Multi-gold selling Heavy Metal & Rock bassist based in northern Italy. I play in Elvenking and Moonlight Haze, having recorded more than a hundred published songs; and I regularly tour Europe, America and Japan. I know very well the difference between playing and playing HEAVY. Former Berklee student and London Trinity College graduate.
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Studio sessions - $ 125 per track up to 5 mins (2 revisions and editing included)
For EPs or full length albums contact me.
Metal and all subgenres, hard rock, rock, pop.
I collaborate with a professional recording studio ( www.bridgeaudio.it ) to provide whatever format you may need.
Spector Ian Hill signature
Spector Doug Wimbish signature
Ernie Ball MusicMan Sterling
Mesa Subway D-800 head
Schroeder 1215+1515 speakers
SansAmp Steve Harris signature
SansAmp bass Fly Rig
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Interview with Alessandro S. Jacobi
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I have been playing bass with the folk metallers ELVENKING, both live and in studio albums, since 2011. In 2017 we received a triple gold record from our label AFM Records, for having sold more than 80.000 copies worldwide.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: MOONLIGHT HAZE are going to release their 2nd album in Europe and Japan; ELVENKING will tour Europe again at the end of the year, and then start working on their 11th album.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Hey, I'm new here!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Whatever you may need! But probably digital now is more flexible.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That if I tell them I can do it, they can just relax and I will take care of the rest!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The fact that it's been very clear to me since the beginning, that a life without music is miserable.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: I often receive questions about instrument technique. Technique is the basic, but not everything. It's the roots, but not the tree.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That any bassist can play any music genre.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What they want to express and communicate with their work.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be very clear in what you need, and I'll be 100% sincere in telling you if I can help you or not. If you have no clear idea, let's talk!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A bass, a cable, a pc, a power generator and an internet hotspot!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been playing electric bass for more than 20 years, after 10 more of classical training. I recorded a dozen albums and more than a hundred published songs, toured 3 continents, sold triple gold, played in cover and tribute bands and an average of 35/40 shows a year.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Heavy, punchy and sweaty.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Way, way too many! Ok, I dreamt I was Steve Harris. Many times.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Find the perfect balance between quality, personal integrity and being commercial enough.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Classical musician by birth, Metalhead in the heart. I recorded a lot of Hard & Heavy stuff, but I also collaborated with soft rock and classical musicians.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I always worked for the song, not for myself.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: The bassist role is not easy at all: he has to fill the spaces between the other instruments, while giving the beat and completing the harmony at the same time. And this is what I can bring.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: It depends on the work I am given, but usually I have the (not easy) task to add a bass line to a song already written and at least partially arranged.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I own 2 Spector Basses, which I endorse; one for the most metal sound, one with a softer but lower punch. For standard rock material I use an ErnieBall MusicMan, and for very fast stuff, an Ibanez Soundgear. My standard live&studio setup is a collection of Tech21NYC SansAmps (which I also endorse), Mesa Boogie heads and Schroeder speakers. Strings are from my sponsor Dogal, handmade in Italy. Besides my personal gear, all my works are recorded at Bridge Produzioni Audio in Susegana (Italy), which can provide a wide range of top notch devices for any request you may have. Check it out: www.bridgeaudio.it
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: The most famous metal bands often feature legendary bassists, just think at Steve Harris, Rob Trujillo or Joey DeMaio. But one must not overlook those who made the difference with their technique, like Geddy Lee or John Myung, or the absolute monsters of session playing, like Toto or Journey.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Playing bass in a heavy metal or hard rock band is not easy as it may seem - different techniques, touches and good taste are required if you want your rhythm section to make the difference. I spent the last 20 years doing that, and I'm still learning something every day.