When I hear a new piece of music, a bass line immediately starts to form in my head...
Endorsed by Marco Bass Guitars, Gallien Krueger Amps, and La Bella Strings, specializing in rock, funk, hip hop, blues, and anything between. Easy to work with in the studio, incredibly fast learner, and love nothing more than laying down the low end to help complete your vision!
I've been playing bass for 17 years, with tons of studio work, shows, touring and gigs under my belt. I'm currently full timing it in Bootleg Sunshine, Moon Darling, Devils Hunt Me Down, Patrick Galactic, and Holy Funk, but I will always make time to lay down the low end on your album or fill in for some gigs! It may sound cheesy but I'm truly not happy until you are happy with the tunes. Hit me up!
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Ian was great. He listens carefully and delivers exactly what's needed.
Ian was great!
He sent me several samples
We made a few tweaks, and we had a finished product in just a couple of days. I will definitely will use him again!
Ian is great at understanding what it is you exactly want and delivering it. Will def work with him again
Interview with Ian Sides
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Studio bass (in person and remote), filling in live, and co-writing.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Pre-production is incredibly useful. Use whatever means you have to record a demo of your songs long before you hit the studio. It sounds obvious, but you will gain a very different perspective listening to your songs than playing them, however horrible the recording quality is.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Depends on what you're going for. I love the satisfaction of nailing an entire take onto 2" tape, but some prefer punching into pro-tools 25 times to absolutely nail their exact vision. Amazing music has been created using both, and I am comfortable with with either.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I typically like to first listen to a song or idea in it entirety. Immediately I start to hear bass lines in my head, learn how to play them, and tweak and compose the bass line until I'm happy with it. Then, I like hearing the vision for the bass, the meaning of the song, and any other relevant details. Sometimes this means completely rewriting the part, but more often than not the bass lines that flow through me on the first listen end up being the right fit! I don't know where they come from, but I'm glad they do.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring the funk! Or the soul, or the lightening fast 16th notes, or I can groove in the pocket... It all depends on what you're looking for in your composition. But left to my own devices, I generally lean towards a groove that will get you moving.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock, funk, singer-songwriter, electro-funk, hip hop, and anything that grooves!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My Marco Bass TFL and 4 extra sets of strings!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: 17 years ago, I wanted nothing more than to play the bass guitar. I was signed up for piano lessons instead, and it was only after working full time for an entire summer (at the age of 12) that I could afford my first bass. I have yet to put it down, and my only regret in life is not playing more.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Right now I'm in the writing phase with Devils Hunt Me Down and Patrick Galactic, while Holy Funk just released our debut single. I'm also fortunate to be working on a few tracks with the incredibly talented M3 Beats! And I'm always working on my solo stuff.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: All of my friends in the Seattle music scene inspire me to be better and further dedicate myself to my craft.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Ableton via an M-audio USB interface and MacBook Pro. My Marco Basses sound incredible direct in or sometimes with some compression, but occasionally I'll mic one of my many cab and head combos to get a specific sound. Basses include Marco Jazz, Marco "Jazz-Ray", Marco TFL 24 (dual coils for an ultra modern sound), MusicMan StingRay 5, a couple Fender American Jazz basses, and a Fretless Fender jazz, and an acoustic electric bass. Tons of effects if a song calls for it, including several overdrive/ distortion, wah, tube overdrive, reverb, bass talkbox (no joke!), and a Latvian copy of a Russian synth from the 80's that sounds insane. Plus today's plugins sound great so I can mix anything you can dream up in the box.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Eating burritos is probably my strongest skill. A close second is composing bass lines, and right behind that is acting like an escaped chimpanzee on stage.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Carlos Santana. I've wanted to jam with that dude since I was a kid. Griz is a close second, because that dude rips the groove.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Reach out and start a conversation! Ask us for some samples that are similar to what you're going for, give them a listen, and pick the bass player that makes you groove.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is your vision for the song? What does it mean?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: People like to think that playing bass is easy. As with any instrument, there is no such thing as mastering the bass. The more you learn, the more you know you don't know.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Playing bass is my favorite thing to do, and helping others realize their artistic visions by playing the bass is an absolute dream come true.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I'm not happy with the song until you are.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Devils Hunt Me Down's "In Medias Res." It was such a team effort, where we all wore composer, producer, and performer hats at various times. We were lucky enough to get to work with Jack Endino (Nirvana, Soundgarden, Ten Miles Wide) on this EP trilogy that we released over the course of 2017. It was an incredible experience.