Internationally recognised bass guitarist, vocalist and remixer. 11 years playing bass in Mercury Prize-nominated band Metronomy, songwriting and additional vocals on Solange Knowles US #1 album 'A Seat At The Table' and remixes for the likes of Janelle Monae, Laura Marling and Depeche Mode.
I travel the world playing bass guitar in an indie/dance band called Metronomy. We have have played the likes of Glastonbury, Coachella, Brixton Academy, Alexandra Palace, Montreux Jazz Festival, Lollapaloooza, and everything from clubs to arenas in between.
I have a variety of basses (acoustic, electric, fretless, short-scale, Fender Precision, etc) and experience playing many different styles.
In addition to bass playing, I also sing, remix and do production/songwriting work. Past clients include the likes of Janelle Monae, Scissor Sisters, Solange Knowles, Africa Express (Damon Albarn), and many more.
I have over 20 years' experience playing the bass guitar and over 10 years' experience using Ableton, both live and in the studio.
I have a professional home studio setup and pride myself on getting high quality results back to clients well ahead of deadlines.
Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.
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I have had the pleasure of working with Gbenga via Metronomy for a number of years and can say he is one of the most professional, creative and courteous people I have met. A real pleasure to be around and a unique talent.
Strongest of all endorsements for Gbenga 💯🙌🏾🙌🏾! The professionalism, musicality, good grace and experience are second to none. Plus fun to work with. He has the groove
I wholeheartedly recommend Gbenga. A natural at what he does and a genuinely lovely person who's very easy to work with.
A class act and truly great performer! What an opportunity to learn from the best.
I've known and worked with Gbenga a number of times over the years, a very accomplished bassist and vocalist - a true professional.
Interview with Olugbenga Adelekan
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work with a MacBook Pro running Ableton Live. I have an SSL-2 audio interface and a variety of condenser and dynamic microphones which I use for vocals depending on the sound I'm going for. With bass, I do have an Ampeg SVT2 Pro amp but find these days I just go straight into the box as the preamps on the SSL-2 are so nice.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Bloc Party were a great inspiration when I was starting out in music. I still listen to their first two albums and take inspiration from their absolutely killer rhythm section. On the vocal side too, I am a fan of Kele Okereke's approach to melodies and lyrics. On a pure bass guitar level, Pino Palladino is another huge inspiration. To have the range to work with both D'Angelo and Nine Inch Nails - that's the dream. Studying his work also opened up my mind to downtuning 4-string basses and thinking about getting a fretless (which I did). On the production side, I have been a big fan of the electronic sounds coming from South Africa for a long time. The artists/producers Okzsharp and Jumping Back Slash are big favourites of mine.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I do equal amounts of bass guitar and vocal work. Sometimes a client has a bassline idea that they want replayed, or they may leave space in a song for me to write a bassline. On the vocal side, I mostly collaborate with electronic music producers and write my own toplines. Sometimes people contact me just to add backing vocals to tracks as I am adept at layering harmonies.