Bruno Migliari

Session Bassist/Arranger

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Need bass? Look no further! Electric, fretless or upright. Bassist for The Four Brasil, The Voice Brasil, Frejat, Simone, Ivan Lins, Milton Nascimento, Marcos Valle, Ana Carolina, Maria Gadú, Paulinho Moska, Lobão, and many others. 30 years of studio and stage experience put to good use when recording bass tracks for you.

I will provide a top quality, groovy bass line for your song, regardless of genre. And I'll spice it with that elusive "Brazilian flavor", if the music calls for it. I will send you at least two bass line options for each song, so you can choose or edit them together to your taste. I will deliver a track within 24 hrs, but will conclude a bulk request (say 5 tracks) within 3 days.
Choose electric, fretless or acoustic basses, send me your song and have top quality bass tracks delivered to you within a day!
I have worked in this fashion for The Voice Brasil and The Four Brasil TV shows, as well as for artists from all over the globe, such as Avi Wisnia (Philadelphia, USA), Lokua Kansa (Kinshasa, Congo), Elsa Chapman (London, UK), Paul J. Riley (London, UK), Quexie Montana (Harare, Zimbabwe), Denise Reis (New York, USA) - to name a few.

Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.

Credits

AllMusic verified credits for Bruno Migliari
  • Vander Lee
  • Vander Lee
  • Irreversiveis
  • Irreversiveis
  • Ana Carolina
  • Leila Maria
  • Danni Carlos
  • Lobão
  • Lobão
  • Quito Pedrosa
  • Cris Braun
  • Cris Braun
  • Claudio Henrique D. Torezan
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  • Claudio Henrique D. Torezan
  • Marcus Nabuco
  • Roberto Frejat
  • Rui Motta

78 Reviews - 9 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Jason H.
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    Second time working wirh Bruno and ill be back again. -- super knowledgeable and talented musician and great communicator too.

  2. Review by Brent
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    Bruno is an excellent bassist with incredible timing and style! Gave me multiple options within 24 hrs and I’m grateful I got to work with him. Thanks Bruno! Keep up the great bass playing!

  3. Review by Cantek B.
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    I'll never run out of good things to say about Bruno. Thanks for the last minute quick delivery.

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    Thank you again. Quality delivery in a day.

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    I don't know what I would do without Bruno.

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    Great communication, great delivery. Always a pleasure.

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    Great job, as always.

  8. Review by Cantek B.
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    Bruno is a true professional. Responsive, detail oriented, amazing attitude and always delivering quality work. Look no further.

  9. Review by 49sQuareLTD
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    Great work from Bruno! Very responsive, communicative and works fast. A great bass track! Thank you!

  10. Review by Luke Mitrani
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    Great working with Bruno! Fantastic tone & feel. Thanks so much and best of luck!

  11. Review by Jason H.
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    Bruno delivered a lovely bass line for one of my songs. He got the feel immediately and delivered quickly. It was a real pleasure working with him, top bassist.

  12. Review by DeAndre F.
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    Bruno was great and faster than you could ever expect. He's was able to provide exactly what I needed for my project. 5 out of 5!!!!!!

  13. Review by Cantek B.
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    Bruno is amazing. He delivered quality work and lightning fast. Highly recommended.

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    Superb!

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    Simply Brilliant Musician!

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    Fantastic Bass player and incredibly fast. Would highly recommend.

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    he's the man

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    Tis is about 40 songs with Bruno. Wouldn't use anybody else

  19. Review by Devitt E.
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    I have done over 30 songs with Bruno. I trust him implicitly. He has great taste and hires excellent musicians to accompany him.

  20. Review by todd s.
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    Bruno has amazing chops, great sounds, and can really come up with some seriously cool parts. Fast, professional and enjoyable to communicate with. He raises my own game. Will def. work with him again.

