Adam Phillips
Adam PhillipsFounder
Bass Players United founder Adam Phillips holds his father, Jaco Pastorius, and Justin Chancellor in high regards as an influence on his own bass playing. Adam’s parents both being very musical, but it was his father who influenced his his dedication for bass guitar. Adam’s work with Bass Players United has kept the passion, and drive to be better bass players.

The Bass Players United Team

Danny Fox
Danny FoxTeam Member
Danny Fox is the head of bass guitar studies at The University of Sheffield in the North of his native England, UK.He has been playing for 20 years and has played, recorded and studied all genres of music.Best known for his solo compositions, he is keen to teach the building blocks of music applied to bass, to help others share that passion.He endorses Franz Bass Guitars (Germany) and LightWave Bass Guitars (USA).

Arran McSporran
Arran McSporranTeam Member
Arran began playing bass at 15 and has since toured nationally and internationally, across 23 countries from Europe to India. He is known for his virtuosic fretless bass playing in metal bands De Profundis and Seven7.
He is also performing in the female-fronted metal band Splintered Soul, jazz-funk act Mr Little’s Noisy Band and many other cover and tribute acts. He has also done a lot of musical theater work, playing classic and contemporary musicals. When he’s not playing, he co-runs independent jazz/world music label MGP Records. Arran is endorsed by Ibanez Guitars and Rotosound Strings.

Polar Sky
Polar SkyTeam Member
Polar Sky is a bassist from Melbourne, Australia.

Amongst a variety of musical projects; She is a Youtube Musician. She posts original solos with the aim of creating peaceful, relaxing music for her audience to unwind to.

Her favorite bassists include Tal Wilkenfeld, Zander Zon, Jeremy Davis and Victor Wooten.

Outside of bass she holds a keen interest in Art, Film, RPGs, Axolotls and television show Adventure Time (as evident in the naming of her jazz bass after Adventure Time character ‘Randy Butternubs’).

Mike Toren
Mike TorenTeam Member
Mike started playing early in high school with friends getting guitars and drums, the bass seemed like a natural direction to go. With the likes of Robert Trujillo, Flea, Cliff Burton, and many more influences catching his eyes and ears, a musical direction was forged and bass lead the way. What began as a hobby quickly turned into a passion. Following were years of bands, gigs, recording, jamming as much as possible! Over the years a philosophy has developed, there will always be something to learn, always someone that can teach you something, a good song is a good regardless of style or genre, and above all, to keep an open mind and a positive attitude.
Ivan Carranza
Ivan CarranzaTeam Member
After attending an Iron Maiden tribute show when he was 14 and hearing the deep and massive low end of an electric bass being played live, Iván decided that the bass was going to be his instrument. A few weeks after the show, he bought his first bass and for the next couple of years spent all of his free time practicing and playing with different bands from school and from his hometown, Lima.

After finishing high school in 2010, Iván decided to pursue a career in music and studied under the wings of several great musicians from the music scene in Peru (Noel Marambio, Matías Recharte, Javier Perez-Saco, etc).

Being exposed to several different music genres throughout his life, Iván developed a flexibility that allows him play in different music situations such as: rock, pop, funk, blues, latin, etc. His playing style is influenced by artists such as Marcus Miller, Victor Wooten, David Ellefson, Steve Harris, Joscha Oetz, Noel Marambio, Janek Gwizdala, among others.

Currently, Iván is studying for a bachelor degree in Music at the University of Applied Sciences in Osnabrück, Germany.

Ema Oprisan
Ema OprisanTeam Member
Ema Oprisan was born on 25th august of 2001 in a small city of Romania, Focsani. Ema later moved into North Italy where she currently resides. Ema being from a musical family naturally picked up bass at an early age. Ema enjoys bands such as Three Days Grace and Thousand Foot Krutch, which she credits to picking up the bass guitar. Ema also credits her music teacher, Luciano Migliore who has helped her along her musical journey.
Ric Rumbolt
Ric RumboltTeam Member
Ric Rumbolt was raised in a small town in rural Newfoundland, Canada. Ric developed a taste for music by the time he was 10, and knew one day he would become a musician.

Ric started playing guitar by the age of 10 and realized that he only wanted to play the baselines of songs. Ric started using just the four top strings because he couldn’t afford a bass at the time. It was later that Ric heard Metallica , and his life was instantly transformed. Cliff Burton left a huge impression, with his bass work in Anesthesia and Orion.

Ric knew then that he wanted to learn what Cliff was doing, and like many became fascinated with Cliff Burton, David Ellefson of Megadeth and Steve Harris of Iron Maiden.

