Session Bass for your songs in all styles/genres
Bass playing with a rich fat tone in all styles and genres. Complimenting your songwriting needs with an understated, but lift to your songs. I can record remotely. I have a Pro Tools rig at home. I record through an Agular direct box as well as an old Ampeg B12 amplifier.
I have performed, recorded/toured with Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Gavin DeGraw, Nelly McKay, Ronnie Spector, Ramin Karimloo, Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, Robert Randolph, LaBamba & Mark Pender from Conan O’Brien Show, John Scofield, Dave Chappelle, Clay Aiken, De La Soul, Doug E. Fresh, G.E. Smith, Branford Marsalis, Mark Rivera, Joe Piscopo, Lee Roy Parnell. Broadway shows include Billy Joel and Twlap Tharp’s “Movin’ Out” and Laura Nyros “Eli’s Coming”, A London Production of Jason Robert Brown’s “A Song For The New World”.
TV Appearances include: One Tree Hill, MTV, VH-1, Tonight Show, Dancing With The Stars, The View, Today Show, Ellen, Kelly & Ryan, Jimmy Kimmel Live!.
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Interview with Tony Tino
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Writing and production
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Creating with other people.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I'm not just a bass player, but a music maker. As we all are. Our instruments are just a small part of our bigger voices
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: You'll get quality and paid to attention detail to your music. I'm here to please and easy to work with.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A bass, a good amp (ampeg B15 or aguilar), a good cable, maybe an envelop filter and food
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Been doing this my whole adult life.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Groove based with touches melodicisms.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Daniel Lanois because he is not only deep, but imaginative.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Be yourself
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Playing the bass
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Musicality and Creativity in all the confounds of the groove in the song. Always complimenting the lyrics or melody by leaving space or lifting up.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Usually an artist will send me a demo of their song which would usually includes them singing and playing an instrument of their choice or a demo they made on garageband, etc. I would write my own charts and then talk to the artist to see what direction musically they would like me to play. I would give them one or two and build from there if needed be.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I use Pro Tools as my recording platform. I record through an Aguilar Tone Hammer pre amp/direct box as well as miking an old Ampeg B12 flip top amplifier/cab
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Great drummers such as Bernard Purdie to Ringo Starr to Shawn Pelton to Jim Keltner to Steve Gadd to Josh Dion to Steve Ferrone to Charley Drayton to Phil Rudd to Jerry Marrotta. List goes on and on. As well as musical guitar players and keyboard players in all factions. Studio musicians to band members.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Tracking bass to a bare bones track (just voice/guitar or piano & drums) or tracking to song that's already been fully produced. Collective creativity with the artist.