Amsterdam based afro, funk & soul groove specialist. My goal is making your song as danceable and groovy as possible. Because in the end it has to be for both: the ear and the booty.
I'm an Amsterdam based electric bass player specialised in finger- and plectrum-style bass playing. I like to create grooves that are both catchy & creative, but always as funky and dance-able as possible. I do play slap bass, but for slap-only material I'd refer you to a specialist. My main focus goes out to afro(beat), funk, & soul, but I also love to incorporate these kind of grooves in other styles and genres. I always focus on getting the right tone for a song's sonic palette and then create a bass line that supports the song and the artist's vision. I'm also available for the recording of pre-composed bass lines which I prefer to figure out by ear (instead of sheet music). If I doubt that I can nail the track that you sent me, I will always let you know.
I have played >200 liveshows around Europe with my band Zitakula and worked on numerous studio recordings and commercials. Next to my bass playing I'm the music & sound supervisor at Good Sounds, Amsterdam. We are a music production company specialising in making music for picture.
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4 ReviewsEndorse Pieter (Pete) Wolter
This was my first time working with Pete and I'm very pleased at the outcome - Pete has a great ear and, after I selected him to perform bass on my song, he was able to grasp the melodic bassline I wrote with ease. Prompt in delivery and an excellent communicator.
Everything worked out great.
A great bass player.
I will continue to work with him in the future.
Pete did an awesome job listening to me and working with me to get what I wanted and his bass playing is impeccable! Thank you Pete!
Pieter is our producer at Good Sounds. He's a steady, funky and tight bass player. Good to work with.
Interview with Pieter (Pete) Wolter
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: As a 14 year old kid I started out on guitar, which was my main instrument for a long time. I used to play alone most of the time, so I had to entertain myself. This is the reason I developed my improvisation skills on this instrument. Eventually I started playing bass as well, which became my main instrument quickly. I still like improvising and creating basslines from scratch and on the fly. So my answer would be that I bring improvisational creativity and melodic skills to a track.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I'm particularly proud of the bassline I created for the Spargo vs Jazzi Bobbi - You & Me remix that I worked on with Good Sounds. Spargo has had a huge world hit with You & Me in the 80's and I remember the track very well from my early youth in the '90's. It's just party of the Dutch musical legacy. It was an honour to be involved musically in this track.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Improvisation and listening to the dynamics of a groove. Funky timing and making things danceable.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work with the following equipment: Recording: Logic Pro X with an Apogee Duet audio interface. Amp: Glockenklang Steamhammer (equipped with a high quality DI). Cabinets: Glockenklan 1x15, 2x10 & Zilla 1x12. Bass guitars: Musicman Cutlass (provides P-Bass style tones). Hofner 187 (provides everything in the range of classic soul to pounding lows, very vintage sounding). Pedals: among others, I own a Moog Drive, Zvex Mastotron, MXR Octaver, MXR Envelope filter and a Sadowsky Bass Preamp to shape the tones.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: My big bass hero is Pino Palladino. I just love his playing style and timing. In my opinion he's the hardest grooving man alive. In general I'm inspired by people that have left a musical legacy and seemed to live for one thing: making great music. Someone like Quincy Jones, but also a legend like Charles Aznavour is a great example.