Great driving bass parts for your rock or punk tracks
So you want a great sounding bass for your rock or punk tracks?! You've come to the right place.
My name is Daniel Nicolas and I'm a bass player, song writer and solo artist. But I offer the thing I'm best at. Playing bass to great rock tracks. I have extensive live and studio experience working with different up and coming artist. I love to be creative while still serving the track. I will work with you to get the sound and the parts that fit the song best and bring that little something special to the track, or just provide a thundering bottom end. Head banging guaranteed.
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Interview with Daniel Nicolas
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: The songs I release as a solo artist are very special to me. I know how much time, effort and feeling goes into making songs.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm helping an emerging punkrock band write their first EP. Going a little bit further than just writing bass lines. But they're cool guys so I love to help out.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: There are so many great mixing engineers on here. It's hard to pick one
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Why not both?
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will work untill you are 100% satisfied
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love to work with other people and with music. I mean what's not to like?
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: If I can offer them a discount. Most of the times we can work something out!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That bass isn't that important for the track.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What they are looking for in the bass track
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Find the right guy for your track. It's not hard to play punk and rock bass, but it's hard to play it with the right attitude.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Laptop, interface, headphones, pedalboard, and my custom build precision bass
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been playing with bands and making and recording music for over 15 years
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Hard hitting when needed, chill and lead back when appropriate
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: There are so many artists i would love to work with. Each artists brings their own little something special and it's really cool to be a part of that and help out.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Shut out the critics! There are so many people who will be negative just because you have a dream and a vision. Don't listen to them. Do what you love and surround yourself with positive people.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock, poppunk, punkrock, emo, punk
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Playing for the song and adding that little something to make you go "ow yeah".
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A great bass line that serves the song
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: After receiving the project and the requirements I'll first listen to it a couple of times. I will usually write a couple of options and check with the client which direction he/she would like to go with the track. After that I'll record the complete track, and if possible and wanted i'll also record a couple of bass fills to add to the track.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I believe in a simple and straight forward setup. Great bass, into a great bass preamp, into a great interface. Perhaps run a compressor before that when needed, but usually that will give a great tone. I also always record a clean DI signal so the mixing engineer has much more options to shape the sound. My typical setup would be a Fender Precision Bass into a Sansamp VT bass into my Audient interface. I would also simultaneously run a REDDI clean into my interface.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Karl Alvarez (The Decendents), Matt Freeman (Rancid), Mike Dirnt (Green Day), Chris #2 (Anti-Flag), Nate Mendel (Foo Fighters)
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I write and record kick-ass bass lines