Martin Motnik

Session Bass Player

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Member of ACCEPT. Toured with Uli Jon Roth (Scorpions). Credits: Gregg Bissonette, Hal Blaine, Don Randi. Michael Landau, Missing Persons. German-born studio and session bass guitarist, known for being a versatile electric and upright bass player, a pioneer in online music recording.

Studio bassist on over a 1000 recordings. Credited with members from The Wrecking Crew to German metal legends ACCEPT. Bass-optimized recording studio in Nashville. I've had the honor to record with many renowned musicians like the ones below, and I would love to play for you too!

Recording credits

* Gregg Bissonette (David Lee Roth, Ringo Starr, Carlos Santana et al.)
* Hal Blaine (Nancy Sinatra, Elvis Presley, John Denver, the Ronettes, Simon & Garfunkel, the Carpenters, the Beach Boys et al.)
* Don Randi (Linda Ronstadt, Quincy Jones, Cannonball Adderley, Herb Alpert, Sarah Vaughan, Frank Zappa et al.)
* ACCEPT (German heavy metal pioneers)
* Matt Bissonette (Don Henley, Joe Satriani et al.)
* Chad Wackerman (Frank Zappa et al.)
* Michael Landau (Miles Davis, Michael Jackson, Pink Floyd, B.B. King, Ray Charles et al.)
* Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp, Bob Seger, Elton John, Meat Loaf et al.)
* Chris Slade (AC/DC, Manfred Mann's Earth Band, Asia et al.)
* Atma Anur (Jason Becker, Richie Kotzen, Tony MacAlpine et al.)
* Mattias "IA" Eklundh (on Steve Vai's label Favored Nations)
* Harold Faltermeyer (Composer “Top Gun”, “Beverly Hills Cop” etc.; producer Billy Idol, Jennifer Rush et al.)
* World's Apart (European platinum awarded band)
* Martha Wash feat. RuPaul

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27 Reviews - 6 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Aurelien B.
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    Working with Martin was a fantastic experience. His bass recordings were top-notch, perfectly capturing the vibe of my song and even enhancing it with his thoughtful additions. He delivered the files quickly, his communication was clear and he provided multiple versions, including DI tracks and EQ/Comp processed tracks, which were very helpful. I highly recommend Martin for anyone looking for a talented and reliable bass player!

  2. Review by Rock Phillips
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    It's always good to work with Martin. He always delivers a good product and is easy to work with.

  3. Review by André S.
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    Just to say that Martin is a fantastic bassistn player. His skills as a musician are impressive. A great professional. Waiting again for his incredible contributions to my music as soon as possible.

  4. Review by Danny
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    One of the best! Great riffs and communication!

  5. Review by Eric
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    Me and Martin just knocked out another classic, it's always a pleasure working with Martin, always professional and a super nice person, can't wait until the next one!!!

  6. Review by Torben M.
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    Worldclass bassist, great to work with, delivers some top basslines.

  7. Review by Torben M.
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    Awesome Bass player, a pleasure to communicate with, very fast turnaround.
    Top notch stuff.

  8. Review by Danny
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    One of the best! Thanks again for the collab, see you on the next project!

  9. Review by Rock P.
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    Solid bass player and good to work with.

  10. Review by Eric
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    Martin just crushed another track it's always a pleasure playing with Martin, fun fantastic bass playing, tremendous work ethic, professionalism, musicianship and a very nice person! Very much looking forward to the next Rocker we can crush together, as always highly highly recommended!!!

  11. Review by Eric
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    Working with Martin is Awesome!!! such a very nice person, professional and superb work ethic, can't wait until the next Rocker we can crush!!!

  12. Review by Eric
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    It's always a pleasure working with Martin excellent communication, professionalism and turn around, Martin get's the job done and such a very nice person, I enjoy working with Martin and very much looking forward to the next Rocker we can Crush!!!

  13. Review by Tim C.
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    Just did a second job with Martin. Another really productive collaboration - and it won't be the last. He brings so much energy and creativity to the process. Excellent player. Super responsive. Great guy. Highly recommend.

  14. Review by Tim C.
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    Even though he was on tour, Martin found time to not only deliver, but massively over-deliver. Different melodic options, straight DI and with suggested effects. I feel like he took the time to elevate the tune. Great player, communicator and collaborator.

  15. Review by Danny
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    Martin hit a grand slam tracking again! He knows exactly what the song needs, you need to have him on your team!

  16. Review by Eric
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    Working with Martin is Awesome so enjoyable to work with someone who is passionate about creating and playing music, we've already completed one Awesome Rocker, very much looking forward to the next one, Highly Highly Recommended!!!

  17. Review by Danny
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    Total pro- delivers solid tracks every time! Glad to have Martin be a part of our album, rock on!!

  18. Review by Danny
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    Super easy to work with Martin, great sound and creative track ideas, looking forward to more projects!

  19. Review by Eric
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    Working with Martin was fantastic, Awesome work and professionalism, very much looking forward to the next Smoking Rocker with him!!!

  20. Review by 森 優.
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    Amazing bass player!
    He gave me the coolest sound and great ideas with nice and attentive communications, all things helped me a lot! It was a real pleasure to work with him.
    Thank you Martin, I can't wait to work with you on the next project!

Interview with Martin Motnik

  1. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  2. A: Every component in a signal chain is important, and I believe in "Less is more" since every piece can break or add unwanted noise. I start out with high-quality basses, either my three custom Ritter bass guitars or one of my upgraded Fender basses. Then I use a high-quality cable to go into a Universal Audio LA-610 preamp for a light compression and tube sound, then into an Avid Eleven Rack audio interface which has proven to have a fantastic A/D converter built in. That is connected to my Apple computer on which I run Logic Pro X. Even though I usually deliver a track with a very clean signal so that my client has a great sounding starting point. But I do have a very large collection of plugins if there's a certain effect that requested. I also have a Gallien-Krueger bass setup and a few pedals if that sounds needs it. But these days 95% of all sound requirements can be achieved within the computer, often with better results and non-destructive editing capabilities.

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

  4. A: I often record on songs with musicians such as Frank Zappa's Chad Wakerman or The Aristocrats' Marco Minnemann on drums, and the guitar player often being like Michael Landau. These ultra high-profile players motivate me to always give my best since that's the only way someone deserves to work with people in that league.

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

  6. A: I've been repeatedly booked for demanding songs with lots of timing and/or tempo changes, such as in progressive rock. I also very often get straight rock, pop, and country songs to play on which I do enjoy a lot since I love developing supportive and groovy bass parts.

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  • The Scorpions
Gear Highlights
  • Ritter Custom Basses (Fretted and Fretless)
  • Fender Jazz Bass & Precision basses
  • electric and acoustic upright basses
  • Universal Audio preamp
  • Avid interface
  • Logic Pro
  • extensive collection of plugins
  • Gallien-Krueger amplifiers
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