Sean Hurley

Session Bassist

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Bass Player for John Mayer, Lana Del Rey, Lizzy McAlpine, Alanis Morissette, Lukas Graham, Jason Mraz, and many others.

I am an LA based session bass player. I've played on records by John Mayer, Lizzy McAlpine, Gwen Stefani, Jason Mraz, Lukas Graham, Colbie Caillat, Lady A, Lana Del Rey, Alanis Morissette, Ringo Starr, Robin Thicke, Idina Menzel, Vertical Horizon, Michael Buble', and many others. I have also played bass on many film scores and tv shows during my 23 years in the LA session scene.

I love working with artists and producers who are trying to bring their songs to life with live bass, whether it be simple pocket, McCartney-ish melodic, or Motown soul style playing. I 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.

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Credits

AllMusic verified credits for Sean Hurley
  • Mindi Abair
  • Mindi Abair
  • Jason Mraz
  • Benny Blanco
  • Paul Stanley
  • Paul Stanley's Soul Station
  • Paul Stanley
  • Paul Stanley's Soul Station
  • Engelbert Humperdinck
  • John Mayer
  • Daniel Powter
  • James McMurtry
  • Gracie Abrams
  • Morrissey
  • Morrissey
  • Lukas Graham
  • Heather Youmans
  • Louis Tomlinson
  • Morrissey
  • Céline Dion
  • Camila
  • The Shelters
  • Mijares
  • Stevie Nicks
  • Disturbed
  • Idina Menzel
  • Idina Menzel
  • Jason Mraz
  • Jason Mraz
  • Pete The Cat
  • Mijares
  • Shawn Mendes
  • The Night Game
  • Idina Menzel
  • Pitbull
  • Pitbull
  • Pitbull
  • Lady A
  • Lady A
  • Lana Del Rey
  • Jeremy Riddle
  • Nikka Costa
  • Gwen Stefani
  • Gwen Stefani
  • Yahir
  • James Patrick Morgan
  • Frankie Ballard
  • Idina Menzel
  • Liam Gerner
  • Liam Gerner
  • Liam Gerner
  • Lyle Workman
  • Michael Bublé
  • Clairy Browne
  • Leonard Cohen
  • Steve Grand
  • Steve Grand
  • Joshua Radin
  • Better Than Ezra
  • Trevor Hall
  • Selena Gomez
  • Selena Gomez
  • A Great Big World
  • Chris Jamison
  • Anastacia
  • Ricardo Arjona
  • Chris Jamison
  • 98°
  • 98°
  • 98°
  • 98°
  • Josh Groban
  • Josh Groban
  • T.I.
  • Robin Thicke
  • Pharrell Williams
  • Vertical Horizon
  • Vertical Horizon
  • Kris Kristofferson
  • Megan Hilty
  • Justin Young
  • Manika
  • M83
  • Anthony Gonzalez
  • Joseph Trapanese
  • M83
  • Anthony Gonzalez
  • Joseph Trapanese
  • John Mayer
  • Max Gomez
  • India.Arie
  • Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra
  • John Mayer
  • Colbie Caillat
  • Alanis Morissette
  • Jamie Hartman
  • Anastacia
  • Idina Menzel
  • Blush
  • Nathan Pacheco
  • Nathan Pacheco
  • Tak Matsumoto
  • Earl
  • Manika
  • Manika
  • Daniel Powter
  • Colbie Caillat
  • Rachael Yamagata
  • Mike Viola
  • Mike Viola
  • Mike Viola
  • Kate Voegele
  • Nicole Scherzinger
  • Nicole Scherzinger
  • Adam Cohen
  • Pitbull
  • Pitbull
  • Pitbull
  • Dia Frampton
  • Ian Axel
  • Ian Axel
  • Terra Naomi
  • Kimberly Caldwell
  • Brendan James
  • The Scene Aesthetic
  • Miley Cyrus
  • Josiah Leming
  • Crystal Bowersox
  • Melissa Etheridge
  • Uncle Kracker
  • Idina Menzel
  • Jason Castro
  • JLS
  • JLS
  • Guy Sebastian
  • Guy Sebastian
  • Michael Jackson
  • Michael Jackson
  • The Dance Party
  • Guy Sebastian
  • Katharine McPhee
  • Peter Andre
  • Peter Andre
  • Jason Castro
  • Cheryl
  • Cheryl Cole
  • Colbie Caillat
  • Vertical Horizon
  • El Sueño de Morfeo
  • Rob Thomas
  • Cassie Davis
  • Caitlin Crosby
  • Caitlin Crosby
  • Ashley Tisdale
  • Uncle Kracker
  • JLS
  • JLS
  • Allison Iraheta
  • Selena Gomez
  • Selena Gomez & the Scene
  • Selena Gomez
  • Selena Gomez & the Scene
  • Kris Allen
  • Guy Sebastian
  • Aaron Barnhart
  • Aaron Barnhart
  • Aaron Barnhart
  • Dean Martin
  • Tiffany Giardina
  • Tyrone Wells
  • Tyrone Wells
  • Samantha
  • Bethany Dillon
  • Natalie Warner
  • Natalie Warner
  • Jen Foster
  • Crosby Loggins
  • Crosby Loggins
