Sean Hurley

Session Bassist

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Bass Player for John Mayer, Lana Del Rey, Jason Mraz, Lukas Graham, Lady A and many others.

I am an LA based session bass player. I've played on records by John Mayer, Gwen Stefani, Jason Marx, Lukas Graham, Colbie Caillat, Lady A, Lana Del Rey, Alanis Morissette, 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 18 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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Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

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

101 Reviews - 24 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Rob C.
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    Sean is phenomenal. His parts are tasteful and additive, his turnaround time is quick as lightning (even on a holiday weekend!), and his attitude is positive and professional. I couldn't recommend his services more highly.

  2. Review by George W.
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    It was a dream working with Sean. Not only did he provide incredible bass parts to all 9 of my songs, but he was also a great communicator and delivered these tracks very quickly. A true professional. Wouldn't hesitate to commission Sean again for any bass parts in the future.

  3. Review by Rob C.
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    Sean was awesome! Went above and beyond with tons and tons of great options. Creative playing that brought just the right energy to the song. What an asset.

  4. Review by Benjamin
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    Stellar performance —serves the song perfectly
    Honestly one of the easiest people I’ve ever worked with—-there you couldn’t get a better bass player for your project !!!—and on more than short notice —-thanks so much

  5. Review by Price C.
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    One of the goats at bass ! Kills every track every time and my go to every time and never lets me down !

  6. Review by Megan M.
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    Truly wonderful experience working with Sean - he's so attentive to details, he actually printed out sheet music from the string quartet to make sure bass lined up with cello. Communicative, friendly, expert level performance - would highly recommend and plan on working with him again in the future. Thanks Sean!!

  7. Review by Price C.
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    Sean absolutely kills every song everytime and anytime I need bass he's my go to and my first option! Thanks again!

  8. Review by Nian T.
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    It's a pleasure working with Sean. The bass lines took the song to another level. And super easy and fast communication. Couldn't recommend more!

  9. Review by Álvaro H.
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    Sean nailed it at first and did a beautiful bass line for my song. A true world class player. Amazing communication with him, a total pleasure.

  10. Review by Price C.
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    kills every track I send him super locked in on every take and always adds a good feeling and makes the track better I'll be back anytime I need bass !

  11. Review by Jonny W.
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    Better than the best!!! Taste, tone, and creativity at the highest levels!!! Couldn't recommend working with him more!!!

  12. Review by William M.
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    Sean is a fantastic bass player. He utilises his many years of professional bass playing with some of the most famous artists in the world to influence his bass arrangements, fitting perfectly with whatever song he's working on. Highly recommended for anyone who needs a great bass part on their song.

  13. Review by Ashley A.
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    You really can’t go wrong with Sean… One of the best

  14. Review by Anthony M.
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    Absolute honour to have Sean’s bass on my record. Exceptional playing, insanely fast delivery.
    All the takes he provided were spot on, tonnes of creative options. Not only is he a virtuoso bassist, but also a fantastic person to work with. Out of words to describe how amazing this experience has been. Thank you Sean!

  15. Review by Jon Will
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    Highly recommend working with Sean. His communication was an 11/10. Did a phenomenal job on the brief and gave a world class performance and stems.
    Will be working with him again in the future 100%. Thanks Sean.

  16. Review by David
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    Awesome bassist and wonderful to work with! Wow got the job done in the next day....and on a holiday weekend! Wow! Always done a grt job and what the song needs!

  17. Review by Ale G.
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    It has been wonderful to work with Sean again two years after our first session. He is incredibly gifted and a pleasure to work with. He brought my new musical piece to the next level, as always.

  18. Review by R.G.Deguire
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    Sean could not have been easier to work with! AMAZING professional and a super nice guy. The best bass player I've ever worked with. He delivered world class bass tracks. He really gave life to my song. Sean is definitely my first-call bass session player.

  19. Review by Mats S.
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    Sean - you sure over-delivered on this one! Not only did you exactly nail down what kind of bass playing I felt needed for the song, you also added multiple suggestions of your own that took the bass to a whole new level. The groove and drive of your playing simply glues all the parts of the song together in a great way - on top of this delivered in such admirable effortless way. Hats off for this!

  20. Review by Shayan Amiri
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    Sean is obviously a world class bass player, there is no doubt about his ability to play some of the best bass performance you will ever hear on a record. But he is also great at engineering and designing his bass sound and understanding what the song needs. To top it off, his wonderful and positive personality just makes him my absolute top choice for bass player on any project. It it an honor of a lifetime to be working with Sean.

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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2-3 day turnaround, depending on schedule.

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