Craig Akin

Upright & Electric Bass

73 Reviews (66 Verified)
Craig Akin on SoundBetter

I put all my energy into your music to ensure you are happy with the results. I love what I do even after 5,000 gigs and 100+ album credits. For the sake of your career, my career, and good music in general I hold myself to very high standards and guarantee we will work well together no matter what kind of project you are working on.

Professional since completing my Music Education degree in 1997, I am equally adept at upright, electric, and fretless bass. I provide two or three different takes for you to choose or comp.

For upright bass I provide a bass part that elevates your music with a clear, warm, woody tone topped off with excellent rhythm and intonation. I also play with the bow for a lyrical, sustained sound, like a cello but lower in pitch. I record with two mics, one down low for warmth and one high for clarity and attack, plus a direct line for bottom end. I can send you a mix of the bass or the stems.

On electric bass I can sit back in the pocket like Pino Palladino, or play busy on top like Billy Sheehan. I can play simple parts like Carol Kaye or creative and melodic in the style of James Jamerson. I play with fingers, thumb, or pick, roundwounds or flatwounds, fretted or fretless, whatever serves the music best.

I specialize in creating bass parts, improvising melodies, reading standard musical notation, learning new music quickly, achieving great tone, and professionalism.

Fast and courteous communication
Creative & intuitive
NEW client discount! $60 first song (most cases)
I can record VIDEO for your project
Delivery within 48 hours, ask about same day delivery
Rock, Pop, Soul, Blues, Swing, Latin jazz, Motown, R&B, Funk, Bluegrass, Americana

Thank you!

Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.


Discogs verified credits for Craig Akin
  • Detroit Red (3), Lynsey Simone Tibbs, Craig Akin, Aman Cowell
  • The New Vintage Big Band Directed By Jack M. Taylor, Jr.
  • The Boulevard Big Band Featuring Pete Christlieb And Frank Mantooth
  • Arthur Dodge
  • AllOne (2)
  • Joel Henry Stein
  • Martin Schulte NY Quartet
  • Barnaby Bright
  • Abbie Gardner
  • Aimée Allen
  • Barnaby Bright
  • Intended Immigration
  • Elias Meister
  • Intended Immigration
  • Marci Geller
  • Brad Cole
  • Intended Immigration
  • Sharon Goldman
  • Red Molly
  • Abbie Gardner
  • Laurie MacAllister
  • Carolann Solebello
  • Goodnight Moonshine, Molly Venter
  • Various
  • Sharon Goldman
  • Vance Gilbert
  • Aimee Van Dyne
  • Linda Marks
  • Modern Times Ensemble
  • Dan Pugach
  • Vance Gilbert
  • Tom Rush

73 Reviews - 10 Repeat Clients

Endorse Craig Akin
  1. Review by Banjo N.

    Craig put down a solid upright bass track on an instrumental clawhammer tune. Highly recommended.

  2. Review by Chris M.

    Craig has played upright bass on three tracks so far in the current project and has knocked it out of the park each time. He's reliable, prompt and a heck of a bassist.

  3. Review by Steven O.

    Craig’s upright playing is spot on and he’s made a great contribution to my track!

  4. Review by Banjo N.

    Craig did a great job with my song and was able to hear exactly what was needed. Good communication and prompt service. Definitely looking him up again as I progress through the recording of this album.

  5. Review by Marco P.

    Great sound and perfect recording. If you need a beautiful sounding upright bass, do not look further. And an incredibly fast turnaround.

  6. Review by Steve O.

    Craigs is a true professional. A fantastic player, great recordist and fast turnaround. The trifecta for me! After a nice back and forth he had his part recorded and ready for me to drop into my session in under 24 hours. This is the way to work! I will most certainly be back.

    Highly recommended.

  7. Review by Lorenzo Gabanizza

    Perfect job from Craig. Fast, effective and got the right mood. Recommend this awesome musician!

  8. Review by Ari G.
    by Ari G.

    I was looking for an upright bass for a classy song with piano and strings - Craig did an absolutely stunning job - it added so much to the arrangement - it was musical & emotional. thank you Craig.

  9. Review by Simeon Matlack

    Craig did a wonderful job recording an upright bass line for our song. He had the tracks ready in an instant. The bass sounds lovely and the quality of the recording is impressive.

  10. Review by Larry J.

    Craig is masterful in what he does and works really fast. I truly appreciate how he looks to understand the music and his approach to music.

  11. Review by Nick C.

    Craig was perfect to work with. Quick turn around and exactly what i was looking for first time no revisions! Highly recommend!

  12. Review by Milana Zilnik

    It was a blast of project: 11 tracks for my upcoming album having both upright and electric bass in a variety of styles, from rock to jazz, and Latin, and beyond. Craig pulled it all off, giving me a few takes to choose from for many tracks. Great communication too!

  13. Review by Milana Zilnik

    This turned to be quite a "Waltz Macabre" kind of a track and Craig's bass worked wonders to add to this dark-ish atmosphere.

