Wayne Whittaker

Wayne Whittaker : bass

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Bass player with a "song-first" mentality.

I'm an LA based session bass player who brings a "song-first" approach to my playing. From simple, foundational bass parts to more melodic or busy lines, I do my best to serve the song.

After graduating from Berklee College of Music in 2010, I maintained a busy schedule as one of Boston's go-to bass players, before relocating to LA in early 2018.

I've been the bass player for Haerts since 2016. I've also performed and recorded with dozens of artists, including Civic, Eternals, Katie Von Schleicher, Marissa Nadler, Wilder Maker, Julie Rhodes, and members of the bands The Black Keys (Patrick Carney), Michelle Branch (Megan McCormick, Erin Manning), Titus Andronicus (Elio DeLuca), and Okkervil River (Will Graefe).

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Interview with Wayne Whittaker

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

  2. A: I'm in the band Haerts and we're prepping the release of a new album and tour.

  3. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  4. A: I've had the benefit to work with both, and they both have their advantages.

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

  6. A: As cliche as it is at this point, less is usually more.

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

  8. A: Singer-songwriter based material, indie rock, etc.

  9. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  10. A: I'm a very quick learner

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

  12. A: I’d like to think that I serve the song, and try to let my parts evolve organically as opposed to forcing anything for my own benefit. If that means playing one note for 4 minutes, so be it. I try and pick my spots to add an interesting fill or texture.

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Gear Highlights
  • 1972 Fender Precision
  • 1965 Ampeg SB-12
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