For Me.. Playing Bass is Composing Melodic Foundation to Enhance the Unique Sound of the Artist. ~Steven Dueck
Seamlessly blending rock, pop and funk, Steven Dueck’s bass influences include Mark King, Abraham Laboriel, Nathan East. Steven has recorded, produced and played bass for EDIRI, Lionthroat, LaDonna Macauley, Embassy Voices, APUK, Haley Parker, Cadillac Rags, Emiko, The Tightners, ZION Minstrels, Teehijay, Call Me Mildy, Oboise, Days Of Truth, A$TRO, Macc Davis, Ray Vincent, Emerald Greene Duo, Tamara McDougall, Keelin Covlin, Kenton McDougall, Kaleab & Agnes, The 7th Avenue, Jeremy Buzash[Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra], Sdee, Francis Dixon, Timmy V, Jatinder Gagowal, Harp Maan.
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Interview with Steven Dueck
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm working on my Solo Music Right Now.. I have 10-12 songs I'm putting on stores soon. Just finished "Chill Time"
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 Khalid.. Janelle Monáe, Kanye West, Rick Ross, Diddy.. There are a ton of different artists.. Anyone who is pro and digs my Bass Style. Why because artists like this have certain flare I can relate to in there music.
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'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: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Since I was 10 Years Old. So 39 Years.
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: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Use pro quality gear. No Mistakes.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Basses: Ibanez SR 1205, Fender American Jazz Bass V Amps: GALLIEN-KRUEGER Cables: Mogami GOLD DI: Radial J48 Mics: Sennheiser 421, Shure 57, Others as needed. Audio Interface: UAD Apollo 8p DAW: Pro Tools 2018 [Cloud Collaboration ID: Session 1 Records] Monitors: Yamaha HS8 Workstation: Roland FA06
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Solid to the Kick with precision experimental freeplay.
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.