Session Bassist/Guitarist

100 Reviews (98 Verified)
BrandonMeeksMusic on SoundBetter

I've played bass or guitar on nearly 300 independent recordings and can be seeing playing bass with Don Cheadle in the movie Miles Ahead.

I am expert in jazz, hip hop and soul music. If you need someone who can record bass guitar or upright bass in these genres I'm ready to work with you. I have been playing bass professionally for over 15 years and will do justice to your music. Some of my influences and inspiration include great bass players such as James Jamerson, Raphael Saadiq, Pino Palladino, Marcus Miller, Derrick Hodge and Thundercat.

In my time as a session musician I've worked on nearly 300 songs for various independent artists and producers and gotten overwhelming positive reviews and 5 star ratings. Contact me today. I'd love to know about your songs so we can get started. Here's how I will help you get your songs done:

- Fast turnaround (normally within 3 business days)

- Ability to play your music with feeling

- I listen and take direction well

- Very detail-oriented and will play your bass or guitar part correctly

Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.

100 Reviews - 24 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Tamon_Takahashi

    He responded very quickly, and his playing was excellent.
    He sensed what I wanted to express and reflected it in his playing beautifully.
    I would work with him again! Thank you so much.

  2. Review by Thomas A.

    Brandon is a monster! He's an excellent musician who just get's it. Your record is in great hands with him.

  3. Review by Shadik N.

    A charismatic bass player. Very creative with a fresh and interesting style. It definitely wasn't what i was expecting, it really brings a uniqueness to the music. You want a bass player with character this is him. Thanks Dylan Wissing suggested him for my song. It's like a 1-2 punch.

  4. Review by VIA
    by VIA

    Wonderful bass recordings! Really brought my song to life! Effective communication, pro work ethic! Looking forward to future collaborations!

  5. Review by DeAndre F.

    Best bass player that I've had the pleasure of working with. Hands down!

  6. Review by Karin L.

    Brandon is fantastic to work with. He gives lots of personality to his bass lines and delivers very fast. Amazing experience and highly recommended!

  7. Review by George
    by George

    Awesome job!! Basslines were so good. Professional all the way!

  8. Review by Daniel M.

    Brandon is a consummate professional and went above and beyond in delivering some seriously amazing basslines - definitely plan to work with Brandon again in the future!

  9. Review by DeAndre F.

    Best best player around. I knew from the beginning that he would be my go to guy! I heard 4 seconds of his playing and was completely left speechless. He has soul, flavor and also adds a consistent musical element that puts the music on a different stratosphere.

  10. Review by Drue D.

    Quick, affordable, engaged and extremely professional. He delivered EXACTLY what I needed to complete this track. Seriously, if bass lines are what you need, this is your guy!!!

  11. Review by Cory K.

    Working with Brandon is incredible. He gave us options to play with including some things we didnt even know we needed. Really a producers dream scenario to edit with. His playing is precise and expressive. Super responsive to collaborate with and already working together on another track!

  12. Review by Michael P.

    Great, fast and efficient. Exactly what I asked for in a very timely manner. Will definitely work with Brandon again.

  13. Review by Roman Styx

    Excellent work again! Thank you so much!

  14. Review by Rohan
    by Rohan

    Amazing to work with ....pretty much nailed the vibe on his first try and a small tweak he responded right away with the adjustment and was done so fast very talented. :D

  15. Review by Wyatt S.

    Brandon gave me exactly what I was looking for. Definitely will be coming back for more bass from him.

  16. Review by DjKai
    by DjKai

    I ask this brother to put his energy to it and he delivered,not one but three version,I have to take off my hat to him for sharing his passion.

  17. Review by Jeff D.

    Brandon was Awesome to work with. Delivered exactly what my song needed.

  18. Review by Seymour

    Great work - understood what the song needed and delivered it first time.

  19. Review by Damien F.

    5 stars
    Like everytime with Brandon

  20. Review by Jerry
    by Jerry

    Brandon listened to what we needed and delivered multiple takes quickly and with great artistry and skill. Highly recommend!

Interview with BrandonMeeksMusic

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

  2. A: I simultaneously released 2 original albums in October 2016. One is a straight-ahead jazz project and the other is instrumental hip hop. With both albums I handled the writing and production of all the music as well as art direction, design, marketing and release. The sense of accomplishment from putting these projects out on my own is one of the best feelings I've ever had.

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

  4. A: I'm currently working on a hip hop album with my band Native Sun. This will be our 3rd release. We're adding a lot of new elements to our sound and I'm excited to see our progress as a group.

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

  6. A: My promise is I will give you quality work that exceeds your expectations.

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

  8. A: The thing I like most about my job is that it's not a job. I love making music and it's just what I do. I most enjoy being able to provide for my family by pursuing my passion at the same time.

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

  10. A: Customers most often ask if I can play the particular style they are looking for. I always say yes even if it means I have to do a bit of research to get a handle on what the music needs.

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

  12. A: The biggest misconception about the work I do is that it's easy. This is understandable because professional musicians are supposed to make it look easy. Behind the scenes, to be a good session musician takes a high level of discipline even beyond that of a performance musician.

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

  14. A: I usually ask for basic direction so I have an idea of the sound my client is going for.

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

  16. A: If I were on a dessert island I would just need an acoustic guitar unless somehow the island had electricity. Then I'd have my MacBook, a 25 key MIDI controller, and audio interface and my bass.

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

  18. A: I've been playing bass professionally since around 2000. I started doing a gig here and there in college and as my network grew and I gradually built a base of support large enough to earn a full time income with music.

  19. Q: How would you describe your style?

  20. A: My style is very soulful and rooted in the black gospel music and the blues. It's a combination of James Jamerson, Marcus Miller and Meshell Ndegeocello.

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

  22. A: I would love to work with Stevie Wonder. He has so much depth and was a major figure in one of the most important movements in American music. There is so much I could learn from him.

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

  24. A: Drums are everything. The key to having a good production is having a drum sound that is just right.

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

  26. A: I usually work on pop, hip hop and jazz music.

  27. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  28. A: My strongest skill is listening. I'm able to dissect the music I hear and understand what needs to played on my instrument and how to make it interact with the other sounds that are happening.

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

  30. A: I bring personality to everything I record. I play with a lot of conviction and I intend for my playing to inspire an emotional response in the listener.

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

  32. A: When starting a new bass or guitar track, the first thing I do is listen carefully to the music and vibe to it. From there I'll grab my instrument and start jamming along to come up with ideas for my part. Once I have something that sounds cool I begin recording. After I have a take that I like, I listen to it a few times to make sure there are no mistakes. I also look for spots that I can improve before sending it back to the client.

  33. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  34. A: I use Ableton Live 9 with a MacBook Air. I have a Fender Road Worn 60's Jazz Bass that I record through a FocusRite Audio interface. I also have an Epiphone Dot Studio guitar for recording electric guitar tracks.

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

  36. A: A few musicians that inspire me the most are Stevie Wonder, Raphael Saadiq, Q-Tip, Marcus Miller and J Dilla.

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

  38. A: I mostly record bass tracks for my clients. Many times people will allow me to compose an original bass part for their music. I carefully study every song I receive in order to give the music just what it needs.

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- 5 day delivery time
- 1 revision available at no extra cost
- Please provide song BPM with order

GenresSounds Like
  • Marcus Miller
  • Pino Palladino
  • Robert Glasper Experiment
Gear Highlights
  • Fender Road Worn 60 Jazz Bass
  • Ableton Live 9
  • FocusRite Audio Interface
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