Hi! I am Rafael Freitas, a professional bass player and producer with over 10 years of experience. I work as a session musician locally and online, delivering top quality tracks in any musical style. I have played as a support musician for Aaron Spears (Ariana Grande/Usher), Doca Rolim (Skank) and collaborated with many local producers.
Offered Service Quality
- Simple or complex track playthrough in compliance with your tonal preferences.
- Complete control over Fingerstyle, Slap, Tap, Pick and other techniques.
- Advanced audio engineering/music production knowledge to ensure the highest audio quality is delivered (including editing and processing).
- Speedy and attentive communication. Your satisfaction is my #1 priority!
Career Summary and Highlights
- I've been posting original bass content, productions and covers on YouTube since 2009 and accumulated over 700k views since then.
- Support bassist for musicians such as Aaron Spears (Ariana Grande/Usher) and Doca Rolim (Skank).
- Over 500 concerts performed and 150 songs recorded online.
- 5 albums recorded.
- Highlighted in Davie504's Fiverr video in November 2019.
- Sandberg California VM5 Bass
- Carvin SB4001 Bass
- Ibanez SR535 Bass
- DeOliveira Fretless Bass
- Darkglass, COG Effects, SourceAudio pedals
- Logic Pro X
- Waves, FabFilter, SoundToys and NeuralDSP plug-ins
Let's work together and bring your music to the next level! Feel free to contact me and share your needs :)
Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.
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Interview with Rafael Freitas
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Take into consideration which tipically centered and which side-panned instruments are going to be present in each section of a song. Not only a cohesive structure is essential for a good song, but also how the producer/audio engineer thinks of the arrangement in regards to the stereo field.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I am experienced with all styles of music. I have composed for anime themes, commercial soundtracks, jazz, fusion, rock, pop, reggae, funk, R&B, soul, electronic, progressive rock, progressive metal, and many other styles. But what comes to me more often is funk, R&B and heavy rock.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: How is the playstyle you're looking for? Do you need it to be simple or complex? Any specific technique? And what about the tone? Do you have any references for the sound you're seeking?
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Versatile and patient.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Do you want a name? John Mayer. But generally speaking, with the artist that knows what he's looking for. This artist not only certainly does great music but also makes the work so much lighter, because he has a clear vision and knows just which sounds and playstyles he's seeking.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I would say that my bass playing is my strongest skill, but the world is full of amazing bass players. One thing that really keeps my clients coming back to me, however, is my speed and attention when talking to them. Communication is key.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring originality, respect for each instrument's space and musicality. I play what I feel the music needs according to the instructions given by the client. If simplicity is required, I play simple. If fast, complex and odd-time licks are to be played, I take the challenge.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I always start by listening to the client. I help him figuring out what his needs are if he's struggling with that, then proceed to listen to his references before I start any recording work. Once we have a defined direction with clear instructions, I setup my Logic project with all the tempo information and put the tracks in place. After the setup is done, I take a few listens to the client's song (if anything's already pre-recorded) and note my ideas, then I proceed to effectively record, making sure to edit the audio properly during and after the whole track's recorded. Then, I process the audio, bounce the isolated files and deliver them to the client. If he needs any rework, I'm ready for that and I do it as soon as possible. If not, then we have a happy client and a happy Rafael!
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My signal flow goes: Bass > Pedalboard (when needed) > Audio Interface (Steinberg UR22 mkII) > DAW (Logic Pro X). I use a MacBook Pro 15" 2018, Dynaudio BM5mk3 monitors and Audio Technica ATH-M50X headphones.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm inspired by all categories of musicians and styles. Some of my favourite bass players are: Ben Kenney, Pino Palladino, Michael League, Felipe Andreoli, Victor Wooten. Drummers: Benny Greb, Jojo Mayer, Aaron Spears, Eloy Casagrande, Mike Portnoy. Guitarists: Mark Lettieri, Mateus Asato, Tom Misch, John Mayer, Guthrie Govan. Producers: Finneas, Oak Felder, Ian Kirkpatrick, Quincy Jones (of course). Oh, the list goes on and on...
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most of my online work consists of recording bass tracks. I also teach online bass and electric guitar lessons in the name of my music school, Arte Music. In the real world, I perform wedding and pub concerts regularly as a bass player. I also work as a content manager and audio engineer at Universidade do Áudio (Audio University), the first online audio engineering platform in Brazil.