James Amelio Pulli

Bassist Fretted & Fretless

41 Reviews (39 Verified)
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Creating bass waves for over 35 years. Electric bass lines from subtle to extreme and everything in between! Metal, Hard Rock, Alternative. I am not a guitar player that is offering bass as well. There is a difference! I've played bass on many metal and hard rock albums, but I am equally passionate for playing to any quality projects.

My main credits are for metal and hard rock projects, I also have a passion for silky fluid fretless bass lines, and most other forms of rock, pop, and soul. I was recently inducted into the Metal Hall of Fame along with Twisted Sister, Lou Gram, and RAVEN. I have recorded over 11 albums with Chris Impellitteri who is known as one of the fastest guitarists in the world. Playing and recording with him has taught me how to anchor the arrangement as well as comping a fast riff along with the guitarist when called for. Being a member of his band has allowed me to play with artists like Graham Bonnett (Alcatraz, Rainbow), Vinnie Appice (Black Sabbath, DIO), Jon Dette (Slayer, Iced Earth, Anthrax), Patrick Johanson (WASP, Yngwie Malmsteen), Glen Sobel (Alice Cooper, Tony MacAlpine, Beautiful Creatures), Simon Wright (AC/DC, DIO), and more. I can give you something unique that stands out, or if you prefer, bass that is subtle and supportive. Listen to my examples and contact me to discuss your project TODAY.

Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

41 Reviews - 6 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Mikhail Nedelskiy

    It was really pleasure to work with James! Since the beginning of discussion James showed his professionalism and was really involved in cooperation on all stages.
    James offered a bunch of great tones to choose from and was really accurate in composition and recording - each note sounds cool and tasty and makes my track better! Thank you, James!

  2. Review by Reilly P.

    James is the best. I have used him several times now. Very technically proficient, which is what I need for my music. Even with his busy schedule, James was able to get it done and nailed it! I 100% recommend him!

  3. Review by Ian C. (a.k.a. Ayk Iano)

    My gratitude to James for another song where he's able to play an established bass line, but also provide a second track with his improvisations. It's always a pleasure to work with him!

  4. Review by Ian C. (a.k.a. Ayk Iano)

    James delivers quality work, whether you've got something specific you're looking for, or you'd like him to feel the groove and improvise.

    Having this versatility across genres is a plus for any project.

  5. Review by Marc B.

    Excellent work, as always !!!

  6. Review by Marc B.

    fantastic work !!! always a pleasure to work with James !

  7. Review by Dean L.

    James is a true pro; his bass work really pulled my tune together, and gave it serious substance and groove only; something only a good bassist can do. I look forward to working with James again and highly recommend him!

  8. Review by Marc B.

    Excellent work ! James is a genius on his instrument and a very kind person, it s always fun to work with him.

  9. Review by Marc B.

    James is a fantastic and world reknowned bassist, and he s always very friendly and delivers the goods ! I highly recommend this seller ! Thanks !

  10. Review by Anatoly F.

    James is a brilliant experienced musician who makes his work very throughly, creating powerful emotional bass tracks. His deep knowledge of different techniques makes the whole song really rich in sound. The communication is smooth and friendly. I really appreciate working with James.

  11. Review by Khaled A.

    James is an amazing and greatly talented bassist.
    This is in addition to his great personality. He accommodated our needs without hesitation. People like him make online music collaboration enjoyable!

  12. Review by Danny
    by Danny

    James has done it again- creative tracks and superb playing, will be going back to him with future projects!

  13. Review by Mike L.

    James gets it and inspired me with his bass riff! Thanks James...

  14. Review by Danny
    by Danny

    totally knows how to step it back where needed in a tune- very clean results and quick response!

  15. Review by Reilly P.

    James did an awesome job! I had a pretty complex track that required a virtuostic bass player, and knew James would be the perfect fit. Despite my lack of knowledge when it comes to charting, James was able to figure out what I wrote and nailed it! I highly recommend James!

  16. Review by Anne F.

    It was a great experience to work with James. He is a very good bassist, fast, efficient and kind. I wanted a powerful bass playing, and now I have it !
    I'll come back.

  17. Review by Danny
    by Danny

    Stellar results, James totally brings out the best in each track, looking forward to more!

  18. Review by Danny
    by Danny

    superior results, looking forward to more projects!

  19. Review by Danny
    by Danny

    top notch quality, easy to work with, very impressed!!

  20. Review by Ian C.
    by Ian C.

    James is a skilled bass player, especially for rock. He is also able to follow a long list of instructions during the revision process, and pays attention to detail. I am pleased to have worked with him!

Interview with James Amelio Pulli

  1. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  2. A: I've done both in audio and also in photography. The ease of digital out ways the cumbersome properties of analogue in this day and age.

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

  4. A: I started recording bass in 1984 and that answer has always been the same. When you record something, it has the potential to be listened to for hundreds of years. One of the answers I love hearing from artists that make hits is, "did you know when you were recording, that this would be a huge hit?". The answer is usually NO! They were just playing what they love and believe, and history handled the rest. I love recording bass to songs that I believe I can benefit, and let history do the rest!

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

  6. A: They mostly ask if I am interested in lending my talents to their project. I have never turned down a recording project for bass. That is because I know that I can produce something in my head that would benefit the song, and I can always transfer that idea into a file for them to hear. At that time, it is up to them to let me know if it fits or not. I can always make multiple takes with different ideas as long as the artist and I have good communication. As my profile reads... you don't pay for it unless you love it!

