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.
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6 ReviewsEndorse Donal Pywell
Donal jumped right in with a great attitude and nailed it on the first pass! Great to work with, highly recommended!
perfect! he understood exactly what i wanted and sent different versions of dope basslines 🔥
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!
Donal is a consummate professional. Excellent player and great guy to deal with!
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 🙌🏻👌🏻
Donal is a ridiculously talented musician and have had the pleasure of working with him a few times!
Interview with Donal Pywell
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
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.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Currently in quarantine I'm working on a lot of remote collaborations with other musicians around the world.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Lauren McManus (Vocals)
Q: Analog or digital and why?
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 :)
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise that we can make something great with their song.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love playing music with other people.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
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.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: SLAPPA DA BASS MAN!. I really don't get to slap bass that much actually haha.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What kinda music do you listen to? How do you want your music to sound?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Best advice is just do it. I'm very well experienced and I guarantee that we'll have a fun creative time.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Fender Jazz Bass, Laptop, Acoustic Guitar, Keyboard, Microphone.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been a professional musician for about 8 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I would describe my style as funky with an emphasis on tone.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
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!!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
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.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work on pop music. That could be Electro, Rock, Indie, Folk, Disco or even something a little 'jazzier'.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I guess my strongest skill is my bass playing. I love just practising, recording and performingas much as I can.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
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!
Q: What's your typical work process?
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.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
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.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I love the production behind artists such as Tame Impala, Disclosure, Ariana Grande, Daft Punk, Anderson .Paak.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
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.