Bass Cam Video – Headlights Live

Live from Sam’s Burger Joint with Lucas Jack in November 2015. I recorded and mixed this live cut of “Headlights” by Lucas Jack.

 

Credits: words, music by Lucas Jack. Piano and Vocal; Lucas Jack, Guitar; Matt Zavala, Bass; James Tommey, Drums; Mike Gomez.

A tribute to Louis Johnson

While at Berklee one of my favorite classes was a slap bass lab taught by Anthony Vitti. In the first couple of weeks of the class we focused on a bass player who I hadn’t heard of before but I was blown away by his style and groove. That bass player was Louis Johnson and I have been obsessed with his slap playing ever since. He started out in the 1970’s with his own band called The Brothers Johnson and went on to play on some of the most influential records of the 1980’s including Michael Jacksons “Thriller”.

 

Anyway, he passed away last week and it got me listening to and playing some of his licks. So here is a quick snippet of the intro and verse of “Ain’t we funkin now”. Enjoy!

Demo Reel (2016)

Here is a sampling of my work bass playing, producing, mixing and mastering. Each track brings out a unique aspect of my craft from the live radio performance with Cari Hutson to the polished Pop studio track “Stay”.

 

In addition to playing bass on all tracks I mixed and mastered “Headlights” and produced “Here with You”.

Careers in Music

I recently participated in a careers panel at the Sanger Learning and Career’s center at the University of Texas here in Austin. It contains some great advice from Music professionals here in Austin including myself, a music supervisor, SXSW coordinator, a booking agent and a music teacher. So if you we’re ever interested in how people get into careers in music and the music industry take a look: