Soul, feel and pocket first ! My goal is always to under promise and over deliver! I am based in Southern CA, and for many years I have been asked to play bass for many, many artists in varying styles. I am very sensitive to the vibe of the music and I generally let the song tell me what to play.
1.) CONTACT ME ! Tell me about your project, and what you would like. I'm all about getting to know what you're looking for. If I am not familiar with the genre, I will refer you to a specialist.
2.) COLLABORATE ! Let's work together and get the part you want. Tell me how you want it or what's on your mind. When we're in a project together, I'm in your band for that time. If you have chord sheets, or any written music, great, if not, that's ok too.
I use very high quality gear in my studio. Avalon U5 preamp, Phil Jones miked amp, and Darkglass preamps, Ken Smith/Stephen Sukop/Fender Jazz, (all 5 string fretted and fretless'). I also use a Hofner 4 string "Beatle Bass" on some retro things. I am fanatical about things like tone, note length, and listening.
I'm usually noted for a very clean, even tone and my creativity. I've worked with a great many wonderful artists and musicians on many projects from New York, Nashville and Los Angeles, and musicians/artists from all over the world.
My day to day work includes doing this right here, going around to studios live in person and playing live. I also perform a fair amount of "ghost sessions", where I am asked to record bass for many people you may have heard of.
Check out my samples and reviews of previous work and feel free to contact me today !
I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.
36 Reviews - 3 Repeat ClientsEndorse Mark Corradetti
Excellent musician, sweet sound and a great sense of humor.
Mark was great to work with, not afraid to work hard. He sent me the entire track with different basses for me to choose from. Efficient, nice guy and most importantly great bassist! Highly reccomended!
Mark will not stop working until you're happy. I really respect this man, he is a true professional. Can't wait to work with him again.
His base took my music to the next level.
I hope to continue working with Mark.
Mark is a super easy to work with and committed to giving the best performance possible.
Mark went above and beyond to play some great bass, for what turned out to be a hard track for me to finish. I highly recommend him - maximum effort and a brilliant result!
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Mark was so easy to work with! I love the funky groove nature of his music and hope to do more work with him! All around, a great experience!
I approached Mark to get some bass guitar tracks done for a project I was doing and from now on, he's 100% my go-to bass guitar man!
He turned the tracks around in no time at all. He has impeccable taste when it comes to tone, pays great attention to detail, and is also a really nice guy.
Mark really helped make my bass line better. Loved his help.
The man works his ass off for sure. Looking forward to doing more with him.
Real solid bass player. Timing is spot on and bass is recorded through quality gear. Willing to do extra takes until you're satisfied. I recommend and will likely hire again. Thanks!
Great work, great communication, A+ job!!! Will be working with Mark again very soon.
Mark was easy to work with and did a great job!
Mark's bass sounds fantastic. He has such a great sense of rhythm and feel. He was prompt and professional and a pleasure to deal with.
xlnt bass player. Very tasty licks.
Mark is excellent bass guitar player, he is able to provide many great tracks of bass idea for me to select the one that i preferred. He is very professional and also easy to communicate. I can't wait to start a new song and ask him to help me agin ! A++++ Thank you Mark !
Mark is an amazing professional, with great ideas and a dead on sense of timing. Great work!
Mark is awesome!! He is so talented, so patient and easy to work with. I love what he contributed to my song and his bass tracks are amazing. I highly recommend working with him, you will not be disappointed.
Great bassist and wonderful bass lines and musicianship! Mark was able to work with a track I had badly recorded and with timing issues and he made it sound great! Fast turn around time and friendly
Mark is always a pleasure to work with, he consistently provides imaginative and exceptional bass parts! Highly recommended.
Great imagination and a solid player. I will use him again
Mark delivered the goods, once again! Always a pleasure to work with.
Mark is an outstanding bass player and a real pleasure to deal with. He was open to suggested changes and delivered quickly to a very high standard. Will definitely be using him as a regular. Can't recommend him enough.
Mark was super enthusiastic and it was great working with him. He made himself a team player rather than a hired gun and it shows in his work. I definitely recommend him as a session player.
Mark was a pleasure to work with. He was super friendly all the way, and was able to provide a high quality bass track that perfectly matched the song with extremely little guidance.
Thanks a lot Mark!
Mark did a real nice job on the bass track for my tune. He's great to work with.
Mark records fantastic bass tones and has an eagerness to get your bass lines perfect.
Great guy who will not stop till he gives you what you exactly want
Mark provided a prompt professional service. His style and skill truly impressed me. Highly recommended and I will continue to hire him.
