Bassists as Producers

Discussion in 'Ask Justin Meldal-Johnsen' started by moncho, Jul 15, 2013.

  1. moncho


    Apr 20, 2008
    Austin TX
    Endorsing Artist Aguilar, Fender
    Just curious as I am also a music producer/bassist...
    what do you think it is about bassists in particular that seems to makes us want to produce other artists? Do you think it has alot to do with the role we take on within our bands/projects? Alot of bass players tend to be the 'glue' so to speak and I wonder if the natural desire to take on that role is somewhat connected to producing. Many of my favorite producers are bassists- and vice versa. I'm sure you've been asked this a billion times so forgive me...I have a TON of respect for your playing AND your production work so I just wanted to get your take on it.
    Thank you...
  2. jmjbassplayer

    jmjbassplayer Justin Meldal-Johnsen Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 25, 2005
    Thank you, Matt.

    I've definitely spoken about this before at length, but simply put it's definitely the "glue" thing. It's being at the intersection of several roads, unlike anyone else in the traditionally assigned roles.

  3. vegas532


    Nov 10, 2006
    Pensacola, FL.
    I've always noticed that bassists make great producers from the mere fact that we, by nature, tend to look at overall compositions from the inside out by the mere fact of our contextual function.
  4. moncho


    Apr 20, 2008
    Austin TX
    Endorsing Artist Aguilar, Fender
    JMJ Thanks for the reply- makes total sense to me. And BTW Vegas532 dig your profile. We def have similar tastes in gear etc etc. Appreciate your answer too. I always joke w the guitarists in my band and that I work with in the studio that bassists make better producers because we are usually the guy in the band that actually listens to what EVERYONE is playing, not just ourselves.;)
  5. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
    I've stated this perspective frequently before. But just to articulate it succinctly, bass is unique in that it exists at the lowest common denominator (to use a math analogy) of all three of the main elements of music: melody, harmony & rhythm. :meh:

    Therefore being a skilled & knowledgeable bassist does indeed equip one with some important basic tools to also function well as a skilled & knowledgeable producer.