I have composed, arranged, played and taught jazz, rock, pop, funk, soul and classical music for 15 years. I actively participate in the Buenos Aires music scene.
Hi! I`m a bassist from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Graduated from Manuel de Falla's Jazz Technician and from the Contemporary Music School (Berklee). I have participated in more than 20 professional albums as a composer, arranger, bassist and double bassist. I have played with highly recognized musicians such as "Charly" Garcia (Arg.), Jose Luis Fernandez (The Bird Making Machine), Guillermo Klein, Joey Blake (USA), Tim Berne, Guillermo Romero, Hayati Kafe, Abel Rogantini, Marcelo Gutfraind, Carto Brandan, Ernesto Snajer, Juan Cruz de Urquiza, Richard Nant among others. Participate in the following groups as bassist-double bassist and-or composer; Anonimus Big Band, Big Nant, Ñomo, Fémina, La Finca de Laurento, Hypertension, and in other jazz and fusion groups. And he leads his group, with which he recorded his first album "Homenaje", with which he was awarded as "Revelation Artist" for the interview on the El Intruso portal.
Available Basses: 72´Fender P-bass 2012 Fender Jazz Bass American Special Daniel´s Fretless Bass - Flat Strings Available Upright Bass: German bass (1890) 3-4 , french bow, tomastick spirocore medium. Realist piezzo mic. Guitars: 2012 Fender Stratocaster Available effect pedals: POG OC2 Boss Delay Distortion Available Amplifiers: Mark Bass NY121 TC Electronics RH750 Available DI/preamp boxes: Avalon U5 Aguilar Tone Hammer.
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Interview with Hernan Cassibba
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I am especially proud of my first solo album with the sextet. There I played the double bass, composed and arranged all the music.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am working on my second album with my jazz sextet, as well as on the publication of my trio, and preparing a next album for 4th chamber music. All original music.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I prefer analog, I feel it more “real”. more reliable. Just as I prefer "passive" basses over active ones. I like a very vintage sound, and that it sounds more like wood.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Honesty, professionalism, I take music very seriously, which I consider to be the most important thing.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Compose and play original music, I love that they trust me to play their music.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: The most frequently asked question is whether to send the written chords. I always answer that it is preferable, but not mandatory. I always recommend that you send some musical reference (youtube, spotify etc) to listen to what you are looking for.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Believing that one only plays a musical genre.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I ask them what music they like, what kind of sound they are looking for in their music, and based on that, I put together the proposal.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Always use good wood!! is the most important!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My double bass, my Fender Pbass 72´, my DPA microphone, my strings and my Fender Jazz Bass.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been working in music professionally for 20 years. I have worked as a guitarist, electric bass player and double bass player. As well as composer and arranger.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is very personal, I compose my music, my lines and I lead my jazz groups. It is a style where melody and melodic development predominate above all. Harmony and rhythm always based on a beautiful melody and its interpretation.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Paul McCartney. I consider him with one of the greatest songwriters and producers in history. In addition to being a phenomenal bass player.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Always be honest; be judicious with the work, do not try to get rid of it. The customer is always right. Follow your heart and your ear!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, rock, funk, soul, hiphop, jazz , folk ,etc
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My greatest strength is versatility
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring all my years of experience in music to a song. After so many years one develops a sound and criteria that are the most important to make a base that works in music.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Generally, they send me the song where they want me to record it, with a Word.doc with the chords (optional) and I listen to it. Once I learn it, I put together bass lines and start recording. Then, I send the finished work to the client for its revision.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: 72´Fender P-bass 2012 Fender Jazz Bass American Special Daniel´s Fretless Bass - Flat Strings Available Upright Bass: German bass (1890) 3-4 , french bow, tomastick spirocore medium. Realist piezzo mic. DPA 4099 condenser microphone. Guitars: 2012 Fender Stratocaster American Available effect pedals: POG OC2 Boss Delay Distortion Available Amplifiers: Mark Bass NY121 TC Electronics RH750 Available DI/preamp boxes: Avalon U5 Aguilar Tone Hammer Recording System and Hardware: Apple iMac w/2.93 GHz Intel Core i7 processor Ableton Live 11 Focusrite Itrack SOLO
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I am very inspired by the work of artists like Kayne West, Brian Blade, D'Angelo, Dr Dre, John Mayer, Herbie Hancock, Beyonce, Madonna, etc.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common type of work I do is bass recordings in the genres of hiphop, funk, soul, jazz, rock, pop, fusion, etc.