I don't just play standard Bass.. through my runs I make Bass Sing and fill in all the right spots to create flow and pump against the kick and gentle release as well to add dimension to music.
Steven Dueck is one of the most in-demand session bassists in Canada. Seamlessly blending rock, pop and funk, Dueck’s bass influences include Mark King, Abraham Laboriel, Will Lee, Stanley Clarke and Nathan East.
Steven is also becoming a well known Producer and Recording Engineer and in the studio has produced and played bass for EDIRI, Lionthroat, LaDonna Macauley, Embassy Voices, Haley Parker, Cadillac Rags, Emiko,
The Tightners, ZION Minstrels, Teehijay, Call Me Mildy, Oboise, Days Of Truth, Ray Vincent.
Steven Dueck is a self taught Bassist and Producer and is the Owner of his home based Studio Session 1 Records.
Session 1 Records is running AVID Cloud Collaboration for Pro Tools 12.8 If you need remote production or session bass. This allows Steven to produce and record bass tracks for any studio in the world that uses AVID Cloud Collaboration.
Collab ID is: Session 1 Records
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Interview with Steven Dueck
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Call Me Mildy.. I was referred to the Band as the Best Recording Studio in my Area so I was extremely happy to hear that feedback on the street. Recording Engineer, Producer. The Teehijay Production is exciting. I am producing and playing Bass on the new Single. Zion Minstrels Gospel Choir Project was a full scale project I did everything on that Album from placing mics, session bass to Distribution.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Solar Power Bank, apollo 8p/UAD-2 QUAD, MacBook Pro, Yamaha Monitors, Roland Workstation, Non expiring Apple Music/ProTools hmm would that work lol. That's 6.. you need to upgrade the question :)
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Working with Pharrell Williams would be a good time. I'd also like to Work With Lady Gaga and Beyonce.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I grew up playing Bass along with Koinonia Albums [Abraham Laboriel] and Level 42 [Mark King]
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I'm from Start to Finish: Writing Composing Instrumentalist Recording Vocals and Instruments Session Bassist Mixing Mastering Marketing Distribution Publishing
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Demo Tracking Ray Vincent Country Artist, Recording 2nd Album for Blues/Rock Band Call Me Mildy, A new Single for Teehijay Gospel Artist, a debut Album for Lionthroat Female Rock, Parks Canada Vocals and Drums Field Recording Project for an Interactive Museum.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Collaborating with talented artists, listening to the music all come together in the mix. Giving and taking as much as I can from each session. Listening to the Master recording.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I like to work with Producers that track the bass after drums, and at least reference vocal tracks, guitars, keys in the recording but early on in the recording process. This gives me the feel where the bass needs to sit and any holes in the music that need to be filled. I often lay down scratch bass tracks to keep the project flowing and I like to retrack the bass after all the music is complete to glue the song flow together with the bass. Every project is unique so prelim discussion with the Producer is essential.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Since I was 10 Years Old. So 38 Years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Solid to the Kick with precision experimental freeplay.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Use pro quality gear.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Learning to play a song I have never heard before.. after hearing 1 time.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Timing, Clean and Tight [Sometimes Raw and Dirty], Finesse, Heart and Soul.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Listen to the music of the artist and decide the best approach to adding bass and harmonic dimension to their music.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Basses: Ibanez SR 1205, Fender American Elite Jazz Bass V Amps: GALLIEN-KRUEGER 150S/112 MBX Cables: Mogami GOLD DI: Radial J48 Mics: Sennheiser 421, Shure 57, Others as needed. Audio Interface: UAD Apollo 8p DAW: Pro Tools 12.8 [Cloud Collaboration ID: Session 1 Records] Monitors: Yamaha HS8 Workstation: Roland FA06, MIDI