Seasoned electric bassist with extremely broad experience in different genres of music with a pull towards metal music and rougher bass tones. Decent DSLR camera in possession for potential video recordings! Also a composer, audio engineer, arranger and a multi-instrumentalist (also vocalist) to add to the scope of musical grasp for your benefit!
I'm a Finnish bassists, composer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist with over 10 years of recording, gigging and composing experience. As a bassist I specialize in technical metal music, but I appreciate all genres of music and have played and recorded a wide range of styles from Finnish folk music to death metal and from funk to pop music. I'm currently an active member of symphonic metal band Anthriel in which I play bass and sing backing vocals.
My compositions have been heard on Finnish television series, short films and commercials, and they range from modern disco to classic orchestral music. I have also made numerous arrangements and music productions for individual customers over the years.
I record all tracks through Focusrite Scarlett 18i20. Bass recordings are by default delivered on two tracks; one with a clean DI and one with my personal tones I chose for the song. I have fretted and fretless basses to choose from. I play mainly finger style, but I am proficient with a pick and slap.
This Musician-package comes with 8 years of studies in the art of professional musicianship and music pedagogy.
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19 Reviews - 4 Repeat ClientsEndorse Antti Horttana
Amazing work by Antti. Such a versatile bass player! Really like working with him and will definitely hire him to do the next song.
Wow. Just wow. Antti is an incredible bass player. His style, his sound, everything we were looking for! Definitely hiring him for the next song.
Great bass player. Very pleasant and professional. Always happy to do it again!
Antti is a great musician and a brilliant man to work with! Powerful and emotional performance, quick response and very smooth communication!
Moreover - I have the feeling, that our project POLAR SEA has found the like-minded person, we were looking for so long…
Looking forward to starting a new work with Antti.
What a legend. Always a pleasure to work with
Antti is a professional I can rely on for a solid sounding bass with a solid turnaround time.
Thanks, Antti! Great work and much appreciated. You're a real professional!
5/5: Would hire again!
Antti is a real pro: very high committment, technically sublime, and a good guy to round things off. If I'll ever need a freelance bassist again, I'm gonna ask Annti first, without a doubt, and you should too!
Best bass player!
Amazing bass player!
Just amazing as always - thanks, Antti!
Antti is the real deal - it's an outstanding experience working with him! Highly recommended!
Antti is the real deal - it's the second song we recorded with him, and rhythmically it was way more complex than our other songs. Not a problem for Antti - on the contrary: He added some scales into the song complementing the guitar harmonics making it sound even better.
Will record with him again - thanks, Antti!
It's been amazing working with Antti - he finished the track a week earlier (!) than expected, and he even went the extra mile giving suggestions and adding his flavor to give the song some additional bass punch.
One of the best experiences I had so far on Soundbetter - highly recommend Antti!
Antti is an extremely gifted musician, a very reliable contractor and a really nice guy. I will hire him again, and you should too!
Antti is definitely one of the best bass players I've had the pleasure to work with! His tone and skills are just beyond perfect! I can't recommend him highly enough!
Very trained and skilled bass player! I really recommend him, working with him is breeze and broadly meets your expectations!
I know Antti as a great bassist. I've collaborated with him a few times and always been happy with what he comes up with. He is technically very skilled & knowledgeable in music theory. Great person to work with! I highly recommend him for all your bass needs.
I make metal, and Antti is wonderful to collaborate with - he communicates in excellent musical language and keeps things moving forward. He is dependable and fun-loving. Plays with conviction, pockets tightly and brings HUGE creative ideas. Highly recommended for progressive, djent, metalcore, any modern metal style.
I was happy to use Antti's mix-ready tone in my recent release. He negotiates very respectfully about bass tone and its role in your mix, and communicates easily for tweaks. Also, want a totally nuts bass solo in your track? You better be ready!
Interview with Antti Horttana
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love to be part of the process of creating something new, and something that means something to people. I have strong pull towards making other peoples visions come true.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Matias Lehtoranta is a very good friend of mine, and a superb guitarist and studio engineer.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I have respect for analog for being the first and it still works better in some cases. But digital workflow is just so much more flexible that I choose digital over analog.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I usually like to know all the technical requirements (sample rates, bit rates and such), and if there are any tonal and musical preferences by which he/she would like me to work towards. We would discuss the deadlines and how we would best communicate and all this kind of stuff. Nothing too complicated, I'm not gonna ask the square root of 2. :D
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Know what you want from a player like me, but don't be afraid to consult the provider if you want some outer perspective from him/her. Come prepared with good quality demo materials or guidelines on which we can work efficiently and do the best possible product.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My Halla Custom Instruments bass, Sansamp Bass Driver DI, Darkglass B7k and Line6 Pod HD500x. And PC to play along some of my favourite songs. :D
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been doing this for over 10 years now. I have played with different rock and metal bands since 2007 and have toured with multiple party and dance orchestras to make my living from the year 2010. Mixing and composition have been major part as a "career" since 2013.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Like I mentioned in one of the earlier questions, I like to play hard. That would be "my signature style". But like I said in the same answer; I always mold myself to fit the concept as well as I can.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Just to name one group it would be crazy to work with any of the top notch metal bands these days. But of course I would be super excited to work with any inspired artists I could come across.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: L3 action is good choise for mixing crispy bass tones.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Really hard question. My bass clients usually are towards metal music, but compositionwise there are no "usuality".
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I have deep understanding of the big picture in music. I understand the basics of different roles that instruments have in music, but am not afraid to break the norms. Bass playingwise my I'm at my strongest with crunchy riffs, grispy tones and technical playing. I'm passionate towards distorted bass tones, and have used countless hours noodling and trying to create as musical distortion tones as possible. I get excited anytime anyone offers me a line to play that I'm unable to play right away. There haven't been many recently. :D
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: When we talk about bass recordings, I really love to bring deep rhythmic web that works as a glue between percussion instruments and the rest of the orchestra or band. I like to play the bass super hard and percussive (doesn't mean slapping), and here in Finland between my colleagues I carry quite a reputation, and when talking about aggressive bass playing they sometimes use my name to describe the style. But of course I always use common sense and musicality to choose the aggressiveness and touch with which to play each song and each part.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I usually record basses for clients as a DI and reamp them using products from Line6, Darkglass, MXR, Sansamp, TC-electronics and so on... When I compose or arrange, I usually start by trying out fitting soundscapes using plugins from Native Instruments, IK Multimedia and such. Just trying to get a spark and then build on that.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: For recordings I use my trusty Focusrite 20i18 soundcard. It's connected to my PC in which I use Cubase and sometimes Reaper as my DAW. As monitors I use Yamaha HS5 series accompanied by HS8S to rumble the low register.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I really like what Nolly Getgood does with mix productions and also with the bass. I'm a huge signal manipulation fan, so I follow his journey with the Darkglass Electronics closely and most of the time with a drooling mouth. :D I also am a fan of many movie composers for their different view on composing. They give many ideas for production of musical elements in my songs. When talking about bands and ensembles, there are loads of them. I'm not currently super fan of any, but I like to draw many small inspirations from many sources. To say some examples there are Dream Theater, Symphony X and Periphery, but also Bruno Mars, Unexpect, Michael Jackson, Pekka Pohjola, Billy Cobham, Twelve Foot Ninja, Diablo Swing Orchestra.. just to name a few!
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most common type of musical work I do is record basses for various kinds of music styles. Close second comes composing songs for advertisements and making arrangements for other peoples compositions.