I put all my energy into your music to ensure you are happy with the results. I love what I do even after 4,500 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
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Rock, Pop, Soul, Swing, Latin jazz, Motown, R&B, Funk, Bluegrass, Americana
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12 Reviews - 4 Repeat ClientsEndorse Craig Akin
It was an absolute pleasure working with Craig, he cut the upright bass parts on one of my tracks and it sounded awesome!
His recording technique on the upright is spot on, gave me a fantastic tone for the upright using 2 mics & DI, he knew exactly where to capture the sweet spot of the bass. Besides the recording, the man is groovy, and he has got such great feel/soul in his playing.His communication is impeccable, and because of that this project was a success.
Highly recommend this gentleman!
Craig is an amazing musician, what he sent me was just perfect!
Another stellar job from craig, awesome guy, great playing
This is my second time working with Craig. So easy to get a musical great sounding bass track.
Craig is an exceptional player with good recording quality and fast turnaround. Couldn't be happier with my work I've done with him, I will definitely recommend and work with him again!
I discovered Craig through Soundbetter. He gave me exactly what I needed on my song and more. I will definitely be working with him again.
Craig Akin is "the Man"!!!!! another stellar track for one of my songs. Solid interpretation. Great playing and track...fantastic.
Once again Craig nailed it with his contribution to my track.
He had a strong sense of what I was looking for based on our conversation. He provided 3 tracks to chose from.
Tracks were very well recorded and his playing was stellar.
Craig nailed it!!! He added the perfect part for my project. He sent me several takes to chose from as well. The recordings he sent were stellar in quality
His communication was great as well...
I highly recommend Craig.
Craig was not only lightning quick with his turnaround but sent me a bunch of different tracks to choose from, all of them great. No revisions needed. Really good playing that totally fit the groove of the song to bring things together. Hope to work with again!
Outstanding musicianship!.Kept communication going and was very responsive.
Interview with Craig Akin
Q: What do you bring to a song?
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, folk. My 1860 upright bass has an excellent tone with plenty of sustain and growl.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
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 checking out and being distant.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
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.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I am easy and flexible to work with. I will revise my part until you get what you want.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Creating bass parts for a project and elevating it sonically, anchoring the music because bass is the foundation of sound.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Clients ask if I like their project and is it in my wheelhouse. The answer is always yes.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
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 and intonation. That takes a lot of practice and years of experience.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
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 sample part I can listen to?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Take a look at my youtube channel Craig Akin the Bassist, my website craigakin.com, my facebook music page Craig Akin the Bassist so you can be sure I'm a good fit for you. Listen to examples and watch videos.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My 1860 German upright bass, my frankenstein Fender fretless jazz bass, my '73 Fender P bass, computer/mics/interface.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started on piano age six and age 12 I began trumpet. In high school I played trumpet and jazz guitar. Once in college I played trumpet then eventually 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.
Q: How would you describe your style?
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.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I like artists who are also highly skilled musicians for example Stevie Wonder. Artists who are musicians can speak the language, know what they want and how to communicate it.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Surround yourself and create with great pros that are passionate, experienced, and easy to work with.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I have mostly recorded with singer/songwriters of many types; pop, folk, rock, etc...
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill would be my musical intuition, knowing what to play and what not to play any given moment.
Q: What's your typical work process?
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.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
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.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
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.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
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.