Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
There's a few things in the works right now which have a special place in my heart.
What are you working on at the moment?
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Josiah Ruff - we have worked together and he is a phenomenal producer / arranger and SINGER.
Analog or digital and why?
Both. Why not?
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
100% satisfaction or your money back. I've never been asked to give the money back.
What do you like most about your job?
Playing bass all day.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Who influences you? There's such a long list... it goes from Jamerson, to Andrew Gouce. From Jaco Pastorius to Franc O'shea. From Stravinsky to Mozart. From Tchaikovsky to John Coltrane. From Justin Bieber to D'angelo. From Chaka Khan to Matt Garrison. I'm trying to be Dumbo (with the big ears).
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That its just playing "boom boom boom boom boom and its easy"... but that's not usually how a real musician understands it.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
For the sound I'm very specific - I provide a demo of previously recorded bass lines utilising the different tonal combinations on my bass. I want to know what you want from the fundamental sound. This also a good time for any reference tracks you might have. Then I want to know whether you require a direct signal, a signal through my preamps and whether you require any EQ/ Compression processing of the bass track through plugins.
It also depends, usually its quite straight forward and a client will tell me all I need to know right off the bat. Then it's just a matter of clarifying... 90% of the time there isn't much to clarify.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
You've made the right choice ;) lol
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A tin opener, lots of tins of tuna, a rice cooker...
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I started with lessons at the age of 13. I keep taking lessons till I was 23. I have this insatiable thirst to just know more about this instrument and understand it from every angle. Things slowly began picking up when I was 18, by the age of 22 I was making most of my income playing gigs and then I landed a job playing music 6 nights a week internationally. I did that for three years before moving to London where I started working as a session bassist and live for functions.
How would you describe your style?
Consistent yet adaptable.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Chaka Khan... she's the best and she works with the best.
Can you share one music production tip?
This isn't my forte... I'll keep my opinions to myself.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Everything, remember I'm Dumbo.
What's your strongest skill?
What do you bring to a song?
The soul, the bottom end, the glue, the frequencies that hit you deep in your gut...
What's your typical work process?
I like to listen to the song, I mean really listen to it - take it for a walk on repeat for an hour. When I get back to record, I'm ready. Usually I'll sketch out the form on paper or play along on keys until I understand how the chords work. Each song is different and requires a unique approach. One thing stays the same though, I give every project my best and always over deliver.
Tell us about your studio setup.
Wood&Tronics or Fender Jazz bass into aguilar and mark bass preamps DI'd to a focusrite interface.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
So many, I try to keep my ears big like Dumbo
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Usually a client sends me a song to create a bass line to, I record it and send it back.