The more fascinated Ric became, the more he would tell people that he would one day open up for Metallica. Of course none of his peers believed him, but he later proved them wrong. In his teen age years, Ric moved to St John’s Newfoundand and began meeting other musicians with similar taste in music. At the age of 2, Ric moved to Prince Edward Island, Canad and joined forces with the band Negative J, a very Tool influenced band, and remained with that band until they disbanded in 07. In 08 Ric started playing with Death Valley Driver, and after playing together for a few years they opened for Metallica. Ric still talks about it as a surreal moment in his life! Ric also had the opportunity to open up for several other bands such as : Morbid Angel, Seether, Protest The Hero, Coheed And Cambria, Cryptopsy, Cancer Bats and 3 Inches Of Blood.

In 2013 Ric parted ways with Death Valley Driver to focus on his family life. Ric remains an active musicians as he cannot stay away from it, and plays with an AC/DC tribute band called Riff Raff just for fun, and Eviscerator, a thrash meets death metal band. No matter what the future holds Ric will always love the bass. Ric has always encouraged everyone who feels the drive to have music in their lives to listen to the call, no matter what kind of music, but hold on, it can be a bumpy ride.

Aram Bedrosian
Aram BedrosianTeam Member
Aram’s debut album of funk driven, melodic pieces instantly earned him international acclaim for it’s balance of technical achievement and musicality and solidified his place on the forefront of bass innovation. He is hard at work on the follow-up, A Dark Light, set for release in 2015. His performance, tutorial and demo videos have earned millions of views and an ever expanding fan base. He has performed on stages across North America and appeared on dozens of albums. As an instructor, he owns and operates The Bass Dojo in Burlington, Vermont, teaches at multiple colleges and gives lessons worldwide via webcam.

He plays a unique signature bass made by world-renowned luthier Jens Ritter and is a spokesman for Hartke, Dunlop, DR Strings and Neunaber.

Sara Solheid
Sara SolheidTeam Member
Sara Solheid is from Hudson, Wisconsin. Drawn to music at an early age while on fishing trips with her father, while listening to such bands as REO Speedwagon, and The Eagles. Sara was especially drawn to the bass guitar as she loved how unique it was, the feel, and the thump of it. Sara loves Funk, Jass, and rock & roll! Sara’s influences: Jaco Pastorius, Larry Graham, Geddy Lee, Verdine, White, Marucs Miller, Victor Wotten, Jim Cammack, and Stew Mckinsey.

While studying at McNally Smith College of Music in St.Paul Minnesota Sara had back to back surgeries on her hand/arm. She is back now better than ever, and credits her family and husband Ben for helping her through those rough times. Sara has been an inspiration to many of us at Bass Players United.

Dean P. Nutt
Dean P. NuttTeam Member
Dean started out playing guitar at age 14 with a passion for heavy metal, but as his musical tastes grew so did his love for the bass. At the age of sixteen Dean had switched to bass as his main instrument. Dean eariest musical heroes ranged from Norwood Fisher, Robert Trujillo, Billy Gould,Les Claypool, Flea, and Stuart Zender. While Deans musical tastes grew, so did his influences to Boosty Collins, Jaco Pastorius, Larry Grayham, Victor Wooten, and many more.

“I’ve been playing live since 1993 and have been a part of many musical projects over the years and bands like Primates Of, Nico Tyrell, Khoda, Black Molasses & Boddickers”.

“I love everything about playing live, studio sessioning and writing with other like minded musicians and I hope that my musical adventures will still take me to many wonderful places to meet many wonderful and colourful people”.

Deans musical tastes are so varied that he can’t stick to one style of playing, so whether it’s Rock, Metal, Funk, Soul, jazz, Electronic or any other genre of music, he continues to adapt his playing style to fit.

Dean is currently recording with Boddickers and has started work on a new project that has a working title of “Kneel Before Zod” as well as being on the Bass Players United team and working with Bananaphish Studios.

Sarah Clark
Sarah ClarkTeam Member
Sarah Clark picked up bass after joining her first band at the age of 15. She has been performing ever since and has played alongside numerous, talented musicians. Self-taught, she grew up with a love of music and singing, and has always been greatly inspired by women in the rock world. Her style of playing is melodic and driving, and her bass of choice is a Fender Jazz. She resides in Central Massachusetts and enjoys playing throughout New England, especially in the greater Boston area. Currently, she is the bassist/vocalist/composer in two different rock bands, “Gone in the Rearview” and “Brian Chaffee & the Players”. Sarah is a big fan of DIY culture, preferring alternative, indie and punk rock styles. Some of her favorite bands include Throwing Muses, Pixies, Radiohead, and St. Vincent.
Luciana Valdés
Luciana ValdésTeam Member
Luciana Valdés (LULI BASS), nació un 21 de Mayo en la ciudad de Buenos Aires, Argentina. Comenzó a interesarse por la música desde muy temprana edad. A los 9 años de edad comenzó a tocar el bajo.