  14. Review by Milana Zilnik

    This must be the most dramatic track of the album and it definitely needed dramatic bass for it! Great working with Craig!

  15. Review by Milana Zilnik

    Wonderful experience working with Craig as always!

  16. Review by Milana Zilnik

    Always a pleasure working with Craig!

  17. Review by Milana Zilnik

    Five tracks are done, five more to go! Wonderful experience working with Craig each time!

  18. Review by Milana Zilnik

    Whether electric or an upright bass, as we go through the tracks of my upcoming album Craig really brings the bass line to life! And such a quick turnaround too!

  19. Review by Milana Zilnik

    Truly love it how Craig is able to find a fine balance between following the score and adding his own twist - makes it so much more alive while being true to my original vision as a composer!

  20. Review by Milana Zilnik

    Third time working with Craig, great work all around!

Interview with Craig Akin

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

  2. A: I bring a unique signature to a song whether it's a simple three chord or more complex. My sound is a creative blend of jazz, funk, motown, blues, rock. My 1880 upright bass has an excellent tone with plenty of sustain and growl.

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

  4. A: Anytime I overdub bass parts from home and the client is happy then I'm proud. When I track with a full band in the studio I get involved in the production unless I detect too many cooks in the kitchen. In other words I engage with the team and help keep the vibe and music great, as opposed to "clocking in" and checking out.

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

  6. A: Creating bass parts for a project and elevating it sonically, anchoring the music because to me bass is the foundation of sound.

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

  8. A: Anybody can play bass. While this is true on some level it's not necessarily easy to create good parts for any situation, with great sound, feel, rhythm, and intonation. That takes a lot of practice and years of experience.

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

  10. A: I like any production notes a client may have. Where do you want me to begin recording? Where do you want me to solo if any? Do you want upright, electric, or fretless? Do you prefer a simple part or more melodic? Do you have a reference example I can listen to?

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

  12. A: I started on piano age six and age 12 I began trumpet. In high school I played trumpet and jazz guitar. In college I continued on trumpet and guitar then eventually only bass. Soon I was a first call upright and electric bass player in Kansas City and began playing full time in 1997. For ten years I average 270 gigs/year and moved to NYC in 2007. I have been touring, recording, overdubbing from home since.

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

  14. A: I like artists who are also highly skilled musicians such as Stevie Wonder. Artists who are musicians can speak the language, know what they want and how to communicate it.

  15. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  16. A: My strongest skill would be my musical intuition, knowing what to play and what not to play at any given moment.

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

  18. A: Take a look at my youtube channel "Craig Akin on bass", my website, my facebook music page " "Craig Akin on bass" so you can be sure I'm a good fit for you. Listen to examples and watch videos.

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

  20. A: I work on making videos of solo bass for my solo bass record, youtube channel, website, facebook, and Instagram. Audio in Logic and video in DaVinci. I also live stream solo bass from time to time on Facebook via OBS.

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

  22. A: I am easy and flexible to work with. I will revise my part until you get what you want.

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

  24. A: Clients ask if I like their project and is it in my wheelhouse. The answer is always yes.

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

  26. A: My 1860 German upright bass, my frankenstein Fender fretless jazz bass, my '73 Fender P bass, computer/mics/interface.

  27. Q: How would you describe your style?

  28. A: My playing is creative and adventurous, a blend of jazz, funk, soul, motown, blues. I play melodic bass parts or simple parts when the music calls for it. And I'm always ready to improvise.

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

  30. A: Surround yourself and create with great pros that are passionate, experienced, and easy to work with.

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

  32. A: I have mostly recorded with singer/songwriters of many types; pop, folk, rock, etc...

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

  34. A: When I receive a song file I listen through to learn the song or write out a chart. Then I get to work recording, simple as that.

  35. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  36. A: Not a fancy setup but I find the sound and results are what matters. I use Logic Pro X, have an assortment of condenser mics, and Pro Tools interface.

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

  38. A: I'm inspired by anyone creating original music. I'm also inspired by bass players of all kinds. When I need to lift my mood I listen to Bach, jazz, heavy metal, whatever I'm feeling.

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

  40. A: I overdub bass onto existing projects. Could be upright, electric, or fretless. Sometimes a client will send me a track with piano and vocals, sometimes a track with drums and guitar. Whatever the situation I'm able to deliver the goods professionally.

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Terms Of Service

I provide multiple takes for you to choose or comp. Turnaround time is generally 2 days, but feel free to inquire about same day turnaround. Revisions are no problem, I want you to get what you want.

GenresSounds Like
  • Bonnie Raitt
  • John Scofield
  • Bob Dylan
Gear Highlights
  • 1880 German upright bass
  • 1960 Juzek upright
  • '73 Fender P bass
  • fretless Fender P bass
  • '67 Harmony H22 hollowbody
  • many others.
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NEW client discount! $60 first song (most cases)

  • Let's make some music!Jan 11, 2024

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  • I'm ready and setup to work! Give me a shout and let's make some music!Nov 08, 2021