me various options, too. Highly recommend.

  4. Review by Underwolfe

    Jesse is absolutely on the money! Top bloke with a a great attitude!
    Great player with a keen ear for detail and good taste as far as the sounds he comes up with we are insanely happy with Jesse’s bass lines on our debut single and we have his name firmly at the top of our contacts list for future songs! Big thanks to Jesse he is a top gent!

  5. Review by Rafael E.

    I'm a professional Music Producer/ Songwriter. I worked with many professionals for many years. Jesse was impressive from the very first message we exchanged. I knew his prior work with his band and he deliver the same great stuff. I was very happy with his work. Very professional at every part of the process. Delivery on time. I will definitively hire Jesse again. 100% recommended.

  6. Review by Chiumba

    This is my second time working with Jesse. I am very pleased with the value he added to my production. Look forward to the next time.

  7. Review by Tyler Z.

    Jesse is absolutely world-class. Not only was his playing and the part he wrote SPOT ON for my song, but he provided multiple tonal choices for me. Above and beyond - I will 100% be working with Jesse again in the future.

  8. Review by Andrew Munoz "Snake"

    Amazing guy, the perfect election for my music, I´m so glad to work with him in near future... best wishes to JessePRO. :D, (7 Star Professional)

  9. Review by JJ N.

    Jesse is such an amazing bassist and I'm so lucky that I can have him play on my tracks. Thank you!!!

  10. Review by Chiumba

    Jesse was a pleasure to work with. He is a true professional and it is clear that he cares about what he lends his talents to. He over delivered! Will continue to work with him.

  11. Review by Harold G.

    Awesome guy to work with. Always communicates the job at hand and delivers a quality session. This is the third project with Jesse and im sure there will be a forth. Great musician and an asset to my music.

  12. Review by JJ N.

    Jesse comes through everytime! Amazing bassist... amazing basslines!! Thank you!!!!

  13. Review by Harold G.

    This is the second time working with Jesse, always professional, always on point, great ideas, great bass playing. Cant wait to work with again, made the process of completing my music painless.

  14. Review by Harold G.

    Awesome guy and bassist. A+ Professional musician, very prompt and makes sure you have what you need to finish the project, nice session experience. Would like to work with again for sure.

  15. Review by JJ N.

    Jesse nailed it and he's an amazing bassist. Highly recommended!

  16. Review by Jeremy M.

    Excellent work!

  17. Review by JJ N.

    Excellent! Thank you!!!

  18. Review by Marin B.

    Always a great experience working with Jesse. Once again he delivered exactly what I needed.

  19. Review by JJ N.

    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!!!

  20. Review by JJ N.

    Jesse is amazing! Thank you!!!

  21. Review by JJ N.

    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!!!

  22. Review by Marlon S.

    Amazing bass player and person. Highly recommended.

  23. Review by Marin B.

    Once again, Jesse delivered killer bass tracks. Always a pleasure to work with him.

  24. Review by Marin B.

    Jesse delivered amazing bass tracks once again!

  25. Review by Marin B.

    Once again excellent job done by Jesse! He's an amazing bass player and it's always a pleasure working with him.

  26. Review by Marin B.

    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.

  27. Review by Chris Hesse / The Lighthouse Recording

    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

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

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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.

  5. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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.

  11. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  12. A: Bass playing and general low end manipulation.

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

  14. A: Rock/Pop/beat music

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

  16. A: You are only as interesting, musically, as your music collection. Branch out.

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

  18. 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.

  19. Q: How would you describe your style?

  20. 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?

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

  22. 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.

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

  24. A: A Rhodes An acoustic guitar A cello A microphone some sort of 4 track recorder or small recording device

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

  26. 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

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

  28. 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?

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

  30. A: I'm just a bass player.

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

  32. A: When will I have tracks by? Me: Very Soon...

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

  34. 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 :)

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

  36. A: I want to make your track really cool and interesting!

  37. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  38. A: Both! because why limit yourself right away because of a dumb prejudice!

  39. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  40. A: Chris Hesse is a great mixer and a great friend and bandmate! Hit him up for mixing and mastering, I do!

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

  42. A: Reading more books!

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

  44. 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.

Dont Look Away by Hoobastank

I was the Song-writer (music), bass, guitar, synth in this production

Terms Of Service

Up to 5 revisions are typically OK, more time spent may require pay increase. Turn around time 3-5 days, typically for 1-3 instruments. Time allowance may vary depending on availability and request.

GenresSounds Like
  • Hoobastank
  • Giants of Rome
  • Nine Inch Nails
Gear Highlights
  • Fender P-bass American Deluxe
  • Ernie Ball Musicman Sabre/Caprice/Gamer Changer
  • Fender Telecaster
  • Logic DAW
  • Large FX pedal collection
  • Various GK amps and cabinets
  • Juzek copy 1950s doublebass
  • Acoustic Guitar
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