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Andrea is one of the best bass player I with in my life.
He recorded the bass on my last album, where he put not only his experience but also his creativity. He is a high level professional, nice and good mannered person, so I suggest him 100%!
Here the album: https://open.spotify.com/album/3GpwbcOIWcUWrSm1c0qXUC
Interview with Andrea Cocilovo
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I played bass on a record with Simon Pillips and Eric Marienthal. I am very happy to have collaborated with two such amazing musicians. I also played for Mina, one of the most famous Italian singers for over 50 years
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise my clients that they won't have to do any editing work, my track will be clean and rhythmically checked. The customer can immediately have fun mixing it!
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: The only advice if possible, is to provide me with the drum track in a separate file, so that I can adjust the volume while recording. It is also useful to have some record references to listen to to understand what the customer is looking for.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started playing at the age of 3. I studied piano, guitar and electric bass. I started working as a bass player in 2008. I have played in several record productions, for advertising jingles (TV) and I teach in 3 music schools in the city of Milan.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: My typical work process starts with understanding of the need of the client. For example specifying the bass playing style they want, referring to famous songs or bass players. Tecnically I need specifications for the recording (16 / 24bit, 44100, 48000 etc.), then 3 kind of tracks, which must start with the same start point, to fully exclude syncro mistakes: - a drums track (and / or percussion) - a track with the song with no drums - a draft of the bassline (midi or audio) if you already have an idea or, otherwise, the music score Then I enjoy working with it :) I usually send my bass track in two different versions, one without any additional effect or equalization, one with my own EQ proposal. If necessary, I also send some alternatives to fill, to leave the customer the possibility of better editing
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Usually the client already has an idea of the bass line. If possible, I ask the client to send me his idea in order to work respecting his personal thoughts. If the idea is clear, I record my bassline and send it to the client for approval. If the idea is not defined, I send a proposal to the client and wait for feedback before proceeding to the final take
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Peter Erskine, Steve Smith, Jeff Porcaro, Steve Gadd, Tony Levin, Marcus Miller, Pino Palladino, Melvin Lee Davis, Rocco Prestia,
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring groove and rhythms, finding the best accompaniment and the bass' tone which can enrich the song.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Timing, groove and touch. One of my strengths is the effectiveness of the sound. I think the sound has to be nice, warm but defined.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, Soul, Funk, Electropop, Rock, R'nB
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I love Peter Gabriel and his music, because he has a lot of rhythm and sound searching. Lenny Kravitz for the groove and the energy of his music, Marc Cohn and James Taylor for the smoothy mood Joss Stone for her warm voice. And many others..
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: When I was young I studied drums and my approach to the bass guitar is very groovy. I love putting groove to the song, even if I don't like to overfill it with too notes: just the right ones.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: I surely would take a fender jazzbass, an amplifier, a plectrum, then an acoustic guitar and a cajon.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The thing that most I like is playing. And I like dealing with new and different things
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog! The sound is warmer, more natural and real, alive.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Software:Cubase // Motu (audio device) Basses: Spector coda 5 (jazzbass) / Fender precision bass 4 / Fender jazzbass 4 fretless / Fender jazzbass 4 maple / Fender jazzbass 5 / Amplifiers: Markbass momark 800W / Cabinet 4x10 Markbass / Tech 21 sansamp VTBASS DI / Effects: Brunetti taxi driver/ Multi Comp EBS Octaver / Chorus/ Adrenalinn (Roger Linn)/