Hey friends, I'm Justin! A Toronto born professional touring/studio bass player living the musician life here in Nashville Tennessee! I'd love to be able to lay down some tasteful low end on your songs! I play for artists such as Seaforth, Madeline Merlo, Sammy Arriaga, Kai, SATE, Alyssa Reid, Mia Martina etc.
Since growing up playing in my own rock bands 15 years ago, I turned to the session world shortly after and have been touring, writing and playing for amazing artists ever since. With 20+ countries under my belt and years of experience, I've learned more than I could have ever possibly learned in any school. I've toured with artists such as Selena Gomez, Nick Jonas, Kane Brown, Jordan Knight, Kelly Clarkson, Keith Urban and more.
I love recording bass for artists through my home studio so if thats something you're looking for I'd be honored to get to play on something you've made. So if you're making country or pop country or pop or indie rock or whatever it may be, hit me up and lets make some music together.
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6 Reviews - 2 Repeat ClientsEndorse Justin de Graaf
Second time working with Justin. I’ve been extremely happy with each project he’s been part of.
Justin is a PRO. Very fast, has an incredible ear and great at communicating. I highly recommend him. You won't be disappointed.
Justin is a beast! He works so fast and sends back super high quality recordings. Musically, his choices are always perfect for my records. I highly recommend.
Justin created an awesome bass track for a song of mine. I hope to be working with him again very soon!
Justin blew me away with his playing. He not only did what I asked but he exceeded all expectations. His ear for his instrument brought so much foundation to the song I am working on. His recording quality is great and communication even better. Will be using Justin again really soon!
Justin is an amazing bass player and an even better person. I've had the pleasure of working with Justin on a number of projects and he is a true professional. He has great musicality and always comes up with the perfect bass line to support the song. A producers dream to work with!!! Highly recommend Justin for all your low end needs you won't be disappointed!!!!
Interview with Justin de Graaf
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: My favorite project I ever worked on was my band I made a few years ago. Making a band in your 30's is scary but I did. It was called "Kentucky Rails". I put it together, wrote, recorded, booked and self managed completely. It was my baby. We got picked up in Nashville and then let right down. Went through the hard times and I picked up the Seaforth gig and went that route for a while. Its always in my back pocket though. I loved that project.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Currently self quarantining and working on many things. Lots of demos and always writing.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Absolutely, Graham Mallany is a friend and a legend.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I'm digital at the moment but I do love my analog Moog bass synths I sometimes also use.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That you will love the product you receive and be happy your dollars were well spent.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: That I get to play music for a job. This is everything I always wanted and worked so hard for. Never had a back up plan, just chose to never quit and make it work and I've been lucky to say the least. I love what I get to do.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How long will you take and if they get revisions. Of course they do and as for how long it will take, give me 24 hours
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: that "its just bass" haha
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I'd ask for the song first obviously, then the vibe they're going for and then we'd be off to the races. Send you back what I feel fits and take it from there. If you hate it, lets change it. :)
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: All I can say is that I value everything I do. I put my whole self into it for a very valuable price. You wont be let down and if you are I swear I'll turn that around. I'm very eager to work and cherish every opportunity to do so.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My 79' P bass, my macbook pro and hard drive, my deluxe Tele, my midi keyboard and my interface. And if I can have 6 things I'd bring my five string fender p bass well, because I feel I unfortunately always need it haha
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: My career path was to always be in a band of my own. I did that a lot up until I was 25 and somehow found myself hired by a fairly prominent Canadian pop star, Jesse Labelle. Since then I've ended up in this world with never a dull moment and always thankfully having at least one 'main gig' to live off of. I still always want to write, record and make something new the world didn't have this morning.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is my own I think. I wasn't 'schooled'. I taught myself when I was 14 and started touring the world when I was 18. I'm 35 and been going ever since, non stop. I've learned plenty on the road and in the studios I've been lucky enough to record in and all that comes into fruition through my playing and technique.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I'm up for working with any artist who's work I enjoy. Again, playing for artists in so many different genres, I've learned to love something in everything. All time favorite band would be the Eagles though. The best of everything in my eyes.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: In most cases, less is more.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Lately I do lots of country and 'pop country' if you will. But I've done plenty of pop, rock and indie style as well.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My work ethic. I always want to be working and will do whatever I need to accomplish that.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: My own mindset of course. I like to always think outside the box and put the perfect groove to your song. The bass can change a song drastically so I love the challenge of choosing the right path.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Send me a song and let me go to work. I've played for so many different genre artists to where I feel I have a good understanding of what is necessary and whats too much. Will always work back and forth to make sure the client is fully happy.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: For my best recording tone in the past, I've used my 79' fender p bass with flats on through my Apogee Duet into my Logic plug ins. I always get complimented on the tone.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Very inspired by Pino Palladino, Sean Hurley, Daric Bennett and so many more.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I'm a hired touring and studio bass player