Your piece of music needs some low end to make it feel grounded and supported. Maybe that means a 70's funky bass hook, maybe a wall of synthetic fuzz or a bowed double bass. I specialize in popular bass playing and programming and can help you choose the right kind of lower frequency styling for your track or song.
Las Vegas and Los Angeles based musician specializing in bass, guitar, synth elements and programming. Songwriter and Multi-instrumentalist for Grammy nominated Hoobastank 2009-present. Graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music with a BA in Classical Performance; a student of Lawrence Wolfe of Boston Symphony Orchestra and Mark McCormick of the Coast Guard band. Bassist for Giants of Rome, Something Bot Metro and many others in the LA area.
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42 Reviews - 10 Repeat ClientsEndorse Jesse Charland
ANOTHER excellent job by Jesse. Delivered above and beyond (as usual) with multiple takes with all the right variation in them for my track. A remote producer's dream. Hire this man.
Excellent excellent excellent. Jesse is highly professional and highly creative at the same time. Which is hard to find anywhere honestly. Quick, punctual and delivered me some great takes to comp together, that's always a plus. I couldn't be happier, will be a returning customer. Thanks Jesse!
Jesse has played on a handful of my tracks so far - you can see my reviews scattered already throughout his page. He's world class and I keep coming back to him for everything bass. Delivered multiple takes and tone ideas, all of them fantastic which makes my life as a producer fun and focused on creativity rather than stressful and slogging through editing. You rock Jesse.
Jesse was really responsive and easy to work with and had the tracks over to me within 24 hours!
Great professional and would definitely work with him again.
Jesse absolutely nailed the bass parts and tones on my most recent project - THANK YOU Jesse. Can’t wait for the next one!
Jesse is really easy to communicate with and he delivered several beautiful tracks for me to choose from. I’ll definitely use him again for more of my songs.
Jesse is the best! I’m been using him for the majority of my first solo EP, and will continue with him in the future. I send him a song, he sends back his ideas, and in my experience delivers a few with some real heart and thought, and other ideas that are more traditional. If I ask for one specific thing, (which I don’t usually) he delivers. I’ve been super Impressed with his communication, with his delivery, and his imagination. His ideas are always way better than what I was thinking.
Jesse is so easy to work with! Provided several different and clean high quality takes. I look forward to working with him on my next track.
Jesse was wonderful to work with. the musicianship is truly exquisite - tasteful choices across all facets (notes, rhythms, tone, processing).
as a bonus he is a clear communicator who replies promptly and does what he says he will do.
I have a hard time imagining someone not getting more than they hoped for working with Jesse
Jesse went above and beyond. Very professional, great communication and super easy to work with. Very upfront about timelines. He was quick to turn it around, yet very detailed and delivered high quality material.
Jesse did an amazing job for us with several different takes, each with clean/DI and effects options. He nailed it - just what we needed and turned it around incredible fast. Definitely using him for more projects.
Jesse is an awesome, well envisioned artist that goes the extra "100 miles" to get it the best it possible can be; a TRUE PRO which are rare these days!
Jesse is an absolute Gent! and an amazing bassist! this is the second song he has recorded with me and It has exceeded my expectations!
his playing is tight but full of vibe! his recording chain sounds world class and I will be using him for everything from here on out.
I strongly recommend this guy to anyone who wants a great bass track.
I worked with Jesse awhile back on a song and was absolutely blown away by his skills and attention to detail. Had an indie rock tune that needed a killer bass tone and performance and Jesse delivered truly above and beyond. Jesse supplied me multiple takes and included both DIs and amp tones for this song, and all takes we’re spot-on in terms of performance and tone. Everything Jesse did served the song - I am absolutely going to be going to him for bass on my next track, I couldn’t be happier.
This is definitely a go-to artist if you need any modern, fat, fancy or any style of music you need inspiration! super efficient and talented player and arranger that you would love to work with over and over again!