Interview with Bruno Migliari

  1. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  2. A: Recording system: Apple iMac w/3 GHz Intel Core i5 6 core and 32 GB 2400 MHz DDR4 RAM Logic PRO DAW software UA Apollo audio interface with tons of UA plug ins UA 4-710d Mic Pre-amp Assorted Audio Technica and AKG mics. Available Basses: 74' Fender Jazz Bass (rosewood neck) 77' Fender Jazz Bass (maple neck) 13' Fender Jazz Bass (rosewood neck) 76' Fender Precision Bass PJ (maple neck) 75' Fender Precision Bass PJ (fretless rosewood neck) 91' Music Man Sting Ray 5 (maple neck) 93' G&L Climax (maple neck) circa 1900 Acoustic Bass of Czech origin (carved pine) 10' NS Design CRT4 electric upright bass Guasti-Bottoni french style bows Available Amplifiers: Ampeg Micro VR w/ Ampeg 2x10 cabinet Gallien-Krueger 800RB w/Mesa Boogie 1x15 and 2x10 cabinets Available DI/preamp boxes: EBS Micro bass II Radial Engineering Bass Bone Tech21 Sans Amp Bass DI Tech21 Character Series VT Bass Available effect pedals: EBS MultiComp Compressor EBS MultiDrive Overdrive EBS UniChorus Chorus/Flanger EBS OctaBass Octaver EBS BassIQ Envelope Filter EBS DynaVerb Reverb MXR M87 Bass Compressor MXR M182 El Grande Bass Fuzz MXR M288 Bass Octave Deluxe MXR M82 Bass Envelope Filter Electro-Harmonix Bass Balls Envelope Filter

  3. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  4. A: During the last two years I developed a fruitful professional relation with songwriter Devitt Elverson (USA) here on the platform. As I write this, I've recorded bass on 43 songs of his, and arranged/produced the whole rhythm section (drums, percussion, piano or guitar) on some of those songs, and even producing the whole thing (including vocals) on a couple. That was the case with the song "The Chill of the Heat", a favorite of mine that is featured on his album "The Forest for the Trees" (2019). I've recorded all the basses on that album, and also on his latest release, "Interesting Times" (2020). Both albums are available on Spotify.

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

  6. A: I'm the bass player on the TV show The Four Brasil, which keeps my studio chops in top gear while I wait out the Pandemic to resume touring with popular Brazilian singer/songwriter Frejat and singer Simone. Can't wait to get back to my weekly jazz gigs with my quartet Notre Jam, and the pop gigs with my 80's top of the pops band The Pedigree Dogs. I've been doing a lot of remote bass recordings on my studio, working hard to turn this activity into my main source of income. I also teach private bass lessons online and have an online bass course available.

  7. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  8. A: Yes. Brazilian drummers Cássio Cunha and Marcelo Vig. I also recommend checking out drummer/producer Tom Dupree III, guitarists Billy Brandão, Bernardo Bosisio and Pedro Silveira - (all three great Brazilian guitarists) and trumpet player/arranger Bruno Santos.

  9. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  10. A: Call me! Send your files my way and I'll make them groove (lol). Seriously, provide as much guidelines as you see fit - written parts are welcome, as well as midi-bass reference tracks (please send those as separate tracks, so I can mute them when recording my own bass). Provide the needed technical info: bpm and desired sample-rate.

  11. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  12. A: My 74' Fender Jazz Bass, my 75' Fender Precision Fretless Bass, my 1900' Czech Upright Bass (with french bow!), my Ampeg Micro VR amp/cab stack and my Fender Rhodes electric piano!

  13. Q: How would you describe your style?

  14. A: I groove hard, but elegantly! I guaranty people will move to my bass lines.

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

  16. A: My own writing is jazz-oriented with a strong groove to it (I call my music "atmospheric jazz"), but I work extensively with major Brazilian recording acts in the pop/rock vein, so I'm very used to laying down good old round and greasy lines that "glue" in with the drums.

