Bruce Balensiefer

Bassist, Producer, Beatmaker

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Versatile, educated musician-engineer-producer providing bass parts, mixing, and work-for-hire recordings

Hi I'm Bruce. I am a bassist, guitarist, engineer and producer with a bachelor's in Music Engineering Technology and formal training in Jazz performance and arrangement. I've played bass for fifteen years and engineered for about ten.

I specialize in electronic production and modern direct/digital recording techniques with modern "in-the-box" mixing. I am comfortable working in the styles of rock, jazz, blues, R&B, hop-hop, and recently, electronic genres. I enjoy making highly dynamic productions with lots of emotional range and the occasional catchy hook.

I offer bass tracks and parts as well as full instrumental works-for-hire and beats for songwriters or emcees. I also do light or simple guitar work. Specialties include standards and recreating the sound of popular songs of the 80s or 90s.

I am offering reasonable rates to build my portfolio and gather positive reviews!

I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.

Interview with Bruce Balensiefer

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

  2. A: Demo production, bass tracks, mixing

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

  4. A: Rock, metal, jazz/blues, and electronic styles like EDM and synthwave

  5. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  6. A: Versatility. I enjoy making a jazz recording or blues recording or a metal track or something more electronic all the same.

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

  8. A: I arranged, produced, mixed, and played on a cover of "Son of a Preacher Man" with a full staff of musicians in the studio, then published it on a compilation album alongside other local artists' tracks.

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

  10. A: Synthwave songs and covers

  11. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  12. A: Digital. As a multi-genre musician, I'm hooked on the versatility and convenience of having thousands of instruments and effects in one box- and they sound pretty good now too!

  13. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  14. A: Have as clear a vision of your project as possible and be clear about the requirements and acceptance criteria- or be willing to let the provider bring as much of that themselves as is necessary.

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

  16. A: Acoustic guitar, double bass, piano, alto saxophone, and a cocktail kit. The Island Jazz band is born.

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

  18. A: I attended university for a degree in Music Engineering and Computer Science. I worked in the tech world for a number of years while continuing to practice and produce music on the side. I self-release singles and collaborate with friends on new tracks and remixes. I am now shifting my focus back to music production and freelancing opportunities.

  19. Q: How would you describe your style?

  20. A: Strong fundamentals of jazz, blues, rock, and R&B supporting an interest in more experimental styles of hard rock and electronic music

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

  22. A: Imogen Heap. She has an amazing sense of play, discovery, and innovation in music and technology.

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

  24. A: Go easy on the compression! The loudness wars have gone on long enough.

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

  26. A: The producer's mindset: A willingness to serve the project rather than my own ego as an instrumentalist or composer.

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

  28. A: Receive files from the client via Dropbox, communicate here on platform or Slack, deliver also to Dropbox

  29. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  30. A: I have a compact, simple, but modern recording setup: A fast Focusrite Clarett interface, Live 10 running on Windows 10, JBL monitors, a 48-key keyboard, and a load of good plugins. For instruments, there are a Warwick bass, a Carvin bass, and Ibanez 6- and 7-string guitars with digital modeling amps and plugins for the guitars and synth effects for the bass.

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

  32. A: The Contortionist, Tesseract, Tower of Power, Rick Rubin, Jon Brion, Prince, Bassnectar, and more

Girls of Summer (cover)

I was the Engineer, Producer, Instrumentalist in this production

Terms Of Service

One additional revision allowed, three-day turn-around for a single

GenresSounds Like
  • Nine Inch Nails
  • Blockhead
  • Blackmill
Gear Highlights
  • Focusrite Clarett audio interface
  • Ableton Live
  • Warwick bass
  • Carvin 5-string bass
  • Synth effects
  • Ibanez 6- and 7-string guitars
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