The Bass Players United Team
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.
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’).
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.
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.
He plays a unique signature bass made by world-renowned luthier Jens Ritter and is a spokesman for Hartke, Dunlop, DR Strings and Neunaber.
Simon’s Debut solo album ‘Familia’ and his 2nd album ‘Open Window’ has & continues to be featured on worldwide Radio: JAZZ FM, BBC Radio 2 & 3, BBC GMR Radio, BBC RadioLancashire, Creative Chicago Radio, Jazz in All Keys, Fiesta Jazz. 106.7 PBS FM in Melbourne, Australia, W.I.U.C. in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Atlanta Smooth Jazz, VID90.3FM ‘Gala Jazz’, Ponce, Puerto Rico. Radio Planichie ‘Rumba y Son’, Lima, Peru, WEMUMichigan USA. Also featuring in the publications Jazztimes (USA), Musician, Bass player (USA), Bass guitar, Music professor (Germany), Bajista (Spain), Descarga (Latin America). Simon is also a proud endorsing artist of Dalmedo custom guitars, Barker Basses, Taurus amplification & pedals, Rotosound Strings and has released, along with Samplephonics, The Live Funky Bass Guitar sample library. Simon’s new e-book ‘Bass Workshop’ is also available now.
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.
“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.
He has shared the stage and/or studio with Victor Wooten, Oteil Burbridge, Jeff Sipe, Jeff Coffin, Yolanda Charles, Derico Watson, members of Snarky Puppy, bass legend Bobby Vega, Felix Pastorius, and others.
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.