  • Trevor Hall
  • Robin Danar
  • Jon Peter Lewis
  • Miley Cyrus
  • Miley Cyrus
  • Elisa
  • David Archuleta
  • David Archuleta
  • Echo Jet
  • Josh Hoge
  • Brett Dennen
  • Brett Dennen
  • Brett Dennen
  • Idina Menzel
  • Serena Ryder
  • Lenka
  • Lenka
  • Lenka
  • Ringo Starr
  • Ringo Starr
  • Ringo Starr
  • Marcus Miller
  • Theodore Shapiro
  • Theodore Shapiro
  • The Human Abstract
  • Erly Thornton
  • Natalia Lesz
  • Jordan Pruitt
  • Jordan Pruitt
  • Natasha Bedingfield
  • Robin Thicke
  • Robin Thicke
  • Stuart Davis
  • Kate Alexa
  • Kate Alexa
  • Arden Kaywin
  • Ryan Cabrera
  • William Fitzsimmons
  • Three Graces
  • Theodore Shapiro
  • Matt Wertz
  • B'z
  • Alicia Keys
  • Alicia Keys
  • Blake Lewis
  • Blake Lewis
  • Blake Lewis
  • Blake Lewis
  • The Smooth Jazz All Stars
  • George Stanford
  • Kirk Wheeler
  • Idina Menzel
  • Brittney Elizabeth
  • Guy Sebastian
  • Idina Menzel
  • Hannah Montana
  • Judith Owen
  • Judith Owen
  • Judith Owen
  • Judith Owen
  • Emmy Rossum
  • Pat Monahan
  • Robin Thicke
  • Trevor Thompson
  • Steve Bertrand
  • Ligabue
  • Ben Lee
  • Streetwize
  • Jamelia
  • Annie Lennox
  • Annie Lennox
  • Annie Lennox
  • Brad Callow
  • Jamelia
  • Bethany Dillon
  • Anouk
  • Katy Eggleton
  • Aly & AJ
  • Brooke Fraser
  • Brooke Fraser
  • Brooke Fraser
  • Josh Groban
  • Josh Groban
  • Josh Groban
  • Josh Groban
  • Guy Sebastian
  • Judith Owen
  • Judith Owen
  • Judith Owen
  • Will Young
  • Will Young
  • Paul Stanley
  • Paul Stanley
  • Paul Stanley
  • Jon Abel
  • Jon Abel
  • Jamelia
  • Ashley Parker Angel
  • Ashley Parker Angel
  • Ashley Parker Angel
  • Trevor Hall
  • Robin Thicke
  • Robin Thicke
  • Robin Thicke
  • Ilse DeLange
  • American Royal
  • Jamelia
  • Stuart Davis
  • Disney
  • Aly & AJ
  • Aly & AJ
  • Aly & AJ
  • Judith Owen
  • Judith Owen
  • Judith Owen
  • Luce
  • Anastacia
  • Liz Phair
  • Creede Williams
  • Chely Wright
  • Emma Roberts
  • Emma Roberts
  • Anastacia
  • Judith Owen
  • Jan A.P. Kaczmarek
  • JoJo
  • JoJo
  • Our Friend the Atom
  • Our Friend the Atom
  • Our Friend the Atom
  • Our Friend the Atom
  • Raven-Symoné
  • Judith Owen
  • Robin Thicke
  • Robin Thicke
  • Shark & Bear
  • Vertical Horizon
  • Vertical Horizon
  • Vertical Horizon
  • Justin Guarini
  • Maria
  • Cary Pierce
  • Cary Pierce
  • Sugarbomb
  • Mya
  • Vertical Horizon
  • Vertical Horizon
  • Kristin Cifelli
  • Mary Gauthier
  • Mark Curry
  • Arlo Guthrie
  • Arlo Guthrie
  • Pete Seeger
  • Arlo Guthrie
  • Pete Seeger
  • Arlo Guthrie
  • Arlo Guthrie
  • Arlo Guthrie
  • Sandoval
  • Axel Muñiz
  • Gracie Abrams
  • Mijares
  • Dan Godlin
  • Kaia Lana
  • Aubrey Wood
  • DJ Komori
  • Salma
  • Coréon Dú
  • Robyn Cage
  • Sitti
  • Idina Menzel
  • Idina Menzel
  • Jay Vaquer
  • Frankie Ballard
  • The Shelters
  • Borchardt
  • Antonio Orozco
  • Idina Menzel
  • Idina Menzel
  • Charlie
  • Sandoval
  • Emi Meyer
  • Emi Meyer
  • Claudia Koreck
  • Flintface
  • Love2move Music Workout
  • Idina Menzel
  • Charice
  • Charice
  • Charice
  • Charice
  • Audio Groove
  • Frankie Ballard
  • Morrissey
  • Frankie Ballard
  • Donna Missal
  • Donna Missal
  • Donna Missal
  • Michael Paynter
  • Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star
  • Salma
  • Brandy Clark
  • Idina Menzel
  • Cara Mentzel
  • The Sweet Remains
  • Sandoval
  • Mijares
  • Carlos Vara
  • Party Tyme Karaoke
  • Party Tyme Karaoke
  • Yahir
  • Helene Fischer
  • Cole Citrenbaum
  • Ry Cuming
  • Ry Cuming
  • Idina Menzel
  • Idina Menzel
  • Sandoval
  • Kaia Lana
  • Frankie Ballard
  • Silver Treason
  • Silver Treason
  • Silver Treason
  • Sean Hurley
  • Sean Hurley
  • A Bad Think
  • Josh Groban
  • Tim Cunningham
  • Yahir
  • Lex Land
  • Matthew Wolcott
  • Cindy Alexander
  • Cindy Alexander
  • Benny Blanco
  • Benny Blanco
  • Marshmello
  • Vance Joy

