Gary Wicks

Bassist - Upright & Electric

6 Reviews (4 Verified)
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From Quincy Jones to Fitz & The Tantrums; Manhattan Transfer to Matthew Morrison, I’ve been fortunate to work with and learn from legendary artists, musicians and producers as a first call bassist in Los Angeles. I love collaborating and bringing my unique skills to the project! Hit the contact button and lets bring your music to life!

-Take direction well
-Multi-genre experience
-High end/professional basses and recording gear
-Excellent music reading skills
-Prompt communication
-Fast turn around

-Upright Bass
-Electric bass: vintage Fender/modern 5-string/fretless
-BM from New England Conservatory
-MM - USC Thornton School of Music

-Credits include: Quincy Jones, Matthew Morrison, The Manhattan Transfer, John Lloyd Young, Andre Comeau, The New York Voices, John Hendricks, Kevin Mahogany, Monica Mancini, The HawtThorns, Bob Newhart, Joan Rivers, Don Rickles, Regis Philbin, Kathy Lee Gifford, Andre Watts, Jake Armerding, Liam Bailey, Peter Prince, Billy Martin, Fitz & The Tantrums, Stefon Harris, The Percy Faith Orchestra, Western Standard Time Ska Big Band, The Albany Symphony Orchestra, The Berkshire Symphony, various productions of musical theater and many more.

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Bass Reel info: Basses featured: upright, fretless elec, vintage Fender P-Bass, 5-string elec, arco classical bass
Artists featured in reel: Manhattan Transfer, Billy Martin, Andre Comeau, Liam Bailey, Jack Sollecito, Johnny Trama, Peter Prince, Sophisticated Lady Jazz Quartet

Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.


AllMusic verified credits for Gary Wicks
  • The Manhattan Transfer
  • The Manhattan Transfer
  • The Manhattan Transfer
  • Kabir
  • Jake Armerding
  • Dan Rockett
  • Dan Rockett
  • Addison Groove Project
  • Sophisticated Lady
  • Sophisticated Lady Jazz Quartet
  • Charmaine Clamor
  • Gary Wicks
  • Andrew Boyle
  • JJ Kirkpatrick
  • Misha Adair Bigos
  • Gary Wicks
  • Andrew Boyle
  • JJ Kirkpatrick
  • Misha Adair Bigos
  • Gary Wicks
  • Andrew Boyle
  • JJ Kirkpatrick
  • Misha Adair Bigos

6 Reviews - 1 Repeat Client

Endorse Gary Wicks
  1. Review by Jack S.

    This is the second recording session I booked with Gary Wicks. He is the real deal L.A. Session player. His musicianship, recording quality, and attention to detail are hands down second to none.

  2. Review by Jack S.

    Gary Wicks is obviously a highly skilled and knowledgeable upright and electric bassist. His mastery of the form, the musicality of his parts, and his professionalism are all second to none. A top Los Angeles player is right here and accessible.

  3. Review by Ben C.
    by Ben C.

    Amazing speed and quality - really recommend - played by ear really well after I layed a rough bassline.

  4. Review by Brad B.

    Gary was easy to work with, made sure he was delivering what I wanted and turned it around quickly. Great work!

  5. Review by Ben C.
    by Ben C.

    Gary is a consummate professional, and a super nice guy as well. Top notch musicianship and sound quality, and easy to deal with.

  6. Review by LA Hollywood Sax!

    Gary is one of the best bassists I’ve ever worked with! He recorded a 6 minute big band jazz tune from his home studio and his tracks sound as good or better than the major studios. Always sporting a big smile, I’ll always think of Gary for bass work. 7 stars, no, 10 stars!!!

Interview with Gary Wicks

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

  2. A: Sure! Greg Sadler is a fantastic drummer. Jeremy Lappitt is a great saxophonist. Matt Hornbeck is a killer guitarist. Put us all together and you've got a killer band!! Also: Iajhi Hampden (drums); Ben Clarke (bass/producer);

  3. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  4. A: Mix of the two. Analogue workflow.

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

  6. A: How quickly can you get this done? My answer is: when do you need it by? And then I usually deliver it sooner.

  7. Q: How would you describe your style?

  8. A: I'm a versatile player and have spent many years gaining experience, knowledge and gear to support that. I'm a bit of a chameleon. If a client asks for something like Ray Brown; James Jamerson; Tony Levin; Marcus Miller...I feel comfortable in being able to deliver on that request. Recently has a client ask for a Dualists Lipa bass line... done! One take and they didn't want any further tracks.

