Professional bassist coming from the world of gospel with the ability to bring soul and emotion to your creations. My influences range from Marcus Miller, Victor Wooten, Derek Hodge and Andrew Gouchè among many others.
I am YOUR session bassist. I offer my skills to give your tracks the bounce it needs, to give the listener that "push" in their chest.
I have more than 15 years of experience playing bass guitar. I began playing in the churches of rural South Carolina and began working professionally as music director at age 20. After acting as MD for four years, I relocated to Barcelona and began working with Taller de Musícs as a session bassist for their youth music program. I was then recruited by bands such as Bemba Saoco, Praxis, Liam Cloud and Jezebel Lies, Afrobeats Club Barcelona and many more.
I specialize in R&B, Pop, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Gospel, and Rock music.
Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.
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Interview with Joseph Harris
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I am working with La Coleré, a Swiss DJ I met a few years ago in Bali. We completed her first album a few months ago and reunited for our first gig in Geneva February 2020. A very emotional experience almost two years in the making.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Changing my branding, shifting from the touring musician to producing more and session work. I am currently working on my first EP.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I haven't met anyone on the platform yet, but I am already recommending the service!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog. Classic!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to help you give your songs life, the way your first heard the idea in your head and to translate that to your listeners
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The ability to create emotions in others. To make people happier, more energetic and also to be self-reflective.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How soon can you have this done? 3-5 days maximum
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Bass players have the easiest job...
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What inspired this piece of music? What vibe are you looking to translate to the listener?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Don't be afraid to ask for what you want.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My Yamaha bass, Laptop, interface, headphones, and my Hartke stack!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started playing in churches in South Carolina around three years old. I began with drums, then moved on to guitar, saxophone and finally bass guitar at 11 years old. My family relocated to North Carolina where I continued playing in churches until I was 24. I became music director and held the position for four years before moving to Barcelona where I now reside.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I do my job keeping the low-end covered and also decorate with rhythmic accents through out the piece. I have a very melodic style where I use chords to accompany piano, guitar or vocals.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with T-Pain. I grew up listening to him and I have always loved his vocal and writing ability. He has contributed so much to hip-hop and R&B!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: BACKUP YOUR WORK!!!!!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: R&B, Hip-hop
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Fitting chords in tight places
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I add emotion and depth to your songs. I give your songs swagger and feeling that makes your listener nod their heads and move their feet.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I listen to the material and I have to find myself in the music. I connect with what the creator wants to translate in their composition. Then I begin by recording a few ideas or just playing through the song a few times to understand the structure. It depends on the day.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a cosy home studio. It'y sacred creative space where I approach my talents with humility.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Rick Rubin, Marcus Miller, Victor Wooten, Bonobo, Prince, Isley Brothers, John P. Kee, Jay-Z, Bruno Mars, Queen, Tye Tribett, Marvin Sapp, the list goes on...
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The majority of my work varies between recording session, concerts, and producing. I like to have a balance of the three.