Hi, I'm a versatile bassist and multi-instrumentalist for any genre including Rock, Pop, Funk, Hip-Hop, R&B, Electronic, even Country or Reggae. From low roots, to funky slap lines, to Motown-esque or Synth bass. I specialize in arranging, strings, production, writing, and composing : Keyboards, Guitar, Drums, Upright Bass, Rock Vocals.
Recent USC Thornton Music grad, available for your bass guitar needs, composing, and arranging. Classically trained, and studied with Alphonso Johnson of Weather Report, Bob Weir (Grateful Dead), Santana. Also studied Composition and Arranging with Neal Desby, who also teaches Flea of RHCP, Mike Einziger of Incubus, Frank Ocean. I've held Principal bass positions with the Phoenix Youth Symphony, been a member of National Youth Symphony, studied upright bass with Barry Olson, former Phoenix Symphony Principal Bassist. Also studied electric bass with Ray Riendeau who has recorded and toured with Rob Halford of Judas Priest, and James LaBrie of Dream Theatre. Also, close mentorship from Patrice Rushen. Played in numerous rock bands throughout college and highschool, performing at most of the famous LA rock clubs : the Troubadour, the Echo, the Bardot, Silverlake Lounge, Whisky-a-Gogo, the Bootleg, etc. Looking forward to collaborating.
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What a great artist! A blast to work with, and incredible music! I would absolutely recommend working with Carson if you get the chance. I hope to be working together again soon!
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Working with Carson has been a very pleasant experience. This basist is extremely talented and professional! If you are looking for a session basist, this is the ideal man. His compositions are original and rich.
Interview with Carson Rohde
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Currently, I'm working on songs for my bands new album, in which I sing, write, play synths and bass guitar. Just got done with a week long country/blues recording session on which I played electric bass and acoustic upright bass. Doing some pre-production work now for my friend's punk band, which I will be recording and producing their next EP.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Lewis Robertson of Owl Cove Studios mixed some songs for me and did a fantastic job. Michael Arrom is a wizard doctor keyboard player I went to college with, incredible player. Marco is a great mastering engineer
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I feel that its easy to say Analog these days, especially for the cool factor. And I agree for the most part. There is a warmness in analog that can't be replicated by digital. However, having digital DAWs and computers has completely revolutionized the way we can edit and record music on the fly in, anywhere in any room, send things across the internet, have a full studio inside a laptop etc. Even if I create music all on a computer, I am running many parts trhough analog synthesizers and rack mount gear in the mixing stage as much as possible for that analog sound. But its still all being collected through digital DAWs at the end of the day.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That I will give you a finished product that you are compeltely satisfied with. We will "rinse and repeat" until we get there.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Creating cool grooves and new songs, continuously practicing and honing the craft of music. There is always something to learn. Making connections with people is paramount to the music world, its what the whole thing is about! Music -making communities strive from building connections and networks, the sharing of information and furthering our own collective understanding. As well as does the musician to listener relationship. Its all about the ties to people and sharing energy between them.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can you slappa' da bass? Yes, indeed
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What style of bass line are you imagining? Do you have a specific riff in mind? Do you have charts / sheet music? Or do you want to give me free reign to create something fresh? What bands and artists do you like?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Make sure your song is ready to go for the most part before sending it over. It doesn't have to be the final guitars, vocals, synths, mix, etc. But it should contain the final drums in most cases. The song structure should be complete too. A demo track that is closest to the final imagined version will help me the most in developing my bass part, and developing a vision that is closely aligned with yours.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Fender Jazz Bass Les Paul Moog Sub 37 Sm57 Upright bass
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Started out as a working bassist, now expanding into producing, songwriting, singing, synths, etc.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Many times when you are stuck on an idea, go create something new. Reversely, the energy of a new creation will wash away and help tie together that other idea. Less is more. It clears the way.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Creating a bass line that is exciting and full of life, knows its time for attention, and the time to give a solid bottom lining of support.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Play along with the song 2-3 times until I land on a groove I like and get the song under my skin Record a sample bass line, rinse and repeat. These are run trhough my full bass rig to test tones as well.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Ampeg SVT-4 PRO Bass Amp head SWR 4x10 Bass Cab AKG Bass Mic Black Lion Audio DI and Pre-Amp Focusrite 8i16 Akg 414 Sm58s Akg Small mic thingies Protools, Logic, Ableton Moog Sub Phatty Roland Juno 106 Roland Juno - G Novation Bass Station Prophet
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: James Jamerson, Paul McCartney, Trent Reznor, St. Vincent, MGMT, Kevin Parker, David Bowie, Les Claypool, Prince, RHCP,
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Bass is the butter that melds all parts of the song together. It is often thought of as elementary and shoved to the back, but a great bass performance can make or break a song. People crave the bass frequencies hitting their bodies as they go to live concerts and festivals.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Funk driven, classical composition tendencies, with rock asthetic.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Vince Staples, St. Vincent, MGMT, or Lady Gaga. Vince Staples' music excites me, expescially the BIG Fish Theory album which mixed rap and classic House music in a very cool way. He seems to be a rapper that would do well with mixing genres, but most of all I like his attitude and his character within the rap game today.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: My main love is Rock, but also have a huge itch for tha Funk. Been doing many Country and Blues gigs lately, especially out here in Arizona. Played lots of HipHop/Rap bass gigs as well, more so in LA. I'm very versataile with just about every genre: Pop, Hard Rock, Indie, Latin, etc.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: My bass lines bring the extra touch of melodic and root level support, with intersting and fun grooves that shine out, but don't take away or distract from the song and artist.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Typically, I will create a bass line and groove that is in sync and related to the other instrumental and vocal parts in the song. An online session would consist of you sending me the song and possibly a chord chart (if available) so I can spend a little time with the song to be able to improvise over it a few times until I come up with a groove I feel confident with. Usually takes about 3-5 run throughs for me. From there, I will send a first draft of the bass line I created, recorded though an Ampeg STV-4 Pro stack with an SKB 4x10 cab, sent to Pro Tools or Logic from a Black Lion DI. This way you will have an idea of the composition of the bass line, and the overall tone and sound I'm going for. Next, we take some notes, rinse and repeat until we are both satisfied.