I can throw down any bass line you want or make up a bass part for your tune. I can also produce music in multiple styles and play most of the instruments on that track. Check out my soundcloud to see the verity of music I am capable of.
Jeff is a versatile, technically-trained musician with experience in performing, recording, teaching, and producing a variety of musical styles. He specializes in bass guitar and upright bass, but practices and performs with piano, guitar, and cello as well. Whether in the pit band, studio or touring throughout the country, Jeff displays continuous dedication and pure enjoyment from his work. Through his role as a Personal Assistant to popular bassist Christian McBride he displayed a working back-end knowledge of the music industry. Jeff has also proven his front-end performance abilities through touring with Macy Gray and continues to do so with Four Celtic Voices. He proceeds to promote himself as a professional in regards to being a teacher and performer, but is eager to learn new skills.
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Interview with Jeff Biegel
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Touring with Macy Gray, this was my first gig with a major artist.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: My solo project called IO and promoting my new EP.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I haven't really combed through the providers but I would not be surprised if there was a couple people I know on here.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: It truly depends on the sound you're after. They both have their purpose.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will get to something you like.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I get to play bass!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: You can go really complicated with the bass line. I usually say it depends on what is happening with the melody or the song itself. Most of the time a simple bass line is what makes the main part of the song shine.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I really don't know but if I was going to say something I would probably go with not knowing music theory I guess. Or doesn't like to look in deep depth into topics.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: When we starting :D
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Find someone who can do a lot but looks to fit your style or looks fun to be around.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Bass, Laptop, akai keyboard, Interface, and solar panel (need something to power it up).
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've always wanted to be a session player and I've been doing it for over 10 years. It is hard to say because I have been playing music for over 17 years and it is kinda hard to pin point my first paying gig.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: A little bit of everything all in one.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Cory Wong, cause his guitar tone is so tight.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Analyze tracks you really dig the sound on so you know how to create something like it.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Jazz Fusion and Funk, but it really depends on my mood because I do work on a lot of classical music as well.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My musicality and my ability to communicate what musical concept is needed.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: An interesting point of view that just aim for something that sounds good to me.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: It really depends on what I am going for. If I am scoring a video I like to watch it a couple times, if I am writing something for myself I will mess around with a couple ideas. The one thing I do aim for is to make it very easy to record an idea so I can begin molding.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I currently run Pro Tools on my laptop. I have a very portable set up because I like to go to where the artist is most comfortable.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Jaco Pastorius, James Jamerson, Vulfpeck, Chon, Mars Volta, At The Drive In, Explosion In The Sky, and so much more. It would be very hard to list all that inspires me.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I am mostly hired as a bassist to play performances for solo artist, bands, and musicals.