Donal Pywell

Session Bassist,Producer

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Highly experienced studio bassist with a BA degree in Music. Accomplished multi-instrumentalist and producer. I love playing funk and jazz but have been trained to perform all styles.

I am a music lover that offers top level bass playing.
Accomplished in a variety of styles including Pop, Funk, Rock, Jazz/Fusion, Classical, Trad.
Preparation and professionalism are at the forefront of my values.
I’m an enthusiastic and positive force to have involved in a project!
I have an extensive background in Classical Violin as well as Irish Traditional music.

Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

6 Reviews

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  1. Review by Will M.
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    Donal jumped right in with a great attitude and nailed it on the first pass! Great to work with, highly recommended!

  2. Review by Mystykal K.
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    perfect! he understood exactly what i wanted and sent different versions of dope basslines 🔥

  3. Review by Madis O.
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    Donal, is a true professional. The minute we started to talk about our project he got involved and was gracious enough to listen to our ideas. The tracks he presented were perfectly executed! A true professional. I will work with him again. Definately!

  4. Review by Jason Maleney
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    Donal is a consummate professional. Excellent player and great guy to deal with!

  5. Review by Jesse Eigen
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    Donal is a ridiculously talented bass player! I’ve had the pleasure of watching him play in London quite a few times. Super nice guy too 🙌🏻👌🏻

  6. Review by RVSTLESS
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    Donal is a ridiculously talented musician and have had the pleasure of working with him a few times!

Interview with Donal Pywell

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: The sample track included on my profile is by an artist called Rocstrong that i was Bass Player and Musical Director for. I recorded all the bass and guitars on that track 'Be Cool'. Rocstrong has gone to have songs included in huge advertisement campaigns by Mercedes and McDonalds as well as a Coen Brothers Soundtrack.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: Currently in quarantine I'm working on a lot of remote collaborations with other musicians around the world.

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: Lauren McManus (Vocals)

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: I mean, Analog does sound better for sure. But I use so many Digital plug ins and Virtual Instruments and they sound awesome!! Cheaper too :)

  9. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  10. A: I promise that we can make something great with their song.

  11. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  12. A: I love playing music with other people.

  13. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  14. A: They usual ask what I will do with the track. I normally answer that I'll work with them to make the track something they can be proud of.

  15. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  16. A: SLAPPA DA BASS MAN!. I really don't get to slap bass that much actually haha.

  17. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  18. A: What kinda music do you listen to? How do you want your music to sound?

  19. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  20. A: Best advice is just do it. I'm very well experienced and I guarantee that we'll have a fun creative time.

  21. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  22. A: Fender Jazz Bass, Laptop, Acoustic Guitar, Keyboard, Microphone.

  23. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  24. A: I have been a professional musician for about 8 years.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: I would describe my style as funky with an emphasis on tone.

  27. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  28. A: Jamiroquai are my favourite band. And I can't even imagine being able to get that gig. They are so funky and have been for so long!!

  29. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  30. A: Simpler is always better. When I record I like to give the very best sound I can so that not much needs to be done post-production.

  31. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  32. A: I usually work on pop music. That could be Electro, Rock, Indie, Folk, Disco or even something a little 'jazzier'.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: I guess my strongest skill is my bass playing. I love just practising, recording and performingas much as I can.

  35. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  36. A: I'm very proficient across lots of styles on multiple instruments. As long as it sounds great that's all that really matters right?! I'm always trying to bring 'that vibe' to a track as well as a positive attitude!

  37. Q: What's your typical work process?

  38. A: I always love to chat with the songwriter first to get know them and how they envision their music to sound before I record. Then I come up with a few ideas by myself and afterwards get the songwriter to send some ideas that they have. I record those ideas also and then the songwriter can pick what will suit best for them. Finally, if anything needs a little bit of tweaking that can be done.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: I like to run a simple set up with all of my recording and producing being done through Ableton Live 9. I have a whole array of instruments and pedals, amps, synths etc.

  41. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  42. A: I love the production behind artists such as Tame Impala, Disclosure, Ariana Grande, Daft Punk, Anderson .Paak.

  43. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  44. A: I mostly write and record bass lines either in the studio or remotely from my home studio for Songwriters/Producers. Usually Bass Guitar or Synth Bass.

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Be Cool by ROCSTRONG

I was the Bassist, Guitarist in this production

GenresSounds Like
  • Vulfpeck
  • Michael Jackson
  • The Beatles
Gear Highlights
  • Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass
  • Sire Marcus Miller 5 string Bass
  • Yahama 6-String Bass
  • Faith Acoustic Guitar
  • Fender Stratocaster
  • Eavestaff Upright Piano
  • Microkorg Synth
  • Moog Sub37 Synth
  • Talkbox
  • Ableton
  • Violin
  • Tin Whistle
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