Bass player with a "song-first" mentality.
Hi, my name is Wayne, I'm a musician based in Los Angeles, CA.
After graduating from Berklee College of Music in 2010, I maintained a busy schedule as one of the Boston area’s go-to bass players before relocating to LA in early 2018.
With influences such as Paul McCartney, James Jamerson, Chuck Rainey, Pino Palladino, Leland Sklar, Carol Kaye, Donald “Duck” Dunn, Tim Lefebvre, Tommy Cogbill, John Stirratt, and countless others, I try to combine my own unique sound with a song-first mentality which allows me to transition seamlessly between projects of wide-ranging genres.
I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.
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During Wayne's years in Boston he was our first-call studio bassist, on sessions ranging from singer/songwriter pop to heavy R&B to genre-pushing indie rock, and everything in between. Wayne is an absolute professional. He brings not only world-class instrumental prowess to the table, but also the impossible-to-teach qualities of perspective, maturity, and musical refinement. He's got the chops, but more importantly he has the taste. Don't hesitate to let him improve your jams.
Interview with Wayne Whittaker
Q: What do you bring to a song?
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.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I'm a very quick learner
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Singer-songwriter based material, indie rock, etc.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: As cliche as it is at this point, less is usually more.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I've had the benefit of working with both, and they both have their advantages.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I'm usually asked to provide bass on an already existing track. I'll record 3-4 different versions and send them over.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Neve DI, Ampeg SB-12. Can't go wrong.