172 Reviews - 39 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Jonathan A.
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    Sean is my go to for solid bass lines. He always finds a way to compliment a song so well.

  2. Review by Antoine G.
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    Sean is really a great bassist, very professional, highly responsive, patient and lovely. He sent us many bass lines very quickly for one of our tracks, and we're thrilled. We will definitely reach out to him again if we need another killer bass line.

  3. Review by sherif K.
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    Always love working with Sean. His contribution to my songs are always priceless and he has become my go-to bassist for sure!

  4. Review by Sherif kabil
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    Sean has become my go to bassist. Whenever I need a bass recording I always go for Sean and I've never regretted that decision. He always goes an extra step to understand the song and he never fails to deliver incredible takes that match the emotion and character of the song.

  5. Review by Steve W.
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    Working with Sean was, as usual, a total pleasure. He gave me 5 different bass tracks to work with, all great. He is easy to communicate with and very prompt turning around projects. I can't recommend anyone as a bassist and musician higher.

  6. Review by Remy S.
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    Sean is absolutely incredible! Can't reccomend enough.

  7. Review by sherif K.
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    Sean never ceases to amaze me and always exceeds my expectations! He really gets the emotions right and man can he play!! Very professional, efficient and the quality of his work is incredible.

  8. Review by sherif K.
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    I’ve been very excited to work with Sean with for a long time because I know he’s one of the best and he certainly exceeded my expectations which I did not think was possible. Very talented and easy to work with and his bass lines are phenomenal! Cant wait to work with him again!

  9. Review by Jonathan A.
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    I love taking a song to Sean with a vision and it turning out perfectly.

  10. Review by Kane
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    THIS GUY IS A LEGEND. I literally contacted him about 12 hours ago and then he hit me up and sent over 6 crazy takes all with variations to perfectly fit the track.

    Cannot recommend enough wow. There's a reason he's worked with your favourite artists. Super friendly to work with as well!

  11. Review by Jon L.
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    It is always a great experience to have Sean play bass on a track. Aside from being a phenomenal musician with great taste, working with him is as easy as it gets. Several takes, pro playing & recording quality. If you want the best, hire Sean.

  12. Review by Matthew D.
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    Sean is one of the best I;ve worked with here. Full package! Incredible talent, listens well, and I love his process of sending multiple tracks to choose from off the bat. Will definitely use him again!

  13. Review by Hyunkyung K.
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    This is our 2nd project - Sean is not only an amazing bassist but also a professional artist. No Doubt ✅ Communication & Professionalism ✅ Creativity & Incomparable Sound ✅ We are lucky to have found him and to collaborate!

