I'm a session bassist who likes blues, funk, rock, metal, and hip hop. Right now I'm working as a session musician for Pentagram Records. I have worked in many of the projects the label has signed. I also have my own band called Trance TV, a bass and drums psychedelic rock duo, in which I play bass, sing, and do the songwriting.
I offer services as a session bassist, which means I can record any given bass track that you need to place in the mix of your song. Although, I'm very open minded about my influences and style, I enjoy playing blues, funk, hip hop, and rock, the most. But I consider myself to be quite versatile, so feel free to ask anyway!
Also, I offer my services as a songwriter. I'm very fond of writing and I can do it either in english or spanish. So if you need lyrics, I just might be your guy!
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Reviews (6)Endorse Tony Reyes
Very professional, creative and easy to work with .
I've worked with Tony in many proyects. He plays with such naturality and groove, he is a really good songwriter and he always come up with great ideas and different point of views. Always gets the work done when needed. Always focused. He can play as simple or as complex as you ask him to.
Tony recorded the Bass Tracks of 3 of my songs (Akaryu). Difficult, progressive, synchopated basslines, usually painted over changing time signatures. I was nervous at first, thinking it would be hard to memorize & feel the songs. Man was I surprised. He recorded the 3 songs within 1-3 tries. With feeling. With style. With soul.
I've been working with Tony for years now in several projects and he keeps an outstandingly signature style of playing and great efficiency. He's very close to his instrument and always delivers intricate riffs, complex songwriting, or just makes the most out of a simple time signature or drumbeat, his ability proves years of commitment and passion
I've worked with Mr. Reyes a couple of times and I'm always satisfied with the outcome. An efficient, talented and groovy bassist that's open to new ideas and styles, learns and adapts rapidly to your needs and always eager to work in new projects.
Tony is an excellent bass player and very comfortable to work with. He has delivered complex bass parts with great precision and ease time and time again. I hire him because he is money well spent.
Interview with Tony Reyes
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: As a session bassist, I can learn an already existing composition and record it, or I could make a bass composition myself which fits the song. As a lyricist, I can sell a song I have already finished, I can write a new one for a song with no instrumental composition yet, or I can write one that fits an existing instrumental composition.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I don't like one over the other to be honest. I think digital is a lot more comfortable to work with and technology nowadays makes digital so similar to analog that it doesn't really matter. I still do love analog because of the fact that it is the real natural sound that the instrument produces and I find that to be valuable.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I am inspired by musicians such as Thundercat, Justin Chancellor from Tool, Flying Lotus, James Blake, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Portishead, Massive Attack,The Mars Volta, John Coltrane, Queens of the Stone Age, Jimi Hendrix, Arctic Monkeys, Nas, Kendrick Lamar, BadBadNotGood, Radiohead and other similar acts.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Communication is key. Always express effectively what you expect from your provider so that he knows on what things to focus when working. Provide examples of things that show different characteristics of what you're looking for.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I would describe it as heavily influenced by blues, funk, and hip hop. I like to use fun and bouncy synchopated rythms.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: By the moment you hit the studio, you should be able to do the whole thing in one take smoothly. This shows that you've mastered the song, and also shortens the time that you will spend in the studio just messing up. This saves you time to work on the little details that make up for a great recording. Get the most genuine take you can do and then work on that, edit tracks as little as posible.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a Mexican Fender Jazz Bass. I use some effect pedals sich as an ODB-3 Bass Overdrive, a TC Electronics Flashback X4 Delay, and a Crybaby Bass Wah pedal. I have an Orange CRUSH 100BXT Bass Amplifier.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Flying Lotus because I find his music very interesting and original. I think he has explored areas in music production that hadn't been discovered. I would also like to do a collaboration with James Blake for similar reasons, altough something that I find interesting about him is the sobriety of his music despite the fact that he uses unusual techniques to make music.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work on psychedelic rock music, stoner rock music, a bit of funk, a bit of hip hop.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I like to bring rythm to songs, I love syncopated rythms. I also like to use different textures in songs using effects like overdrives, delay, wah, etc. I like to have a big sound, but I also like to keep a mellowness when needed. The most important thing to me when recording a song is to keep it fun and to stay outside of the usual.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I can do either two things when recording a bass track. In the first one, my clients can send me their composition for the bass part in the song (if they do have one), then I learn it and practice it for a few days (I like to discuss suggestions too if the client is open minded about it), and then I get in the studio and record the track. In the second one, if there is no previous composition I would listen to the track and then compose something myself which fits the song accordingly to the client's wish. When I write lyrics for a song, I like to listen to the instrumental if there is one, and then ask the client what things does he think about when listening to the song, incluiding scenery, sensations, thoughts, etc. After I get a good enough picture of what the person wants I get down to writing. I usually do drafts first until the client is satisfied.