  17. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  18. A: Michael League, Dave Holland, Christian McBride, Marcus Miller, Meshell Ndege Ocello, Sting, Pino Palladino, Jaco Pastorius, Esperanza Spalding, Tony Levin, Peter Gabriel, Prince, Avishai Cohen, Tower of Power, Steely Dan, Banda Black Rio, Djavan, Milton Nascimento, Herbie Hancock, Joe Zawinul, Stevie Wonder, James Brown.

  19. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  20. A: That a track should be re-recorded ad infinitum… It shouldn't - although technology might suggest otherwise. If it's good, it will happen with two or three takes.

  21. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  22. A: Both. There's stuff that simply sounds better in "analog mode", while other stuff sound more "whole" in digital. For instance, I prefer to use analog pedals on my basses, but enjoy listening to CDs more than vinyls.

  23. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  24. A: I'll make your song groove!

  25. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  26. A: I love everything about it. I get to be creative and to collaborate with other artists like myself, the music community knows no boundaries or frontiers.

  27. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  28. A: Could you play something like what I heard on that song on your SoundCloud playlist? I get that a lot, and it's all good, since I put those songs there to showcase my abilities, therefore they are serving the purpose…

  29. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  30. A: What the final instrumentation on the song will be (will you add more stuff to it after the bass is added? will there be other low-end instruments, like synth bass or heavy percussion? Will it have strings or horns added to the song afterwards?). This usually guides my approach in terms of how much space should I leave, in which spots should I step out a little bit, etc…

  31. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  32. A: I started playing bass when I was 14 years old, and in three years I got my professional musician license. One year later I finished school and went straight to music University, where I graduated as an Double Bass Major. I have never done anything else with my life but play my basses since then, and I've done it with a myriad of musicians from different parts of the world, for 35 years now - and counting…

  33. Q: What's your typical work process?

  34. A: When I first get a song from a client, a listen to it with full attention trying to grasp everything the song suggests me - be it related to rhythm/harmony/melody or to the lyrics - and build up a "draft bass line" in my head. Then I compare it with any reference the client might have provided (be it an audio track or a chart) and try to balance that reference with my own interpretation of the song. When I'm satisfied with what I created, I proceed to record the actual bass tracks. Usually the first version stays very close to the chart or reference (verbatim, if it's a written part), whereas the second option is a more personal interpretation of the song. I encourage clients to combine both tracks on their final bass track, building a final result that meets their taste and still retains some unique flavor.

  35. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  36. A: I record bass tracks (normally two options) for artists from all over the globe. They send me an mp3 file with rhythm/harmony track and I record the bass of their choosing (acoustic, electric or fretless) over it, and send them finished WAV. files when I'm done. Quick and easy, top-notch quality.

  37. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  38. A: Peter Gabriel. He's a man of the world, his music has the most basic, earthy elements as well as the ethereal, high tech contemporary elements. A true artist of his time.

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

  40. A: Try to get the rhythm section playing together in the room. Magic is bound to happen!

  41. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  42. A: Groove and feel. I'm well-versed in many different styles and I thrive on music that has african roots to it - be it Brazilian, North-American, Afro Cuban or African.

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

  44. A: I bring a Brazilian flavor to it, definitely. But I do it with "arranger's ears" - being an arranger myself - with lots of concern regarding instrumentation, dynamics, space and, first and foremost, the groove! If it doesn't groove, it ain't happening!

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I was the Producer, Arranger, Bassist and Vocalist in this production

Terms Of Service

I will send you two bass line options for each song. I will complete a track within 24 hrs, but will conclude a bulk request within 3 days. One revision guaranteed for each song.

GenresSounds Like
  • James Jamerson
  • Tony Levin
  • Ray Brown
Gear Highlights
  • 74' Fender Jazz Bass
  • 77' Fender Jazz Bass
  • 13' Fender Jazz Bass
  • 76' Fender Precision Bass PJ
  • 75' Fender Precision Bass PJ fretless
  • 91' Music Man Sting Ray 5
  • circa 1900 Acoustic Bass of Czech origin
  • Guasti-Bottoni french style bows
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SoundBetter Deal

Bulk request promo: order 5 tracks and get 1 additional track for free! (that's 6 bass tracks for the price of 5!)