  14. Review by james g.
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    great taste, excellent options to choose from, respectful of my ideas but improving the track through meaningful contributions. having live cabinet with an excellent mic in a good room in addition to the DI was a nice upgrade.
    production value excellent, professionalism great- i'm very happy with sean and look forward to working with him again!

  15. Review by Joren M.
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    Collaborating with Sean was an absolute pleasure.

    Initially, I had written a bassline using MIDI instruments, aiming for a specific sound and groove. Recognizing the need for a more authentic, natural bass player's touch, I reached out to Sean to bring this piece to life. With a great understanding of what was required, Sean played and recorded the bassline with the genuine swing and dynamism we needed.

    For anyone in need of a talented bassist, I cannot recommend Sean Hurley highly enough.

  16. Review by Chris App
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    Sean was excellent to work with and provided five awesome versions of bass lines for my song for me to choose from. I absolutely recommend working with Sean!!

  17. Review by james
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    Awesome bass vibes from Sean. Top pro, excellent work as usual.

  18. Review by Richie H.
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    Sean is so awesome. Very responsive, easy to communicate with and delivered an amazing final product that really elevated our song. I look forward to working with him on future projects.

  19. Review by james
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    Awesome work as always from Sean.

  20. Review by Jessica Allossery
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    Sean was awesome! I was super impressed with his bass lines. He went above and beyond and provided 6 different takes right away. All 6 were perfect and I got to cut and paste which parts I wanted. Seamless delivery and quick and turnaround time. His playing style really elevated my song and I can't recommend him enough.

Interview with Sean Hurley

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

  2. A: Born and Raised. John Mayer recorded in 2011. Working with an artist who had a vision and drive.

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

  4. A: Finishing a new John Mayer record and many other songs for different artists.

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: Jake Reed and Darrell Thorpe. LA’s finest.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Always both. If it sounds great, it is great!

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

  10. A: I won’t give anything less than my best, no matter the budget.

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

  12. A: Being a creative support service for the creators.

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

  14. A: What’s John Mayer like to work with? 😂

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

  16. A: Born and Raised. John Mayer recorded in 2011. Working with an artist who had a vision and drive.

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

  18. A: Finishing a new John Mayer record and many other songs for different artists.

  19. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  20. A: Jake Reed and Darrell Thorpe. LA’s finest.

  21. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  22. A: Always both. If it sounds great, it is great!

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

  24. A: I won’t give anything less than my best, no matter the budget.

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

  26. A: Being a creative support service for the creators.

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

  28. A: What’s John Mayer like to work with? 😂

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

  30. A: It’s a subtle art. When it’s right there’s no question.

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

  32. A: What was your inspiration for your song?

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

  34. A: Let’s communicate and find out what you are wanting for your song.

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

  36. A: Vintage P bass, Noble DI, UA Apollo and my hands.

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

  38. A: I’ve been working with talented and amazing artists for 30 years!

  39. Q: How would you describe your style?

  40. A: Supportive and intuitive

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

  42. A: Artists with vision

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

  44. A: Let the ideas flow and capture them!

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

  46. A: Pop, Rock, Soul and beyond.

  47. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  48. A: Intuitive and creative bass playing for vocal songs.

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

  50. A: Creative and solid bass tracks for songs.

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

  52. A: Bass Tracking daily

  53. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  54. A: ProTools-Univeral Audio Apollo interface, vintage gear and modern workflow.

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

  56. A: Retro to Modern. Motown to Mayer to Lukas Graham

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

  58. A: Bass tracks for songs in all genres.

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

  60. A: It’s a subtle art. When it’s right there’s no question.

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

  62. A: What was your inspiration for your song?

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

  64. A: Let’s communicate and find out what you are wanting for your song.

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

  66. A: Vintage P bass, Noble DI, UA Apollo and my hands.

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

  68. A: I’ve been working with talented and amazing artists for 30 years!

  69. Q: How would you describe your style?

  70. A: Supportive and intuitive

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

  72. A: Artists with vision

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

  74. A: Let the ideas flow and capture them!

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

  76. A: Pop, Rock, Soul and beyond.

  77. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  78. A: Intuitive and creative bass playing for vocal songs.

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

  80. A: Creative and solid bass tracks for songs.

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

  82. A: Bass Tracking daily

  83. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  84. A: ProTools-Univeral Audio Apollo interface, vintage gear and modern workflow.

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

  86. A: Retro to Modern. Motown to Mayer to Lukas Graham

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

  88. A: Bass tracks for songs in all genres.

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GenresSounds Like
  • John Mayer
  • Paul McCartney
  • Motown
Gear Highlights
  • 61 & 66 Fender P basses
  • 67 Ampeg B-15
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