Craig Akin

Upright, Electric & Fretless

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I put all my energy into your music to ensure you are happy with the results. I love what I do even after 4,500 gigs and 100+ album credits. For the sake of your career, my career, and good music in general I hold myself to very high standards and guarantee we will work well together no matter what kind of project you are working on.

Professional since completing my Music Education degree in 1997, I am equally adept at upright, electric, and fretless bass. I provide two or three different takes for you to choose or comp.

For upright bass I provide a bass part that elevates your music with a clear, warm, woody tone topped off with excellent rhythm and intonation. I also play with the bow for a lyrical, sustained sound, like a cello but lower in pitch. I record with two mics, one down low for warmth and one high for clarity and attack, plus a direct line for bottom end. I can send you a mix of the bass or the stems.

On electric bass I can sit back in the pocket like Pino Palladino, or play busy on top like Billy Sheehan. I can play simple parts like Carol Kaye or creative and melodic in the style of James Jamerson. I play with fingers, thumb, or pick, roundwounds or flatwounds, fretted or fretless, whatever serves the music best.

I specialize in creating bass parts, improvising melodies, reading standard musical notation, learning new music quickly, achieving great tone, and professionalism.

Fast and courteous communication
Creative & intuitive
NEW client discount! $50 first song (most cases)
I can record VIDEO for your promo
Delivery within 48 hours, ask about same day delivery
Rock, Pop, Soul, Swing, Latin jazz, Motown, R&B, Funk, Bluegrass, Americana

Thank you!

Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

40 Reviews - 6 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by ADOLAR D.
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    Foi a minha música mais popular do projeto bossa nova jazz melody com Dolar Duar e o Craig Akin não perdeu a cor do som. Parabéns Craig Akin!

  2. Review by ADOLAR D.
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    Monalisa bossa nova jazz melody dolar duar 5 estrelas pro Craig Akin.

  3. Review by Hal
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    Craig is great & did an amazing job! Highly recommended!

  4. Review by ADOLAR D.
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    Eu estou sendo bem atendido pelo Craig Akin, parabéns! Cada canção vem com um baixo único rico de melodia e precisão.Tudo que o arrísta precisa.

  5. Review by ADOLAR D.
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    Ok Ok! Craig Akin Fez uma ótima gravação, ja era esperado por sua capacitade de propor um bom gosto na música, saber que a gravação seria difícil sempre a uma espectativa até o resultado final, dai temos o Craig Akin Para essa definição. Parabéns Craig Akin.

  6. Review by ADOLAR D.
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    Grande Bass de Craig Akin! Refinado como sempre,, estou maravilhado pela sessão.

  7. Review by ADOLAR D.
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    Simplesmente espetacular o baixo de Craig Akin na música "Nada Igual" música do projeto bossa nova jazz.. produção de Dolar Duar. Parabéns Craig Akin NY.

  8. Review by ADOLAR D.
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    Craig Craig Akin! Mais uma música espetacular com esse cara! Show.

  9. Review by David Mackay Music
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    Craig provided me with an excellent live recording of an upright bass part I had written for a quirky, whimsical track I was working on.
    He was very quick to respond to my initial enquiry, patient while I prepared the written score for the part, and came through with a professionally performed and recorded end product with a very quick turnaround.
    All round - brilliant, and would highly recommend!

  10. Review by Joe Matzzie
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    Always a breeze working with Craig. He intuitively knows how to find the groove for the song.

  11. Review by ADOLAR D.
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    A cada música que gravo com Craig Akin me impressiono com ele, parece que estamos tocando juntos a tempos, Tudo é muito rápido, tudo é muito prático, tudo se encaixa perfeitamente e isso pro meu projeto bossa nova jazz melody está sendo senssacional. Parabéns Craig Akin.

  12. Review by ADOLAR D.
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    O Cara surpreende a cada música nova, desencadea uma fórmula versátil com seu cliente de carteirinha e é isso que eu sou com o the best bass Craig Akin.. para com o meu projeto Parabéns! E para bens pra nós que temos Craig Akin na SounBetter.

  13. Review by Joe Matzzie
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    Always a pleasure working with Craig. This was for a song with lots of syncopation and I wasn't sure what it needed but Craig found the right groove for it.

  14. Review by Joe Matzzie
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    Craig is great. I think this is my 5th song with Craig on upright bass. The tracks are well recorded and fast.

