Heard this while I was skimming through some EDM playlists. It opens up with this kinda acid jazz/funk groove then goes into a thumping 16th note line. Then the slap bass riff in the middle of the tune just sealed it for me, had to cover it.
Let me know what you think in the comments bellow and please toss a like and subscribe to the channel. I’m really back logged on the covers I want to do so hopefully it won’t be another year before I post up something new.
I recorded going through a Darkglass B7K Ultra and a Darkglass Super Symmetry compressor. I tweaked the EQ a bit in Logic and put another compressor on it to even out the attack.
I’ve had this tune on my radar since I first heard it in 2015 and I’ve finally got it polished enough to record and upload. I really dug Zedd’s first studio album, Clarity, and I’m still thinking of a bass cover to do off that album, but this tune got it’s hooks in me from the get go. Had to transcribe it, figure out how to play it, and here it is 🙂
A little info about the process, the song is more or less centered around the C# Mixolydian b13 scale so that helped a lot in figuring out the general shape and, most importantly, the whole back-end of the tune. The slap stuff is more or less standard fare but getting all the accents right and locking in properly with the tune took some work.
For recording, the NS Design Radius 5-string gives a lot of presence so it’s been my go to bass for a long time now. I used the Super Symmetry Bass Compressor from Darkglass Electronics before going into the Apogee Duet and recording in Logic. For VST, I added basic EQ, some more compression, and a SVT amp modeler. Cleaned the audio up a bit with some volume automation and done 🙂
For the video, I use a Sony Action Cam to capture the footage and edit everything in Adobe Premiere.
This tune has been a milestone for me in terms of developing my technique and precision so it’s a great feeling having gotten it this far. I hope I get a chance to perform this live at some point in the near future.
Anyway, thanks for watching. Please like, subscribe, and share 🙂
As much as I wanted to upload this video up on Youtube, i kept getting copyright claims that blocked the video from being viewed publicly. One option was to upload the video without the original track and just have the bass track but it just felt weird watching a 3+ minute video of just bass (I’ll upload the isolated bass track up on soundcloud along with the transcription as soon as I get that cleaned up and with tabs).
So it’s been a while since I posted up a bass cover but leave it to Justice to light a fire under my ass to get this cover up.
At first, this bass line is deceptively simple but it took me a while to really get all the nuances of the slap patterns which just so happens to change almost every time the theme comes around. It’s sooooo good tho. It took me forever to nail this bass line but I never got tired of playing it.
You can check out the rest of the videos I have in the new “Video” section of the site. I have a backlog of bass covers that I’ve transcribed but still yet to record so I’ll do my best to be a bit more consistent with these.
Gotta keep practicing!
PS. Just a little info on the recording process, this was recorded direct through an apogee duet then I applied EQ, compression, and volume automation in Logic.
I’ll have the great pleasure of playing with the talented duo of Kave Kraft. I’ll be filling in the low end for their album release show this 9/22 at the Plough & Stars in Cambridge, MA. Listen to the music and come check out the show, you won’t be disappointed.
Project O.N.S. is a music collective led by Louis Ochoa, one of the preeminent bass players in the Boston area. He has collaborated with a variety of talented musicians in the Boston music scene, including Jamie Lynn Hart and the John Hanifin Band. Since 2012, he has been the bass player for the world-famous rockestral (rock orchestra) group, the Video Game Orchestra.
Project O.N.S. is a three-piece collective that blends the nuances of jazz-fusion with the energy of funk and electronic dance music. Our debut album “Standard Pleasure Model” is available for download on iTunes and CDBaby.
Project O.N.S.started as the brainchild of Louis Ochoa during his final semester at the Berklee College of Music, together with Hiroshi Sembon on drums and Aman Mahajan on Keys. Their debut album – Standard Pleasure Model – is an EP of five original tracks featuring an eclectic fusion of jazz, funk, and drum & bass. Louis Ochoa’s musical repertoire also includes his inspired arrangements, which covers a wide array of genres —from classic funk (Graham Central Station, Stanley Clark) to today’s most popular electronic dance music (Savant, Zedd, The Rogue Element).