Session Bassist

I record upright, electric and fretless bass for artists, producers, bands and beatmakers all over the world.

Want to work on a project together? Click here!

Hey, I'm Hugh Richardson. I'm a pro recording bassist from London, UK. It's an awesome job that I love.

However, what a lot of artists, producers and beatmakers haven't loved in the past is how expensive hiring people like me has been. 

Why has it been so expensive? 

Here goes.

As well as paying the bassist they've had to pay for a studio and a recording engineer which has made the cost of recording even one song astronomical.

So what's been the result of all these extra costs?

Frankly, small artists and composers haven't been able to get real players to record their music.

They've had to settle for bad midi mockups that made their music sound awful.

However, things have now changed.

In 2015 I set up my remote recording studio and I've been recording bass from there ever since.

No paying for studio hire. No paying for recording engineers. No unnecessary costs that run your project into the ground.

Just great bass lines that make your music stand out from the crowd at a price you can afford.

So whether you're a singer-songwriter that needs some soft acoustic bass, a metal band who wants earth-shattering riffs or a producer just looking for a simple line to glue your track together, I'd love to hear from you and talk about your next project.

Click below to email me, tell me about your next project and we can have a no-obligation discussion about whether I'd be right for your music.

 

Music I've Played On

Here's a small collection of music that has been recorded either at my home studio or that I've recorded in other studios.

 

Bat Out Of Hell The Musical Cast Album

Electric Bass

The cast album for Bat Out Of Hell The Musical was recorded during live shows at the Manchester Opera House and the London Coliseum in 2017.

 

Journeys Guitar Backing Tracks

Electric Bass

In late 2018 I had the pleasure of recording half the song catalogue for this excellent online guitar tuition service. 

Sadly I can't embed the songs here but you can hear clips of them by clicking below.

All songs were recorded at Livingston Studios in North West London.

 

The Rhythm Of Life - Joanna Forest

Electric Bass

In 2019 I recorded electric bass parts for Joanna's second album "The Rhythm Of Life'.

The album went straight to number one on Amazon's Classical Best Sellers chart on its release and in 2020 won "Best Children's Album" at the Clouzine International Music Awards.

All electric bass parts for the album were recorded at my home studio.

 

Kings, Queens & Jokers - Magazine Gap

Electric Bass

I love working with independent artists and bands. In 2014 I had the pleasure of recording this song with UK based indie rock band "Magazine Gap". The song went on to gain over 104,000 views on YouTube and has been featured on their 2020 album "What's That About".

 

Falling Up Cover - Ben Witherstone

Electric Bass

In 2020 I had the pleasure of working alongside Ben Witherstone (Guitar) and Lucas Parlato (Drums) for Ben's excellent cover of Alenn Hinds' "Falling Up".

This was recorded from my home studio.

 

Want to talk about working together on your next project? Click the contact button below!

If you want more info on the services I offer click the services button.

 

What I Can Do For You

These are the three problems I can solve for you but if you've got something more specialised in mind then feel free to email me. I'm always keen to try something new!

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Electric Bass

I will record up to 15 minutes of electric bass for you. Included are two revisions of the parts I record for you. One of these sessions is enough to record bass on every track of a 3 - 4 song EP. All parts can be recorded with a range of DI's, amps, amp VST's, clean or a blend of any of the above.

Fretless Bass

I will record up to 15 minutes of fretless bass for you. Included are two revisions of the parts I record for you. One of these sessions is enough to record bass on every track of a 3 - 4 song EP. All parts can be recorded with a range of DI's, amps, amp VST's, clean or a blend of any of the above.

Upright/Acoustic Bass

I will record up to 15 minutes of upright bass for you. Included are two revisions of the parts I record for you. One of these sessions is enough to record bass on every track of a 3 - 4 song EP. I can provide recordings with a DI, a mic or a blend of the two.

 

Want to talk about working together on your next project? Click the contact button below!

To read reviews from previous clients click the testimonials button. 

 

Client Testimonials

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"Hugh is a phenomenal bassist and even more importantly an absolute pleasure to work with, going above and beyond to ensure you are truly happy with the result"

Joseph Stevenson - Composer

"I can't recommend Hugh highly enough. He is a consummate professional. We hired him for an eclectic, long term recording project of songs from multiple genres. He was always well prepared and adaptable with a positive attitude. He always has the right sounds, equipment and plays to such a consistently high standard take after take"

Tom Shepherd - Product Owner At Journeys/ABRSM

"A great player, communicator, very easy going and so easy to work with. Hugh is always willing to go the extra mile to make a project sound special"

Robert Emery - MD for Bat Out Of Hell The Musical/Producer  for Joanna Forest

"PEOPLE !!! Here he is a great bass player.
Quick, precise, clear, correct. A gentleman.
Enjoyed working together!!!"

Fred M via Soundbetter.com

 

Contact Me

I'd love to speak with you about your next project. Use the email address below to contact me for a no-obligation discussion about working together.

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