  15. Review by Leonard R.
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    Craig responded quickly. He gave me some great options, and paid close attention to some of the nuances I wanted. Great to work with him.

  16. Review by Joe Matzzie
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    I've been working with Craig for a while and he's my go to bass player. He played on my own album which I self-produced and now I'm using him for another artist that I'm recording/producing. This time Craig did arco, bow on upright bass and it turned out great.

  17. Review by Joe Matzzie
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    Always a pleasure working with Craig.

  18. Review by Milana Zilnik
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    It was an absolute pleasure to work with Craig! I asked for an upright bass line for my song and within a day he returned with four (!) terrific takes! And also was kind enough to redo one part that was essentially my own fault. I am definitely going to reach out to Craig in my future projects.

  19. Review by Richard Scobie
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    Amazing sound and performance! Craig, nailed it on the first try, with no revisions needed. Such a super talented artist and easy to work with.
    World-class! I highly recommend him. ⭐️

  20. Review by Brice D.
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    Craig is an amazing musician

    His sound is just perfect, I was so happy working with him.

    I highly recommend him, a top pro!!!!

  21. Review by Josh M.
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    Awesome player. Will use again.

  22. Review by Adib Hussin
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    Cant recommend Craig enough! Delivered amazing sounding bass stems within a matter of days. easy to work with and constantly asked if I was satisfied with what was provided. Get him in your projects, ya wont regret it!

  23. Review by Brett the Writer
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    Craig, it was a pleasure working with you! Great work! 5 stars ALL DAY!!!!!

  24. Review by Paul L.
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    It was great working with Craig! He recorded several great basslines for me to use in my dance track.

  25. Review by Jean R.
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    I booked Craig for a track that needs technical qualities and musical taste, and sensibility.He went beyond my desires, combining warm sound, perfect pitch (scarce on double bass) and strict timing. As the advert says... " What else?". Yes, check his youtube channel; a lesson for bass players.

  26. Review by Gabriel S.
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    This guy is amazing.. If you need standup bass, get him, you won't regret it!

  27. Review by James S.
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    Mr. Akin is a consummate pro on the acoustic bass. His fingers move a mile a minute and always find the right note and not sequences. He accepted with grace my suggestion for one small edit and carried it out to perfection. He's a conscientious musician and a good guy to work with.

  28. Review by Bull Funk Studios
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    It was an absolute pleasure working with Craig, he cut the upright bass parts on one of my tracks and it sounded awesome!
    His recording technique on the upright is spot on, gave me a fantastic tone for the upright using 2 mics & DI, he knew exactly where to capture the sweet spot of the bass. Besides the recording, the man is groovy, and he has got such great feel/soul in his playing.His communication is impeccable, and because of that this project was a success.
    Highly recommend this gentleman!

  29. Review by Brice D.
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    Craig is an amazing musician, what he sent me was just perfect!

  30. Review by Robin W.
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    Another stellar job from craig, awesome guy, great playing

  31. Review by Joe Matzzie
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    This is my second time working with Craig. So easy to get a musical great sounding bass track.

  32. Review by Robin W.
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    Craig is an exceptional player with good recording quality and fast turnaround. Couldn't be happier with my work I've done with him, I will definitely recommend and work with him again!

  33. Review by Joe Matzzie
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    I discovered Craig through Soundbetter. He gave me exactly what I needed on my song and more. I will definitely be working with him again.

  34. Review by Rich O.
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    Craig Akin is "the Man"!!!!! another stellar track for one of my songs. Solid interpretation. Great playing and track...fantastic.

  35. Review by Rich O.
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    Once again Craig nailed it with his contribution to my track.
    He had a strong sense of what I was looking for based on our conversation. He provided 3 tracks to chose from.
    Tracks were very well recorded and his playing was stellar.

  36. Review by Rich O.
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    Craig nailed it!!! He added the perfect part for my project. He sent me several takes to chose from as well. The recordings he sent were stellar in quality
    His communication was great as well...
    I highly recommend Craig.

  37. Review by Trent W.
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    Craig was not only lightning quick with his turnaround but sent me a bunch of different tracks to choose from, all of them great. No revisions needed. Really good playing that totally fit the groove of the song to bring things together. Hope to work with again!

  38. Review by Stephen
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    Phenomenal !!!

  39. Review by Ronny Smith
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    Outstanding musicianship!.Kept communication going and was very responsive.