  • Another Track for Devitt E.Sep 04, 2021

    Just finished recording bass on yet another song by Devitt E. Love playing on his songs, and I guess by now I must have done it on over 40 songs of his - all through SoundBetter!

  • New track for Devitt E.Aug 05, 2021

    Just did a new track for composer Devitt E. I felt it had a prog-folk vibe to it, so I went for a John Glascock approach (P Bass with a pick). Devitt wanted to try the fretless on it, and since I always record 2 takes for each song, I did one take with the Fender Precision (pick style) and one with my trusty Fretless Fender Precision. Had a great time too!

  • Repeating clients are the best!May 26, 2021

    Thanks Matthew S. for yet another request - that's 6 songs in a week! Love when that happens! I feel very grateful when clients come back for more tracks. Need bass? Look no further!

  • Hat trick!May 24, 2021

    Completed a had trick for Matthew S. this weekend! 3 jobs in a row, total of 5 tracks - very interesting material, not your usual run of the mill.Looking forward for more assignments from Matthew!

  • Jackpot: Two times in a roll! Thank you Matthew!May 20, 2021

    Caught a lucky stream this week with two requests from Matthew S. for bass tracks on a total of 4 songs. Thank you Matthew for keeping the ball rolling and kudos on the beautiful music!

  • Thanks Matthew!May 17, 2021

    Just finished recording bass on a beautiful classical guitar short piece by Matthew S. Hope it was a first of many to come! 

  • New Devitt Everson song!Mar 16, 2021

    Just received a finished track from Devitt Elverson, a great songwriter with whom I collaborate regularly. Love when clients send me the finished work and I get to hear how it ended up sounding, as the bass usually gets recorded on the first stages of a song development. "There's a War Going On" sounds great! Make sure to check out Devitt Everson's albums on Spotify. 

  • Working on another 10 song batch!Jan 25, 2021

    Returning clients make me very happy! I'm so glad to kickstart 2021 with another 10 song batch from Devitt E.! Thanks, Devitt! Always a pleasure providing the low end for your beautifully crafted songs.

  • Great track from Todd!Dec 15, 2020

    It's not very often that I am asked to record on a Zappa-style composition, let alone one that features a bass solo in it! Thanks for the opportunity, Todd S.! Looking forward for more!

  • Great tracks this weekOct 13, 2020

    Had a great time recording bass tracks this week through SoundBetter for Byron M. (USA) and Pavan (India). Need bass tracks? Look no further!

  • Recording with Pedigree Dogs and Bourbon & FriendsAug 05, 2020

    This week's projects fall into the "band" category. I always have a great time collaborating with my Pedigree Dogs partners on classic 80's pop songs (check it out here), and I'm immensely enjoying laying bass tracks and recording vocals for the Bourbon & Friends project.  

  • Saturday trackingMay 10, 2020

    Had a great time yesterday recording bass tracks for Devitt E. 

    Keep those tracks coming, people! Let's make this quarantine groove

  • The Four Brasil - Season 2 final chapter aired last nightApr 30, 2020

    So it came to a conclusion… and an epic one it was! Singer Alma Thomas won the competition with yet another electrifying performance. The finalists and the band flexed their creative muscles to produce a "social distancing" performance of 2 classic pop songs from the MPB song book. Check it out (and see if you can spot my cat Giuseppe's cameo on this one!). 

  • Cool Remote Sessions This Week!Apr 26, 2020

    I had a great time this week doing remote sessions for Andre Gimaranz, James B. and Daniel Massa - all of them returning clients. Need bass tracks? Look no further! 

  • Episode 6 of The Four Brasil was full of interesting musical momentsApr 16, 2020

    Episode 6 of The Four Brasil went live last night. Check out this musically intense battle between singers Alma Thomas and Pollyanna Papel. Playing bass on such a project is a great opportunity to broaden your music vocabulary.

