Lazarus Michaelides is a freelance Bass Guitarist, Music Tutor, Session Player and Performer. Based in London, he has studied the Higher Diploma and BMus Degree at the Institute Of Contemporary Music Performance and was awarded 'Best Bassist of 2013/14'. Lazarus is currently endorsed by Overwater Basses, Rotosound Strings and Darkglass Electronics.
Lazarus' set up includes a versatile Overwater Custom Jazz Bass and an Overwater Custom Fretless Bass - both with Rotosound Strings. He records through the Darkglass Vintage Deluxe Pre-Amp which goes into a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Interface - a quality industry-standard interface! Lazarus plays most genres of music, but specialises, and is most comfortable, in playing Soul, Motown, Pop, Jazz, Reggae, Rock and Funk. Lazarus is also a competent sight reader. In 2014, Lazarus was booked for a session playing Bass Guitar on a demo for the successful, modern Pop artist, John Newman. Lazarus has also played for modern Soul artist, Moncrieff, for a year - doing numerous recording sessions and live shows in and around London. He also played Bass Guitar for the opening act at Jamie Oliver's Big Feastival 2014 - sharing a stage with artists such as Jamie Cullum, Fatboy Slim, Bjorn Again and others. Lazarus says: "I'm really excited to be offering my services to this great company! By buying my services you will receive my full commitment to the session and, overall, project. I will work my hardest and dedicate myself 100% to giving you the best Bass track to fit your music! I promise 3 things: Commitment, Communication and Competence - I hope to hear from you soon and look forward to begin working with you!".
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Interview with Lazarus Michaelides - Bassist
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: The Girl From Mars - very proud to be Musical Director of a show appearing at Wembley Stadium!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am Musical Director and Bassist for touring Musical Theatre Show, The Girl From Mars - UK Tour begins in June appearing at Brighton Fringe, Northampton Picturedrome, Birmingham Roadhouse, MK Fringe, Wembley Stadium, Real Time Live Chesterfield, Level 3 Swindon and many more! As well as this I run my own Wedding & Function band, The Jukebox Project!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to work with you to achieve the best possible track!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love that everyday I get to do what I love, which is playing music, as a career and this allows me to constantly better myself as a bassist and musician every day.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: 1) Overwater Jazz Bass 2) Markbass Combo Amp 3) Macbook + Charger 4) Genelec Speakers 5) Focusrite Interface
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to have worked with Frank Zappa because of his innovative ideas and pure appreciation for each instrument's importance and part of the band. Today, I would like to work with Kirk Whalum and his gospel band, simply for the beautifully melodic bass lines gospel music boasts and is known so well for!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I work on all kinds of music including Jazz, Motown, Disco, Soul, Reggae, Funk, Pop, Rock, Musical Theatre and pretty much anything and everything else!
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I receive the charts/transcription from the client and have a little look at the harmonic progression and think up some idea I could use. I then listen to the reference track provided by the client and marge ideas of mine with influences from the reference track. I then do a rough take using my ideas and send to the client and if he/she is happy with the direction I have chosen then I will record the track professionally and once edited, EQd, automated etc etc I present the client with the isolated Bass track ready to go into their mix!
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Overwater Jazz Bass/Overwater Custom Fretless Bass/1989 MIJ '62 Reissue Fender Precision Bass with Rotosound Strings and into a Darkglass Electronics Vintage Deluxe Preamp which goes through my Markbass LMIII(800W) Head and into a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Audio Interface into Logic Pro X.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: John Paul Jones, Marcus Miller, Pino Palladino, James Jamerson, Donald Duck Dunn
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common session work I do is remote session work which involves recording bass tracks to a brief and conversing with the client in order to provide them with the best track I can give them!