  40. Review by ADOLAR D.
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    Craig Akin foi rápido com a minha música, um verdadeiro especialista no assunto remoto. Gravou um contra baixo com tamanha sutileza e técnica propondo uma ideia exata do som no meu projeto.. obrigado Craig!

Interview with Craig Akin

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

  2. A: Anytime I overdub bass parts from home and the client is happy then I'm proud. When I track with a full band in the studio I get involved in the production unless I detect too many cooks in the kitchen. In other words I engage with the team and help keep the vibe and music great, as opposed to "clocking in" and checking out.

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

  4. A: Creating bass parts for a project and elevating it sonically, anchoring the music because to me bass is the foundation of sound.

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

  6. A: Anybody can play bass. While this is true on some level it's not necessarily easy to create good parts for any situation, with great sound, feel, rhythm, and intonation. That takes a lot of practice and years of experience.

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

  8. A: I like any production notes a client may have. Where do you want me to begin recording? Where do you want me to solo if any? Do you want upright, electric, or fretless? Do you prefer a simple part or more melodic? Do you have a reference example I can listen to?

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

  10. A: I started on piano age six and age 12 I began trumpet. In high school I played trumpet and jazz guitar. In college I continued on trumpet and guitar then eventually only bass. Soon I was a first call upright and electric bass player in Kansas City and began playing full time in 1997. For ten years I average 270 gigs/year and moved to NYC in 2007. I have been touring, recording, overdubbing from home since.

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

  12. A: I like artists who are also highly skilled musicians such as Stevie Wonder. Artists who are musicians can speak the language, know what they want and how to communicate it.

  13. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  14. A: My strongest skill would be my musical intuition, knowing what to play and what not to play at any given moment.

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

  16. A: Take a look at my youtube channel "Craig Akin on bass", my website craigakin.com, my facebook music page " "Craig Akin on bass" so you can be sure I'm a good fit for you. Listen to examples and watch videos.

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

  18. A: I bring a unique signature to a song whether it's a simple three chord or more complex. My sound is a creative blend of jazz, funk, motown, blues, folk. My 1860 upright bass has an excellent tone with plenty of sustain and growl.

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

  20. A: I work on making videos of solo bass for my solo bass record, youtube channel, website, facebook, and Instagram. Audio in Logic and video in DaVinci. I also live stream solo bass from time to time on Facebook via OBS.

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

  22. A: I am easy and flexible to work with. I will revise my part until you get what you want.

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

  24. A: Clients ask if I like their project and is it in my wheelhouse. The answer is always yes.

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

  26. A: My 1860 German upright bass, my frankenstein Fender fretless jazz bass, my '73 Fender P bass, computer/mics/interface.

  27. Q: How would you describe your style?

  28. A: My playing is creative and adventurous, a blend of jazz, funk, soul, motown, blues. I play melodic bass parts or simple parts when the music calls for it. And I'm always ready to improvise.

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

  30. A: Surround yourself and create with great pros that are passionate, experienced, and easy to work with.

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

  32. A: I have mostly recorded with singer/songwriters of many types; pop, folk, rock, etc...

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

  34. A: When I receive a song file I listen through to learn the song or write out a chart. Then I get to work recording, simple as that.

  35. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  36. A: Not a fancy setup but I find the sound and results are what matters. I use Logic Pro X, have an assortment of condenser mics, and Pro Tools interface.

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

  38. A: I'm inspired by anyone creating original music. I'm also inspired by bass players of all kinds. When I need to lift my mood I listen to Bach, jazz, heavy metal, whatever I'm feeling.

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

  40. A: I overdub bass onto existing projects. Could be upright, electric, or fretless. Sometimes a client will send me a track with piano and vocals, sometimes a track with drums and guitar. Whatever the situation I'm able to deliver the goods professionally.

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I provide two or three takes. Turnaround time is generally 2 days, inquire about same day turnaround. Revisions are no problem, I want you to get what you want.

GenresSounds Like
  • Bonnie Raitt
  • John Scofield
  • Bob Dylan
Gear Highlights
  • 1880 German upright bass
  • 1960 Juzek upright
  • '73 Fender P bass
  • fretless Fender P bass
  • '67 Harmony H22 hollowbody
  • many others.
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  • I'm ready and setup for the spring! Give me a shout and let's make some music!Nov 08, 2021