Was a pleasure to work with, Mark is professional. Throughout the project communication was never an issue as he always stayed in contact. The bass lines he delivered stayed true to the spirit of the music and he even furnished variations for me to choose from.
Im a music producer From Algeria and i worked on many genres of music and with many artists. when i knew Mark i was just surprised of what he can do with his Hight skills as a bassist the notes are played perfectly and well synchronised and also he is a respectable man.Im honored to work with Mark the boss of the bassists.Cheers Waheb.
I'm music producer in south korea. Working music industry over 15 years. this guy, Mark is amazing. All the note is fit perfectly and rock solid. He not only very nice bass player but also He has a perfect attitude to make good music. I'm really happy to cooperate with him. I will be with him on my every music work.
I recruited Mark to play bass on a full-length release that is still in production. I also entrusted him with picking a drummer for the project, which was a huge leap in trust for me. I flew them out to record at Hyde Street Studios. The results were stunning and more than justified the expense. Mark's sound and technique are amazing.
Mark has worked with me for many months for my group Counting Clouds and always delivers excellent and perfect bass sounds for our music, every time.
In my eyes by far the best bass player on this website.
GoFish Records Europe
Existence Music Group Inc. Canada
Working a great Rock Track on Bass and Mark did an amazing job! Totally gave what we were looking for and I highly recommend him for your projects. Great personality and Bass tone. You'll be more than happy with the results.
Interview with Mark Corradetti
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Right now I am based in Southern California working at Rose Lane Studios in various projects. I have a blues project from germany, a somewhat techno/chill project from France, and a dance track from Australia on my plate right now, a hip hop thing, and some jazz fusion as well. Also, some ongoing things. I'm always playing !
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Just be honest, and forthright. Do what you say you are going to do, when you say you are going to do it, and communicate !
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I think they both have their place. Nothing wrong with 2 inch tape with that great natural compression. Digital has become a standard, as it becomes easy to exchange tracks worldwide.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love to play and compose, and see people happy with the music. I get a charge out of hearing the final product !
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: I'd probably just bring suntan oil, and sunglasses.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: This has always been my career path. I've been doing this nonstop since I was 15 or so. Then Berklee, then the New York Metropolitan area, then the Nashville area, and now all over the place !
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: A recent project from Germany, one from France that were very good. I can't name names because I do not have their permission to do so at this time. Also, another interesting project from Korea, and I travel to Rose Lane Studios in California for work as well. Local projects in Nashville. In all cases, I play whatever I'm asked and give it my all.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: a clean, strong signal and sound goes a long way.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I play a great deal of pop and world music, which covers a lot of ground insofar as style. My role is usually in the rhythm section, so I am very concerned about being in sync with the drummer rhythmically, and playing the right notes to compliment the melody or vocal. It really depends on the piece of music. The music doesn't lie, ever..
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I'd say there are several. A great tone, and a great attitude go a long way whether in person, or remotely. I also have a knack for being able to get several ideas in several takes which gives the client/artist choices. Also, being able to read in between the lines of directions, and give more than what is asked.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I rely on my ears and formal/informal training mainly. After listening to a piece of music, I'll usually write a chart for the music as a roadmap. Then I'll try out different parts, and when I feel comfortable, I'll start playing takes. There really is no clear cut "one" way. Whatever it takes to get the right take.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My setup is mainly set up to load other peoples tracks and provide bass parts. I use Nuendo as my DAW, and record directly from an Avalon U5 into a Phil Jones Bass Buddy preamp, from a variety of basses, ( both fretted and fretless ), directly on my DAW. I have a large 33 inch screen.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Glenn Thomas from Iaudio out of Canada. he's a great engineer and does some fine work on mastering !
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My promise, is I always give it my best without fail. Everytime.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: They mainly ask if I have time. The answer is, I always have time to play !
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Can you earn a living from it ? The answer is yes, I do very well.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: what style is it, or what are you going for? Do you have any examples of a particular line, or may I have creative freedom?
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I am definitely flexible in that regard. I have a pop, rock and jazz background, and that has served me very well, translating to a variety of genres. But there are some things that are better left to other players. I am not well versed in certain things such as bluegrass, and some types of latin music, so there are definitely things that are better suited for other players other than me. I just take it project to project, and if I am not the guy, I say so.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Good question.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Personally, I come early and stay late. I bring an open mind, and enthusiasm to my bass parts. I want to provide great support and serve the song. I also bring a great signature sound, and inventive sounding parts.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I greatly admire all the greats, the knowns and not so knowns. Anybody that plays and/or records great music has got my vote.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I get called typically to provide a great clean tone, and an inventive bass part in the style that is at hand, to serve the particular song. Also, and this is a big one for many people...to not overplay !