Two time BCCMA award winning bass player for hire!
Two time award winning session musician Matt Genereux, is a studio and live bass player based in Vancouver, BC. Professionally, Matt has worked as an artist with his own original projects, as well as a freelance bassist with a variety of artists across the Pop, Rock, Country, R&B, Funk, and Soul genres. Matt has made a name for himself with multiple national tours, recording sessions, festival dates and television appearances across Canada. Some of the artists Matt has played with live include, Jojo Mason (604 Records), Fionn (604 Records), Kadooh (604 Records), The Katherines (604 Records), Chris Buck Band (Royalty Records/Sony Canada), Kristin Carter (Steelhead Music Inc.), and Leaving Thomas (MDM Recordings).
As a studio player, Matt has recorded with Chris Buck Band (Royalty Records/Sony Canada), Kristin Carter (Steelhead Music Inc.), The Faceplants, Fionn (604 Records), and The Heels. Matt loves working with artists and producers who are trying to bring their songs to life with live bass, whether it be simple pocket, McCartney-ish melodic, or Motown soul style playing. He will focus on getting the right tone for a song's sonic palette and then create a bass line that supports the song and the artist's vision. Throughout the process you can provide Matt with as much or as little direction as you'd like. Let him work together with you to bring your song to life!
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6 ReviewsEndorse Matt Genereux
I’ve been lucky enough to play in multiple bands with Matt over many years. Always a fun time, great hang, great player!
I’ve both played with and hired Matt on about 20 or so different occasions and am impressed with his consistent professionalism and strive for excellence. He’s the real deal when it comes to locking in the rhythm section.
Have had the pleasure to use Matt for bass tracks and live for the last 4 years. Quick, dialed in and a great guy!
I've had the pleasure of working with Matt both live and in the studio.
He's got a great ear, with a great feel and a deep understanding of what needs to be played while leaving space for the song to breathe.
I’ve had Matt on numerous projects. Professional, efficient and super easy to work with. Comes to each session prepared and ready to work. Very worth the hire and talent!
Hired to record bass for two songs and was super happy with the results. Very professional and friendly would definitely hire again!
Interview with Matt Genereux
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I played on the Heels first album and still love listening to those tunes today.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I mostly recently completed tracks for The Heels new album and Ryan Stead.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Ryan Stead, and Taylor Allum
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital because $$$
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That you will receive the absolutely best I can offer. If you're not completely satisfied you will get your money back.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: It's musical. I'm grateful to live my dream every day.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How much I charge. But it's on a sliding scale! Ask and we can work something out for sure :D
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Is that bass playing is simple.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Do you have any references for bass parts you enjoy? What's the feel? What's the tone you're looking for? Fingers or pick? Slap? Tap? Walk?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Have an idea of what you're looking for in a bass part. If you have no idea, that's totally cool to!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My Sadowsky PJ, Macbook, Apollo Twin, Radial Firefly, and my Midi controller.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been playing bass for over 15 years, and in the last three years I've been able to preform and record as my full time job.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Warm, Pocket, Melodic
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Jamiroquai is my all time favourite band so.......
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Get it right the first time!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, Rock, R&B, Soul, Country
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My ability to fit into many different musical styles
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Usually I bring a warm tone that sits in the pocket with some tasty melodic aspects.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Usually I will record a very basic, simple track to get the party started. Then I will add upon each new track with more bass "movement" including fills, licks, or walking lines etc.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a 2012 Macbook Pro running Logic Pro X. I usually will run one of two Sadowsky basses into my Radial Firefly tube direct box that will then go into my UA Apollo Twin. I monitor with my Plunge Audio in ears.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Hard working and driven musicians inspire me, no matter what style or genre.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I'm mostly called upon to record electric bass on Pop, Rock, Country and R&B recordings.