Tom Southerton

Session Musician, Bassist

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Tom is a Japan based freelance musician, originally from Manchester U.K. He has toured extensively over several continents, performing with numerous bands and theatrical shows playing a spectacular range of musical styles.

Performance Instruments:
Double Bass
Bass Guitar
Backing Vocals

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Interview with Tom Southerton

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: Asseverations is my heaviest work to date. My original album, composer, leader, bassist.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: New original album and an EP with band.

  5. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  6. A: Both. Depends on setup and music.

  7. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  8. A: Satisfaction guaranteed

  9. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  10. A: Working in the imagination, the physical sensory world, social with others, alone playing own parts. Music is multidimensional.

  11. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  12. A: Are you available? When is it?

  13. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  14. A: I play so many styles of music. People think I only play jazz.

  15. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  16. A: Whatever they don't mention when providing info

  17. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  18. A: Let's talk

  19. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  20. A: swiss army knife, hammock, machete, water filter, lighter Forget music

  21. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  22. A: Playing pro over 20 years. Worked with many bands, live touring, recording and releasing albums. Many genres of music.

  23. Q: How would you describe your style?

  24. A: Original style is intense. As a session player, I play for the song.

  25. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  26. A: Tachibana Yoichi, he's a tasteful shredder

  27. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  28. A: strong clean signal, the bass tone is all in the fingers

  29. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  30. A: Crazy time cycles, subdivision, polyrhythms

  31. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  32. A: Rhythm

  33. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  34. A: Groove

  35. Q: What's your typical work process?

  36. A: Immersion in music. Play around and / or hone. Takes, review.

  37. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  38. A: Mac & PC, desk & mobile interface, multiple amps, multiple basses.

  39. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  40. A: Musicians with a unique sound and style

  41. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  42. A: Live performance Remote recording session Tuition


GenresSounds Like
  • Zappa
  • Mahavishnu Orchestra
  • Return To Forever
Gear Highlights
  • Fender Jazz Bass
  • Double Bass
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