  • Episode 6 of The Four Brasil airing today - with Brazilian-flavored bass lines from yours trulyApr 15, 2020

    Episode 5 of The Four Brasil goes live tonight. Check out this "social distancing" version of the opening number: The Four singing "Você Não Serve Pra Mim / Quando"Você Não Serve Pra Mim / Quando". Playing bass on such a project is a great opportunity to broaden your music vocabulary.

  • Recording on Easter holidayApr 13, 2020

    Just had a busy Easter weekend at the studio recording bass tracks for Devitt E. and James B. Check out my Instagram posts about it! 

  • Working as the house bassist on a music TV showApr 10, 2020

    Episode 5 of The Four Brasil went live last night, with a couple nice bass moments. Check them out:  The Four singing "Apenas Mais Uma de Amor / Love of My Life"  and the battle between Alma Thomas and Rafa Moura. Playing bass on such a project is a great opportunity to broaden your music vocabulary. 

  • The Four BrasilApr 02, 2020

    Episode 4 of The Four Brasil went live last night, with a couple of good bass moments on camera. Check them out: Flavia Gabé sings "Que Sorte a Nossa" and Jay Horsth sings "Blowin' in the Wind".

  • Got the Quarantine Blues?Apr 01, 2020

    Seems like everybody's got it… "The Quarantine Blues"! Me and fellow SoundBetter artist Andre Gimaranz got together and collaborated on this thing. Check it out! 

  • The Quarantine BluesMar 31, 2020

    Seems like everybody's got it… "The Quarantine Blues"! Me and fellow SoundBetter artist Andre Gimaranz got together and collaborated on this thing. Check it out! 

  • Collaborating during quarantineMar 29, 2020

    One upside to this quarantine situation is the wave of collaborations between musicians from all over the planet. This weekend, I've been working with regular partners guitarist Andre Gimaranz and drummer Kadu Menezes on a song we called "Quarantine Blues"… we're on mixing stage right now, so I'll probably post it here within the next few days. Take care and #stayhome 

  • Recording at home after TV Production shut downMar 19, 2020

    Spent the last couple of days recording lots of bass tracks for the production of the TV show The Four Brasil, after the TV studio was shut down due to the Coronavirus pandemia. We still don;t know when the actual filming of the remaining 2 episodes will be resumed, but meanwhile we keep busy arranging and writing scores for the live performances. Stay safe, keep busy and keep the music alive!

  • Lots of studio action these days with The Four Brasil…Mar 13, 2020

    Finishing week 8 of production for The Four Brasil TV show… 125 songs recorded so far, 7 episodes filmed. Challenging but fulfilling job!

  • My latest album "Bicho Músico" is available on all digital platformsNov 18, 2018

    Released on February 2018, "Bicho Músico" is a collection of original compositions, comprising instrumental music and songs that display my jazz, pop and Brazilian roots. Check it out on Spotify!

  • "Totorello", new single by Bruno MigliariSep 10, 2015

    I wrote "Totorello" for my cat Jaco released 01 July 2015 Bruno Migliari: composition, arrangement, acoustic bass (pizzicato), acoustic bass quartet (arco) and electric piano; Billy Brandão: electric guitar; Henrique Band: soprano saxophone; Marcelinho da Costa: drums; Jaco: meow. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Bruno Migliari @ 8VB Studio between February and June 2015.

  • "Sky Blue Sky"Sep 04, 2015

    Listen to Avi Wisnia's "Sky Blue Sky", produced and arranged by Bruno Migliari and recorded at 8VB Studio. Bruno Migliari: acoustic bass/electric piano/additional percussion and effects; Marco Lobo: percussion; Bernardo Bosisio: acoustic guitar and cavaquinho; Avi Wisnia: vocals, melodica and electric piano. https://aviwisnia.bandcamp.com/track/sky-blue-sky