Rob Hutchinson

Double Bass/Electric Bass

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Abbey Road Studios, Angel Studios, Sphere Studios and Soundtree studios in London, UK. My recording credits include orchestral, Jazz, Pop and Latin recording sessions for film, television and commercials in the UK, Canada and the USA. Contracts included work for BBC Films, Miramax, BBC Television and Radio, Nike and Stella Artois.

www.robhutchinson.ca - visit my website to hear more clips of my playing.

​Bassist Rob Hutchinson is lives in Calgary, Canada having worked for 12 years in London, UK. A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music, Rob was the only student in the history of the school to be permitted to enroll in a Jazz performance course while studying on the Orchestral Training Program for double bass.

Rob’s unique professional skillset includes fluency as an Orchestral and Jazz double bassist, and as a fretted and fretless electric bassist. Additionally, Rob plays Baby Bass and bass guitar with the Calgary Latin Orchestra led by Juno award nominated pianist Esteban Herrera.

Rob’s London West End work includes; Chicago, Phantom of the Opera, Avenue Q, Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Secret Garden, Kiss Me Kate, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Urinetown, Damsels in Distress, Sinatra, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and The Last Tango. Since relocating to Calgary, Rob’s theatre work has included several projects for Stage West Calgary. Rob has also performed with both symphony and chamber orchestras in the UK, Spain, and Canada.

Recording credits include multiple orchestral, Jazz and Pop and Latin recording sessions for film, television and commercials. Contracts included work for BBC Films, Miramax, BBC Television and Radio, Nike and Stella Artois in London UK.

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Interview with Rob Hutchinson

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

  2. A: In August 2022 I played bass on an album by Esteban Herrera entitled "Colibri de Papel". Really great original music in the Latin Jazz and Pop styles. Available on all platforms Oct 14 2022.

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

  4. A: Anything from jingles, library music, advertisements, backing tracks, to full albums.

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

  6. A: After discussing what the client is wanting, and having listened to the provided track, I will record a couple of takes and send these to the client for approval. We can then discuss any changes needed.

  7. Q: How would you describe your style?

  8. A: I am influenced by jazz, funk and soul as well as orchestral music.

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

  10. A: There is no way I could pick just one!

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

  12. A: Jazz, Latin Jazz, Salsa, chamber orchestra.

  13. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  14. A: My versatility and commitment to playing each style authentically.

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

  16. A: As a bassist I do my best to choose the correct instrument, sound, feel and groove for a given song.

  17. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  18. A: I have a number of large and medium diaphragm condensers, as well as dynamic microphones. I have a few different DI boxes, speaker cabinet and amplifier configurations as well. I use Logic X when recording, as well as Yamaha monitors and headphones when listening back and mixing.

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

  20. A: I am inspired by anyone who does their craft well.

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

  22. A: This month I am getting ready to do an album launch of Latin Jazz music, and am getting ready to head into Bell Studios here in Calgary to record with another artist.

  23. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  24. A: My friend and excellent percussion playing colleague Matt Hodge.

  25. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  26. A: It all depends on the wishes of the client and their vision for their project.

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

  28. A: I will deliver high quality professional double bass and electric bass playing on time and on budget. I am very responsive through email, text and phone.

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

  30. A: Using my creativity and musicianship to serve the music.

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

  32. A: What is your budget and when do you need it?

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

  34. A: Look at the credentials, pedigree and experience of the musician.

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

  36. A: I would take my 2 hand carved double basses, my Ampeg Baby Bass, my 1977 Jazz Bass, and Eden Amp.

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

  38. A: I have been playing professionally for 28 years. I started as a bass guitarist, and ended up going to school as a classical double bassist. All of my training is as a classical player. I ended up working in London West End theatre pits as a doubler on upright and electric due to my broad skill set. I continue to do a wide range of work from chamber music, to Jazz and many types of Latin music.

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Esteban Herrera

I was the bassist in this production

Terms Of Service

Revisions can be discussed based on turn around time. Turn around time 2-5 days depending on number of tracks. Please contact for pricing. Cost depends on time commitment. I'm very reasonable!

Gear Highlights
  • 5 string Jazz bass
  • 1977 Jazz bass
  • 1973 Precision bass
  • Ampeg baby bass
  • 3 double basses set up for Jazz and classical playing.
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