Jesse is my go to man for bass!!! He is so musical and skillful it's sick! I recommend anyone who wants major artist bass for a very reasonable price to hire Jesse!!! And don't forget, he's the bassist for Hoobastank who is an amazing band!!! Thanks so much Jesse!!!
Jesse is a pro. No direction needed in this instance. Sent him my track and he just 'got' it. Played exactly what the song needed, with a perfect tone to match. Gave me various options, too. Highly recommend.
Jesse is absolutely on the money! Top bloke with a a great attitude!
Great player with a keen ear for detail and good taste as far as the sounds he comes up with we are insanely happy with Jesse’s bass lines on our debut single and we have his name firmly at the top of our contacts list for future songs! Big thanks to Jesse he is a top gent!
I'm a professional Music Producer/ Songwriter. I worked with many professionals for many years. Jesse was impressive from the very first message we exchanged. I knew his prior work with his band and he deliver the same great stuff. I was very happy with his work. Very professional at every part of the process. Delivery on time. I will definitively hire Jesse again. 100% recommended.
Interview with Jesse Charland
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Hoobastank "Push Pull". Our latest effort. A chance to really dive into these sound design enthusiasms and have them see the light of day.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Reading more books!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Chris Hesse is a great mixer and a great friend and bandmate! Hit him up for mixing and mastering, I do!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both! because why limit yourself right away because of a dumb prejudice!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I want to make your track really cool and interesting!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Its the one thing that I feel I'm actually good at. I think I have a knack for whatever this wonderful profession is :)
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: When will I have tracks by? Me: Very Soon...
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I'm just a bass player.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is the song about? What are you looking for? Who are your influences for the track idea? What do you expect from be as a provider? Would you need editing?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: If you know what you are looking for, don't be afraid to be specific. If you don't know what you are looking for, don't be afraid to let me try a few off the wall ideas
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A Rhodes An acoustic guitar A cello A microphone some sort of 4 track recorder or small recording device
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been playing exclusively as a career for 15 years. Starting in jazz and classical music in CT and MA area, symphonies and small cocktail ensemble work, in college. Moved to LA to play hip hop and eventually landed with Hoobastank in 2009.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Classically trained, but didn't enjoy the homework. Sort of a music nerd plus rebel. That being said.... usually just a jeans and T shirt kind of guy?
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to really learn modular synthesis. It would be great to work on a project with someone who really has an understanding of synthesis and how to layer for ambient style electronic music. Drone and bleep bloop creators.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: You are only as interesting, musically, as your music collection. Branch out.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock/Pop/beat music
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Bass playing and general low end manipulation.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring myself to the song, I know most people try and serve the song with their playing and I do as well, but I feel that at this point I'm much better at following my gut rather than trying to emulate someones style. Of course I can't hit the ball in the direction of something the client wants, but I can't be someone i'm not. All that being said, I feel I have a strong enough musical vocabulary for a number of situations.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Learn the music by listening through a few times while charting the song if that is needed. Then just pulling up instruments and experimenting unless I know right away what it needs. My first instincts are usually my best choices so I try to follow them as best I can.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Simple two input Focusrite interface into a MAC. DBX compressor and Drawmer Gate. Sansamp RBI rack. Pedals galore, typically not boutique, but modified by myself. Very competent in Logic DAW.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm ever evolving with music. Our world of music making has transformed so much since I first started, where mastering your instrument was king. Now it seems as if the jack of all trades route gets more work done and has a higher satisfaction rate for me these days, so I just follow that. There are professionals in each aspect of this field that raise my bar everyday. Too many to name here. I'm very inspired by "hands on" producers and players, the ones that roll up there sleeves and start turning knobs or really bending sound to fit their taste. Nothing is so sacred that can't be destroyed with a bit-crusher.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Bass and Synth tracks. Generally hired to fill out grooves with sequenced elements and heavy synthetic tones as well as drum programming and beat making. Ambient sounds as well as basic rhodes and piano.