Martin Motnik

Session Bass Player

7 Reviews (6 Verified)
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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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7 Reviews - 1 Repeat Client

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  1. Review by Danny
    by Danny

    Absolute pro- he nailed it on the first try, very happy with the results!

  2. Review by Julian P.

    Amazingly cool guy & greatly gifted to write/create the purrrrfect track to really enhance ones song or be it opus. I shall continue to work with Martin as he is a true pro, which is rare these days!

    -of a Broken Heart

  3. Review by Tommy G.

    Martins review section is going to be filled with very satisfied reviews from me! I don't know who the rest of you guys are working with,,, but if you are skipping over this guy,, you are missing out!

  4. Review by Tommy G.

    It is always great working with Martin! True pro, with an amazing sound, and feel for doing just what the song needs! If you want the best bass tracks out there, this is the guy for the job!

  5. Review by Antony Venneri (Shiny Glide)

    Excellent sound,very professional and soulful bass player

  6. Review by Tommy G.

    Martin, is a Pro in every sense of the term! Not only did he deliver killer electric bass tracks for my project, he also brought a great enthusiasm towards making my song sound its very best. Martin, wasted no time getting started, and had multiple versions for me choose from in record time! Each version was excellent and well thought out. Not only did I get amazing high quality tracks, I got the taste, style, and skill set that truly comes from a professional musician!!!

  7. Review by Ronni L.

    He delivered superb bass-tracks. A real nice guy. Does the job quick and easy. This was one of the best experiences I've had regarding music.
    Highly, highly recommended


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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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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