Brandon Meeks

Electric Bass/Upright Bass

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I've played bass over 1,000 independent recordings and can be seeing playing bass with Don Cheadle in the movie Miles Ahead.

I am an expert in jazz, hip hop and soul music. If you need someone who can record bass guitar or upright bass in these genres I'm ready to work with you. I have been playing bass professionally for over 15 years and will do justice to your music. Some of my influences and inspiration include great bass players such as James Jamerson, Raphael Saadiq, Pino Palladino, Marcus Miller, Derrick Hodge and Thundercat.

In my time as a session musician I've worked on over 1,000 songs for various independent artists and producers and gotten overwhelming positive reviews and 5 star ratings. Contact me today. I'd love to know about your songs so we can get started. Here's how I will help you get your songs done:

- Fast turnaround (normally within 3 business days)

- Ability to play your music with feeling

- I listen and take direction well

- Very detail-oriented and will play your bass or guitar part correctly

Send me a note through the contact button above.

130 Reviews - 32 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Bav
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    Impressively quick turnaround and delivered 3 incredible bass parts of really high quality. Brandon is a fantastic bassist who will elevate your project.

  2. Review by MusicMan
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    Brandon completed the project perfectly at the first attempt. A great musician. Thank you very much!

  3. Review by Akin O.
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    What an amazing contribution from Brandon on this record!! Gave it just what it needed! Really captured the mood and spirit of the record. Highly recommended!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  4. Review by Anne F.
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    Fantastic! What a pleasure to work with Brandon. He is excellent. He is very professional, and the three tracks he sent me are full of surprises, groove, and feeling. I'll be back!

  5. Review by K-laz
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    True talent, absolutely killed the track! Awesome guy, friendly and a pleasure to work with. I will be back for sure!

  6. Review by Nicholas S.
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    Brandon produced the tracks in a very timely and professional fashion, and gave me three options to choose from. Easy to work with, and I am sure I will use him again.

  7. Review by Zahari M.
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    Fantastic! Brandon is the man! Easy to work with, quick, addressed my comments quickly. Helped me on a Jazz Funk/Disco track and gave me a Bernard Edwards vibe! Recommend.

  8. Review by Summer
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    Brandon tracked some top-notch bass lines (with variations to boot!) and I could not be happier with the result. I highly recommend him and will definitely be reaching out to work again soon!

  9. Review by Lo Bellver
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    Brandon has some serious skills!!! He did an outstanding job!

  10. Review by Elias A.
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    Brandon was great to work with. I sent him a track with a sample bass part I had made in midi and he made it come alive in exactly the way I was imagining, with all the vocabulary and technique you'd expect from a great bass player in a funk/disco situation. I'm sure he would slay any style you sent at him. I'll be calling him again!

  11. Review by Valentin D.
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    Great feel for the groove and every note is played precisely. Fast delivery with great variations. Thank you very much!

  12. Review by Michael S.
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    We just wrapped our album with Brandon and I can't wait to make more songs just so we can work again!

  13. Review by TJ Novak
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    Brandon is super communicative & wonderful to work with! His playing is so tasteful and has great feel. Would definitely recommend and would 10/10 work with Brandon again.

  14. Review by Michael S.
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    I’m so happy we decided to work with Brandon for our album. What a pleasure. Magic bass.

  15. Review by Johnny Syn
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    It was an absolute pleasure working with Brandon. He communicated promptly and delivered fantastic bass tracks in very timely manner. Can't wait to work with him again.

  16. Review by Mike Slap
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    Great turnaround time and the tone and execution is always tops!

  17. Review by Mike Slap
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    Another smash. Brandon is relentlessly awesome.

  18. Review by Mike Slap
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    Brandon just keeps getting us killer results. Couldn't be happier!

  19. Review by adam
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    First time working with Brandon and he killed it! Immensely talented bass player! With a quick turn around. Total Pro. 5 stars!

  20. Review by Mike Slap
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    Brandon is a true professional as far as his craft and his communication. It was shockingly awesome to hear back our songs with his skillful playing. I won't work with anyone else now.

Interview with Brandon Meeks

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

  2. A: The biggest misconception about the work I do is that it's easy. This is understandable because professional musicians are supposed to make it look easy. Behind the scenes, to be a good session musician takes a high level of discipline even beyond that of a live performance musician.

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

  4. A: If I were on a dessert island I would just need an acoustic guitar unless somehow the island had electricity. Then I'd have my MacBook, a 25 key MIDI controller, an audio interface and my bass.

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

  6. A: When starting a new bass or guitar track, the first thing I do is listen carefully to the music and vibe to it. From there I'll grab my instrument and start jamming along to come up with ideas for my part. Once I have something that sounds cool I begin recording. After I have a take that I like, I listen to it a few times to make sure there are no mistakes. Then I'll record a couple more variations and finally I also look for spots that I can improve before sending it back to the client.

  7. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  8. A: I use Ableton Live with a MacBook Air. I have a Fender Road Worn 60's Jazz Bass that I record through a FocusRite Audio interface. I use this bass to get a really nice vintage bass sound. I also have a Sire Marcus Miller P7 5 String that I use for more modern contemporary sounds.

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

  10. A: A few musicians that inspire me the most are Stevie Wonder, Thundercat, Marcus Miller and J Dilla.

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

  12. A: I simultaneously released 2 original albums in October 2016. One is a straight-ahead jazz project and the other is instrumental hip hop. With both albums I handled the writing and production of all the music as well as art direction, design, marketing and release. The sense of accomplishment from putting these projects out on my own is one of the best feelings I've ever had.

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

  14. A: I currently produce a weekly broadcast on Facebook called Breakfast Beats. It's a virtual beat set featuring my lofi hip hop beats. I'm also producing tracks for my next lofi hip hop album.

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

  16. A: My promise is I will give you quality work that exceeds your expectations.

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

  18. A: The thing I like most about my job is that it's not a job. I love making music and it's just what I do. I most enjoy being able to provide for my family by pursuing my passion at the same time.

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

  20. A: Customers most often ask if I can play the particular style they are looking for. I always say yes even if it means I have to do a bit of research to get a handle on what the music needs.

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

  22. A: I usually ask for basic direction so I have an idea of the sound my client is going for.

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

  24. A: I've been playing bass professionally since around 2000. I started doing a gig here and there in college and as my network grew and I gradually built a base of support large enough to earn a full time income with music.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: My style is very soulful and rooted in the black gospel music and the blues. It's a combination of James Jamerson, Marcus Miller and Meshell Ndegeocello.

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

  28. A: I would love to work with Stevie Wonder. He has so much depth and was a major figure in one of the most important movements in American music. There is so much I could learn from him.

  29. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  30. A: Drums are everything. The key to having a good production is having a drum sound that is just right.

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

  32. A: I usually work on pop, hip hop and jazz music.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: My strongest skill is listening. I'm able to dissect the music I hear and understand what needs to played on my instrument and how to make it interact with the other sounds that are happening.

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

  36. A: I bring personality to everything I record. I play with a lot of conviction and I intend for my playing to inspire an emotional response in the listener.

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

  38. A: I mostly record bass tracks for my clients. Many times people will allow me to compose an original bass part for their music. I carefully study every song I receive in order to give the music just what it needs.

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GenresSounds Like
  • Marcus Miller
  • Pino Palladino
  • Robert Glasper Experiment
Gear Highlights
  • Fender Road Worn 60 Jazz Bass
  • Sire Marcus Miller P7 5 String Bass
  • Ableton Live
  • FocusRite Audio Interface
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