Bruce Balensiefer

Bassist, Producer, Beatmaker

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Versatile, educated musician-engineer-producer providing bass and guitar 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!

Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.

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

Terms Of Service

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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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