Starting age 14 I learned playing bass via my elder brother and some friends. Age 18 started at the Lindenberg Music School with jazz guitar, age 20 took bass lessons with international acclaimed bassplayer, age 33 had my own Amsterdam jam session.
I offer real life experience, how to play on stage, how to improve your sound and to prevent failure.
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Interview with Bas Vossen
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: We played Ephemerisle last weekend, a group Bay Area techies that dream of seasteading. We were the first and only band to play the big deejay barge! (freewheelers cello band-> facebook.com/freewheelerscelloblues)
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: promotion (I can't study with background noise)
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: both. Some things are better analog (sounds) and others better digital (recording)
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: You'll be surprised! We will rock you.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Onstage fun, freedom
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: can i play your bass? -if you respect my instrument, yes.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: that the bass is not important
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: why do you want to learn bass?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: be serious; making music is important for heart, soul and community
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: solar panel, battery, Zoom, charger, phone I would be practising my voice and use phone to get gigs
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Started on acoustic and electric guitar, stepping over to bass age 19, studying with various talented people, joining bands in Nijmegen, Tilburg and Amsterdam, to eventually host my own jamsession there, after which I met my wife with whom I'm touring the world for 9 years now with the Freewheelers Cello Band
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: fluent, jazzy, rock bass
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Every artist who respects me and has at least some talent.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: minimize your volume in the studio listening room so your ears don't get worn out
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Blues, rock, jazz, soul, funk and reggae, but always curious to learn new styles
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I like to make songs swing so one can dance on it.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: recording ideas on the Zoom G4, and when I don't have inspiration I'll listen to my recordings. I glue parts together sometimes, and of course delete what has been done before, isn't unique, or doesn't sound nice enough.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Home studio in a boat with various laptops, and software environments. We have CuBase, Logic, Ableton Live and more professional recording programs, AND the experience to operate all of these :-)
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Professionals that respect each other, have fun together and make playing high quality in a relaxed way top priority.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I fill in the low end however my band members want me to do it.