Session bassist with special skills on fretless bass. Working as an artist and with Heiskanen Bayatz Baharat, Helsinki Headnod Convention, Bossapoika and many more.
Jukka Haavisto is a new generation bassvirtuoso from Finland. He is a studio- and live musician who currently plays and performs with his newly established focusing on the upcoming release of his debut album and with many different directors, artists, and line-ups such as Jukka Haavisto Trio, Bossapoika, Beat, Bass & Bone, Heiskanen Bayatz Baharat, VENHA sekä Helsinki Headnod Convention.
Haavisto studied at University of Stavanger, Institute of Music and Dance, and graduated as Master of Music Performance & jazz improvisation in 2016. Nowadays he is known for his fretless bass, jazz fusion, and world music fusion compositions, and skillful improvisations.
Jukka is Aguilar Amplification, Soundtools, and Maruszczyk Instruments artist. His resume of previous collaboration partners includes a wide scale of musicians and composers such as Stein Inge Brækhus, Jouni Järvelä, Mikko Hassinen, Marouf Majidi, Mika Säily, Jarno E.J. Tikka, Marc Bernstein, Jussu Pöyhönen, Robin Methlie, and Johannes Ulveraker.
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Interview with Jukka Haavisto
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I'm really proud of Bossapoika's Toinen album. I co-produced, co-arranged, recorded and played all the basses on the album. Bossapoika is Finnish artist who's music is highly related to bossanova music.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: At the moment I'm rehearsing music for Lotta - Maria & ArabJazz recordings in June. Lots of different time signatures, micro intervals and bass solos.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Mostly digital.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Ypu will get a bass line that is musical and stylish.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: To be creative and to be at stage.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can you play something on this? Yes I can.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Tempo, key and the style of the song.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: For remote sessions make the listening as easy as possible. Send separate drum and harmony tracks.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My Maruszczyk fretless headless bass and Charlie Parkers Omnibook.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've played bass since I was nine years old boy. In high school I played in my friends dads bands and that time was really the school of music for me. After I did my services for my country, I got my degree from conservatory and later bachelor degree as pop / Jazz- musician at Metropolia university of applied science in Helsinki. And some years ago I got my master degree of improvisation at University of Stavanger in Norway.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I would say that my playing style is something like Neo-Pastorius.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to play live shows with Adele. I'm really inspired by her singing skills.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Fusion jazz, world music, hard rock, rock and jazz.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: To play fretless bass in a way that you can't say is it fretted or not.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Weather Report, Richard Bona, Adele, Sting, Geddy Lee...
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Playing too much.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Bass player plays the sound. Give him/her the possibility to make the best sound that is needed.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Strong bass line. If there is room for little virtuoso harmonics and fills, I''m the player you're looking for.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: If there is no sheet music I will make a sheet for me if the music is complex enough. Usually there is no need for that. I will listen the material several times and then I start to play with that. If there is no special orders I will play tow or three different kinds bass lines and ask which is the way producer wants.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a small studio room with nice Genelec monitors, UAD Apollo Twin X and mac. As an endorser of Aguilar Amplification I have nice amp, cab and several effects from them.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Typically producer sends drum track and some harmony lines for me. I record the bass line on Logic Pro X and will sent it as aiff, Wav or full session depending what wanted.