Hi all! Mitch Beer here. I'm the Smoothest Bass on Tap I am a live and session Electric Bassist, multi instrumentalist, arranger, and producer in Philadelphia. I love the Bass and I love helping artists and songwriters take their songs to the next level.
I've spent the last 10 years as a live and session bassist and currently I am the in house bass player for 9 time Grammy Winning producer Joe "The Butcher" Nicolo. I've worked with numerous great producers and engineers in the area and globally (thanks to the internet) with many young artists. I have toured Internationally with the Grammy Winning Digable Planets and I still perform regularly both locally and nationally as well. I've performed and recorded in numerous genres so I always seek to be authentic in the style of the song.
Through all this experience I have learned a ton as a bass player, but also as an arranger and producer and I am able to offer a unique set of services to producers and artists.
- I will write or replay prewritten bass lines for you adding the right vibe for your song.
- I can add subtle and nuanced guitar parts
- I also can add great ear candy from my moog synthesizer
- I have a ton of positive energy and treat every project like its my own. So if i hear something that the song needs I do my best to add it, whether its arrangement or another musical idea.
Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.
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I’ve worked with Mitch on a few jobs and let me just say this guy is a rare gem! He understands so many different genre’s it blows my mind and his bass playing skills are awe inspiring!! He is able to interpret your needs flawlessly all while making the process fun and easy. Talent??? The stuff is oozing out of this guys pores! Do yourself a favor and hire him already!!!!! 10STARS!
I hired Mitch to play bass for a song I produced. He was super friendly, fast, professional, and did an amazing job playing. He sent me a few versions to work with and helped me get the song to where it needed to be. Would highly recommend.
Mitch is by far one of the best Bass players and musicians in Philadelphia. His ear and cross-genre approach to the Bass and to production gives him a skill set that many other musicians cannot keep up with. On top of his musical talent, his friendly and professional personality makes him a constant pleasure to work with.
Mitch is one of the most talented musicians I've worked with. His ability to adapt to any genre is impressive and valuable to a producer like me. His professionalism is above what you can expect in this business. I highly recommend him!
Interview with Mitch Beer
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most commonly I write bass lines, or record a pretty written bass line with the vibe and style necessary to make the song come alive
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: So many. Musicians - Phil Lesh, Pino Palladino, Justin Meldau-Johnson, James Jamerson, Michael Manring, Andrew Gouche, Stanley Clarke. Producers - Brian Eno, Trevor Horn, Joe "The Butcher", Max Martin, Steve Lillywhite, Ivan Barias, Dr Dre, J Dilla, Oddkidout
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I listen to the song a number of times before picking up the instrument. Get a sense for the direction and the vocals. Then try to come up with a "final part" - the full expression of the groove. Then break it down to build the flow of the song.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Energy - first and foremost. Every song is a special thing, and I treat it as if its my last. This could be the only artistic expression from the writer or artist and it deserves my best. Flexibility - I've worked in a ton of styles so I can be authentic to the style, but also blend in others. On top of that, I always bring Tone and feel and a piece of myself to every part.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Locking a groove down that the song can ride with. Being simple. I'm not the flashy bass player. I'm trying to set the table for the song to shine.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Its really been a wide variety. From Hip Hop, to Rock, to Pop, to Soul - i've been really fortunate to work in a ton of genres at this point.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Just 1? Never get in the way of the vocals.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Extremely positive, and smooth!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Incredibly bizarre and twisting, but I've now been a professional bassist for 10 years.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: 76 Pbass, 2 warrior basses, Reddi Box, Interface
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are your goals for the song? Where do you want to go?
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I'm playing bass and helping songs go to the next level. That sounds like the best job in the world to me!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will exceed their expectations. They won't just be satisfied, they will be excited!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both - they each have strengths. Blending them is the art.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Hell Yeah, Ivan Barias - Grammy nominated producer, brilliant songwriter, drummer, and multi instrumentalist. His sense of groove for a song is amazing, and he always knows how to take a song to another level. He's also just a great guy, who wants to see Artists succeed and grow.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Like 9 things ha. I am coproducing a young rapper that I play all the basses and guitars on. I have a side project with a British artist and the producer Oddkidout. I have some songs placed on an upcoming Moosh and Twist album
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a full set up home studio. Ableton 10 running with an Audient iD44 Interface. Reddi DI as well as an API 3124 preamp unit. Mackie Speakers, headphones, a number of microphones. PBass, Fender Strat, Moog lil Phatty, Roland Boutiques, and other toys also laying around and linked up!
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I hate even answering this question because there are many, and for different reasons.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be as descriptive in what you are looking for as possible, but keep an open mind. That way I can do my best to give you what you want, but also maybe expand the options of what you wanted.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it needs to be "impressive" to be dope. I generally find the best parts aren't that impressive, but they contribute to something great.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Most recently, working with the band Phony Ppl from Brooklyn. I honestly didn't even really play or produce, but I engineered a number of instruments during their session and kept the vibes super strong and work flowing.