I provide quality low-end to cater to your song's needs based on integrity, meticulous attention to detail, and years of experience.
My name is Derrick! I grew up in Southern California and I've been playing bass for 15 years. I've been fortunate enough to study with the best of the best. I've spent the last few years recording in studios all over Los Angeles, Touring all over the country (as well as international), and working with bands, songwriters, and music producers of many different genres. Bands/Artists I've been working with/touring with in recent years: DJ WIlliams' Shots Fired (Funk/Soul/Rock), Alana Davis (pop/90's), and Mike Pinto (reggae/ska), Forever X2 (Indie Pop).
I specialize in groove-centric music. I'm a sucker for great tone, heavy pocket, meaningful parts, and seamless relationship between bass n' drums to curate a solid foundation for your song(s).
What I can promise to provide for your music is:
-Quality sounding tracks and clean takes.
-An arsenal of gear meet your creative needs. I have a plethora of instruments (mostly Fender): Vintage and modern options, 4-string 5-string, flat-wound and round-wound strings, Short-scale, Moog, etc.
-A healthy work relationship based on communication and timeliness. I will not be satisfied until you (the Client) are satisfied.
Thank You for checking out my page! I'd be happy to answer questions. Let's get to work! =)
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Interview with D. Wong
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Brandon Combs is one of my closest friends and one of the best drummers I know. Hire us both for your next project!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both! Analog because there's nothing like the real thing. You can buy organ patches all day, but there's nothing like a B3 with a Leslie moving air in a room. Digital for efficiency. It's all about context.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Collaboration! I've gotten to meet so many amazing people from all over the world through playing music. While I live and breathe music, I've been able to craft really meaningful relationships along the way.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I think the biggest misconception is that folks think the bass is easy and easily dismissive. If you get down to the subtleties of quality musicianship, it's an incredibly difficult instrument.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What/who inspired you when you wrote this song? Is there a bass player that comes to mind for the type of playing you're looking for?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Efficient communication is the most important quality to a prosperous work-relationship.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been playing for about 15 years. I've been playing in bands and backing artists since I was 20 and I have no intention of stopping =)
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I use the term "groove-centric" a lot when describing what I sound like. To me, this just means that groove is the most important component to the way I play.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Aside from playing well, it all starts with the instrument. In my case, it's the electric bass. If the bass is not balanced and does not sound good at the beginning of your chain, no plug-in, preamp, or EQ is worth using to save it.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is situational awareness. I've become a good listener and communicator as a result (musical and non-musical situations).