Desde los 13 años comenzó a tocar con artistas reconocidos de la Argentina, como Miguel “Botafogo” Vilanova, Black Amaya, Daniel Raffo, Alambre González, Ciro Fogliatta, Juanse (de Ratones Paranoicos), entre otros.

Actualmente es bajista de JIMMY RIP AND THE TRIP y Led Ladies.

Es Endorsment de: Lakland Basses, Aguilar Amplification, DR Strings, Correas Antitodo, Vulk.

Luciana became interested in music at a very early age. At the age of 9 she had already started playing bass, and at the age of 13 she started playing with renowned artist of Argentina such as: Miguel “Botafogo” Vilanova, Black Amaya, Daniel Raffo, Alambre Gonzalez, Ciro Fogliatta, Juanse (of Ratones Paranoicos), among others. Luciana is currently the bass for Jimmy and The Trip Trip, and Led Ladies.

Miki Santamaria
Miki SantamariaTeam Member
Miki Santamaria is a professional bass player and guitar player endorsed by Yamaha, EBS, Lorita Basses and Happy Ears and is pleased and honored to work -or have worked- with: Burn the Floor (World Tour 2016), Doctor Prats, Rock of Ages (the musical), Phredley Brown (Musical Director and guitarist for Bruno Mars), Abraham Laboriel Sr, Stuart Zender (Jamiroquai), Drew De Four (from Detroit), Discípulos de Otilia (touring Spain, Europe and Japan in 2008-2010), I Want U Back (Michael Jackson Tribute), La Banda de Buenafuente, Slam Allen (NYC), Charlie Love (from Chicago), Swagger Funk (function band from the UK), Brodas Bros, El Niño de la Hipoteca, Californicators (RHCP Tribute), Sultans of Swing (Dire Straits tribute), Llibert Fortuny, Monica Green, Antonio Orozco, Sergio Dalma, Kayo Malayo, La Carrau, Gnaposs, Miguel Talavera, Andreu Martinez, Pirat’s Sound Sistema, Jadel, Lidia Guevara, Joan Rovira, Lucas Masciano, Raul Gómez, Litus, Rossvelvet, David Espín, Da Igual, Frank Mercader, Ivet Vidal, Lorenzo Santamaria, La Marató de TV3 (TV Show), La Partida de TV3 (TV Show), among many others. Miki teaches electric bass at Superior Music School “ESEM Taller de Músics” in Barcelona.
Dmitry Lisenko
Dmitry LisenkoTeam Member
Dmitry Lisenko is from Latvia, and has been playing bass since he was 16 years old. He was rejected at a music school due to the lack of ear training and theory knowledge. “It’s better to be a good street cleaner, then a bad musician.” That was his first feedback from a professional music teacher. That only put more determination into Dmitry. After that he has been actively performing/touring/recording in different bands in all possible genres of music. He was even playing solo gigs , busking on a streets and together with his wife created duo project “Karmafree” ( where music is created only with bass and vocals).

Dmitry has won over several of his peers at BPU with his Unique style, and many bass player competitions in multiple countries. Dmitry and has also appeared at “Bass Day” events in Russia and Latvia.

Currently Dmitry is specializing on Percussive Fingerstyle bass technique. A very fresh and unique style for bass guitar. Using the body of an acoustic bass as percussion, playing bass line, and solo part all together at the same time gives Dmitry enough place to experiment, and fully express himself and keep my music interesting.

Jayme Lewis
Jayme LewisTeam Member
Jayme Lewis has been working for years as a sideman, an artist and a small business-owner residing in Northern Los Angeles. He is a national touring bassist and studio musician, a record producer, author and music educator. Having discovered the bass guitar at the age of 7, he began to passionately pursue the instrument throughout his youth. After graduating in 2008 from California State University of Northridge with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music, Jayme began a career as a sideman in L.A. and has played with numerous artists from around the country, as well as cutting his teeth in the studio tracking cues for Disney and Nickelodeon. In 2012 he began a career as an artist and released his first record, When Will Then Be Now? On top of teaching privately at the The Lewis Music Academy in Moorpark, CA, Jayme still manages to gig and tour full time, host a bass Podcast, maintain several online businesses and produce artists out of his recording studio, Second Story Studios.

Jared Lees
Jared LeesTeam Member
Jared Lees is a solo bassist from Northeast Ohio. His use of fretted and fretless basses, and a variety of spatial effects gives Jared a dynamic and unique voice in the bass community. To date he has released three records as a solo artist, and is currently working on his fourth with members from his band. Jared has been playing bass for nearly 20 years, and has also toured and recorded with various Indie groups and artists such as Ryan Humbert, Winslow, and Via Lotus.