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

  8. A: I may be pigeon-holed as a metal player. Metal is surely in my soul, but that's like saying "he only likes Italian food"! I love ALL styles of music and I am inspired by good music in general.

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

  10. A: I like to hear if they have a certain "mood" for the bass in mind? They can give me examples like "I hear McCartney" or "take the rhythm to a different level" or even "just play what's in the demo". These are all good suggestions and tell me what the artist will be most happiest with.

  11. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  12. A: For bass I have two approaches. For hard rock and most other popular type recordings (rock, blues, jazz, etc) I plug my old Fender P-Bass into one of my three Great River pre's, then into the Apogee Ensemble, and along into Logic. This setup give me and the client anything they want to pull out for the bass. You will get thunder on the bottom end, plenty of "clank" to cut through, and lots of presence. For fast punchy metal, I use my Specter through a cranked up Ampeg SVT (think of the bass on the Operation Mindcrime album by Queensryche). I have two different heads and three different cabs that give me quite an arsenal of sound. I like to give metal clients three tracks; direct, live amp when appropriate, and a SansAmp track with lots of distortion. Between those three tracks you have a lot to work with.

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

  14. A: I promise to give you a track that exceeds your expectations or you don't pay for it.

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

  16. A: Try to communicate exactly what you expect from the beginning, if you have a clear vision for the completed song. If you are open to it, let the musicians be inspired by what you give them.

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

  18. A: My toothbrush, my 66 P-Bass, my 67 German Cosmotone Classical guitar, my Rob Allen fretless semihollowbody bass, and pad and pencil (counts as one?). My optimism compels me to keep writing and practicing until I am found and rescued.

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

  20. A: Started playing bass in 1977 to the Who, Black Sabbath, Genesis, Rolling Stones, Rush, and many others in cover bands. My band "Harlequin" wrote a rock opera and performed it in the high school auditorium in 1981 in Easton, Pennsylvania. I was learning bass lines from vinyl records at an early age. I could always pick out the nuance, and not just the notes from players like John Entwistle, Geezer Butler, Gary Thain, and Geddy Lee early on. I attended Musicians Institute in 1984 in Hollywood where I learned to love the passion in other types of music. I discovered that recording was just as rewarding as playing live to me. The fact that I was playing something that might be heard forever made me cherish every bar.

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

  22. A: Pete Townsend for always being a relevant song writer. Mick Box to remind me how explosive the 70's were. David Gilmore for always leaving room for the other instruments.

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

  24. A: Metal, bluesy rock, hard rock, smooth jazz, pop.

  25. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  26. A: As a man, I'm best at lawn care and vehicle maintenance. As a musician, I'm best at being meticulous and creative in equal amounts. I am strongest at playing bass with the passion of the 70's, with the precision that modern day recording requires.

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

  28. A: Sometimes you do not want to hear the bass track. What I mean is, you only notice that it's not there sometimes. If the tune calls for that, then that's what is best. Sometimes the song calls for a blistering guitar/bass riff that commands attention. I guess I would want to think that I bring flexibility to a song WRITER.

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

  30. A: I listen to the client's track and come up with a few ideas in my head. At that point, I usually have discussed what they expect and get to work on a scratch track. Sometimes it's best to tell me what you expect the bass to be like, but be open to letting me come up with something unexpected. I've found that the best recordings are when I'm left to just let the tracks inspire something unexpected. But I'm always ready to hear what the client wants, and give my best interpretation. Then I get to work on a scratch track and deliver as quickly as possible. Once I get feedback from the client, I will make changes as needed and deliver a finished file.

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

  32. A: Musically on bass, (for the heavy stuff) I get my inspiration from Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath, Gary Thain from early Uriah Heep, and John Entwistle of the WHO. For fretless and all around great playing, I look to Pino Palladino. Since I also play classical and acoustic guitar, I get inspiration from Ottmar Liebert for both playing technique and writing. Chris Whitley and Hank Williams for reminding me that you have to live your songs and their lyrics to be believed.

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

  34. A: I've been mostly recording bass tracks for metal and hard rock for the last 25 years. When I have my own time in the studio though, I record my own music which is much more mellow, dynamic, and organic. Usually I get completed drum tracks along with scratch or final guitar. Sometimes scratch vocals as well (which I prefer so I can get the general vibe of the tune).

1-Face The Enemy Impellitteri 2015. 2-Battle Song, Amoriello 2018. 3-Wade In The Water cover. 4-Late Avenue, Wes Styles 2018. 5-Holding On, Impellitteri 2015. 6-Phantom Of The Opera, Jim Andrews 2018. 7-Sunset Grill cover. 8-Late Avenue, Wes Styles.

I was the Bassist in this production

GenresSounds Like
  • Geezer Butler
  • John Entwistle
  • Pino Palladino
Gear Highlights
  • Fender Precision and Jazz Bass
  • Spector NS2A
  • Rob Allen fretless
  • 1984 Pedulla Buzz fretless
  • Ampeg and GK amps
  • Apogee Ensemble
  • Logic
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  • My recent interview for National Association for Music EducationMay 25, 2022

    Hello fellow musicians and clients! I recently completed an interview for the National Association for Music Education that outlines my thoughts on being a bass player, and some great tips for the young musicians. I personally that it's important to nurture the young musicians in order to sustain live playing! Check out the interview here:  https://nafme.org/what-about-electric-bass/