Jesse Charland

Melt your face with this B:ass

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Bassist for Hoobastank 2009-present. Something Bot Metro. Countless sessions in the LA-LV area. The goal is to write and record low end hooks that can help a song reach a higher potential. ....plays well with others.

Las Vegas 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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  • Hoobastank
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46 Reviews - 12 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Daniel F.
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    This was the best experience I had with a bass player hands down.

  2. Review by Bradley S.
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    Jesse did a great job. He took my existing line to the next level and gave me 4 takes very quickly to choose from. Looking forward to working with him again.

  3. Review by Steven K.
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    Excellent, timely and cool bassist. Just had to work with him again. I’ll always leave with a recommendation. Give Jesse a shot!

  4. Review by Steven K.
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    Jesse is an excellent collaborator and an expert at all he does. This was my second time having him create bass for a song. Legendary, legendary. He provided me with some great options I could comp in to my session. Good good stuff. Thanks for it all! Will be returning.

  5. Review by Ty
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    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.

  6. Review by Steven K.
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    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!

  7. Review by AZ
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    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.

  8. Review by Simon W.
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    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.

  9. Review by AZ
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    Jesse absolutely nailed the bass parts and tones on my most recent project - THANK YOU Jesse. Can’t wait for the next one!

  10. Review by Eric S.
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    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.

  11. Review by JayHoney
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    Fantastic!!

  12. Review by Jay Honey
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    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.

  13. Review by Richard Michael Hancock
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    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.

  14. Review by james g.
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    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

  15. Review by Ryan J.
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    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.

  16. Review by Chris J.
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    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.

  17. Review by Julian P.
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    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!
    Julian

  18. Review by Underwolfe
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    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.

  19. Review by AZ
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    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.

  20. Review by 孫紹庭
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    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!

Interview with Jesse Charland

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

  2. 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.

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

  4. A: Reading more books!

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

  6. A: Chris Hesse is a great mixer and a great friend and bandmate! Hit him up for mixing and mastering, I do!

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Both! because why limit yourself right away because of a dumb prejudice!

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

  10. A: I want to make your track really cool and interesting!

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

  12. 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 :)

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

  14. A: When will I have tracks by? Me: Very Soon...

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

  16. A: I'm just a bass player.

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

  18. 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?

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

  20. 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

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

  22. A: A Rhodes An acoustic guitar A cello A microphone some sort of 4 track recorder or small recording device

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

  24. 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.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. 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?

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

  28. 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.

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

  30. A: You are only as interesting, musically, as your music collection. Branch out.

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

  32. A: Rock/Pop/beat music

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: Bass playing and general low end manipulation.

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

  36. 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.

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

  38. 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.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. 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.

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

  42. 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.

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

  44. 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.

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Dont Look Away by Hoobastank

I was the Song-writer (music), bass, guitar, synth in this production

Terms Of Service

Up to 5 revisions are typically OK, more time spent may require pay increase. Turn around time 3-5 days, typically for 1-3 instruments. Time allowance may vary depending on availability and request.

GenresSounds Like
  • Hoobastank
  • Giants of Rome
  • Nine Inch Nails
Gear Highlights
  • ErnieBall MusicMan Endorsing artist. Fender P-bass American Deluxe
  • Ernie Ball Musicman Sabre/Caprice/Gamer Changer
  • Fender Telecaster
  • Logic DAW
  • Large FX pedal collection
  • Various GK amps and cabinets
  • Juzek copy 1950s doublebass
  • Acoustic Guitar
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