Richard Scarr
Richard ScarrTeam Member
London born, Cambridgeshire-based Richard Scarr learnt bass as a teenager by playing along to records by The Stranglers, The Clash and The Sex Pistols. In the 1980s he was a regular feature on the London gig circuit, spending ten years handling bass and vocals with indie rockers Ship of Fools. In the 1990s he joined a Western Swing band and developed a love of jazz. He now gigs regularly in the clubs and pubs of South-East England, where he’s developed a reputation as the ‘go-to man’ that men who go to go-to men go to.
Carly Hoffman
Carly HoffmanTeam Member
Canadian bassist Carly Hoffman has been playing bass for 22 years. Bass was the only instrument she ever wanted to play. She’s so comfortable with the bass that the guitar looks like an extension of her body. A mercenary player, Carly has played with several bands, playing easily over 1000 shows before the age of 35. Her style is strong, reliable and groovy, but never overpowering. Having fun on stage with other players and the audience is one of her biggest trademarks.

“I’m not a fancy player. There are other bassists out there on the circuit who play more intricately than I do. But I always smile, and have fun. No one likes looking at a sourpuss. Additionally there’s a technical aspect that’s not all about image. I have a responsibility. I never make mistakes in the music. I’m what people call “solid.” Bass is an invisible power; I feel that a bass line is a supportive element that one should only notice if it drops out, or if there’s a mistake. Lead players love that attitude. I’ll step forward if needed. But I’m there to support the lead players, have fun and engage the audience. That’s what keeps me booked.”

Leslie Johnson
Leslie JohnsonTeam Member
Johnson is a jazz composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist, best known as a bass guitarist. Throughout his career, Johnson has worked with many world class musicians, such as: Bassists Abraham Laboriel and Adam Nitti, drummers Alvaro Lopez, Eric Boseman and Nikki Glaspie, pianist David Garfield among many others, as well as maintaining a successful solo career.

Johnson was born in Guatemala, Guatemala, in 1982. He started composing and performing professionally at the age of 20, when Integrity Music signed him as part of Award winning band “Vertical”. After touring with Vertical around the world for 4 years, he quickly moved from playing pop and rock to jazz, gospel and R&B. Johnson has been part of many master recordings as a bassist, producer and/or multi-instrumentalist, alongside world class musicians such as: Abraham Laboriel, Michael Landau, Luis Conte and many others. Johnson has released 2 instrumental albums, “Bass&Beyond” (2012) and “The Leslie Johnson Project” (2015). Both albums have received many positive reviews from different magazines and radio stations. Both albums feature many special guests such as: Adam Nitti, Philip Lassiter, Frank McComb, Nikki Glaspie, Eric Boseman and many other top musicians.

Zander Zon
Zander ZonTeam Member
Zander Zon (a stage name) is a notable solo bassist who is based in London, England. He is primarily a YouTube artist, releasing videos of original compositions as well as intricate arrangements of popular songs. Zander is known for using altered tunings and thin gauge strings, which give him access to a massive tuning range. He uses a variety of techniques, including harmonics, two-hand tapping, flamenco-style strumming and chordal fingerstyle. Though he is a technical bassist, Zander’s music, described as cinematic and unique, is known to be always at the forefront.

In April 2013, Zander released his acclaimed second album, ‘Saturn Return’. It features six new solo bass compositions, three orchestrations and an arrangement of Pachelbel’s Baroque classic, ‘Canon in D’. This release follows his renowned debut album, ‘Sonorous’ (2010), which contains 10 original compositions – all solo bass.

Following the release of ‘Sonorous’, Bassline Publishing released the ‘Zander Zon – Sonorous Bass Transcriptions’ book in 2011, which contains tabs and sheet music for all of his compositions on ‘Sonorous’, as well as performance notes, interviews, and information on bass-setup. 2011 also saw the release of the bass compilation holiday album, ‘Holiday Rumblings’ by Zon Guitars. This album includes two pieces by Zander, as well as pieces by Michael Manring and various Zon Guitars artists.

Zander has been featured in many Guitar Magazines around the world. He has performed solo concerts, house concerts and weddings in the London area, and has gigged at venues such as The Troubadour Club and The Cobden Club. Zander maintains an active Internet profile and communicates daily with followers, subscribers and other musicians.

Andy C. Saxton
Andy C. SaxtonTeam Member
Andy C. Saxton is a musician, producer and film composer from Watford, United Kingdom. He has worked alongside many famous bands and musicians including Bon Jovi, Sepultura, Alexisonfire, Jimmy Eat World. Saxton was also the bassist for the Progressive Metal band Cry For Silence for 8 years with the new Slipknot bassist Alessandro Venturella. Saxton has also played on albums with Ryan Richards from Funeral For a Friend and Charlie Simpson from Fightstar.