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

  10. A: I have channel strip presets saved for quick workflow. i.e. Upright bass channel strip is set and ready for immediate tracking. Same for electric bass. After I track, its easy to make quick tweaks/adjustments to fit the particular project at hand.

  11. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  12. A: Great bass tone on any/all basses. You will receive a bass stem that slots right into your mix perfectly. Also, I am a strong reader. Sending well written charts makes the session efficient and enables me to get right to creating musical moments.

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

  14. A: Great bass tone and feel. Vast knowledge of many different bassists and iconic bass lines to draw inspiration and ideas from. If a client is looking for more input, I have the experience to draw upon to offer added insight.

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

  16. A: When a client sends along a track to work on, I start off by listening a few times to get a feel for the music and get into the "zone". If there is no chart provided I will draw up a quick chart for guidance. I am very visual in my process so it helps me to get an over arcing view of the music and help shape my contribution. After that it depends on what the music is and what bass is preferred. I usually send a reference MP3 after a first pass to make sure I am on the right path and to check for any further input or guidance before going any further. Once I know what to do for the part I can execute & deliver quickly.

  17. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  18. A: Logic Pro X; UA Apollo Interface; Remic Studio upright bass mic; Roswell Pro Audio mini K87; Nordstrand Audio Starlifter Preamp/DI; Radial Engineering Bassbone Preamp/DI; various boutique pedals, Full suites of production plug ins/virtual instruments from Fab Filter; IK Multimedia; Melda Productions; Waves; Spitfire Audio; Native Instruments; and more!

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

  20. A: Every colleague I share the stage with inspires me with their talent and work ethic.

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

  22. A: My dad was a bassist and started me when I was young. Music and bass playing has been a constant ever since. I went to the New England Conservatory for classical bass studies while moonlighting in funk, jazz and rock groups. I've lived in a few cities (Boston, LA, London) where I quickly acclimated to the local music scenes. While touring internationally with the Grammy Award winning jazz vocal quartet, The Manhattan Transfer, I earned a Masters degree in Jazz Studies from USC. Now I call LA home and have been fortunate enough to perform and record with many top notch musicians and artists.

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

  24. A: Daniel Lanois...Why? Because....Daniel Lanois!

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

  26. A: I get called on for a lot of jazz and groove music, but feel very comfortable working with singer-songwriters and other more mainstream acts.

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

  28. A: That I play only upright bass and that I play only jazz. I've really worked hard at being as versatile as possible. I really am at home in many genres.

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

  30. A: It's hard to narrow it down...A few highlights: I had a jazz quartet called Sophisticated Lady. We released two albums. Everyone brought originals or arrangements to the project. I have a fair amount of my original compositions featured on the albums. You can hear one sample here on Soundbetter! Also, I toured and recorded with a great artist in the northeast named Peter Prince. On his Album, All This Time, there is a ballad called "Love Is Good". I recorded electric bass as well as a few tracks of arco (bowed) upright bass to create a "string section". That was very artistically satisfying.

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

  32. A: I have a few projects ongoing. I have some clients that I am recording some pop and jazz tracks for. I am also working on some of my own music-when I can carve out some time for it!!

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

  34. A: You will be happy when we are done.

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

  36. A: Creativity.

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

  38. A: What bass do you want? Upright? Electric? Musical there an artist or song that would be a good reference for what they are looking for?

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

  40. A: Be communicative. The more direction and clarity you can provide, the better job I can do delivering what you need!

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

  42. A: My main upright bass; my '69 Fender P-Bass; my guitar; a small amp and my Nordstrand Starlifter Preamp/DI.

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

  44. A: Play bass! More often than not I am asked for the upright bass.

Bass Reel - Gary Wicks

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Terms Of Service

5 day turnaround-depending on the supporting materials. Involved arrangements w/out any chart will take longer and incur an extra charge-will do all I can w/in reason. I want you to be happy!

GenresSounds Like
  • Dua Lipa
  • James Jamerson
  • Ray Brown
Gear Highlights
  • 1800's Upright Bass/Vint.elec's (Fender P's&J/Epiphone hollowbody)/Custom 5-String/Fretless/Nordstrand Starlifter Preamp/DI; Remic Upright Bass Mic
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