BRYAN BELLER


Bryan Beller has maintained a multi-faceted career as a bassist, composer, solo artist and clinician for over 25 years, earning his reputation as a uniquely talented yet supremely tasteful team player for instrumentally-minded artists. In the power super-trio The Aristocrats (with uber-players Guthrie Govan on guitar and Marco Minnemann on drums) he’s a part of one of the hottest acts in rock/fusion today; their newest release You Know What…? is slated to drop in the summer of 2019. He’s been Joe Satriani’s touring bassist since 2013, marking three trips around the world and counting. He was Steve Vai’s choice for the 2009 live CD/DVD Where The Wild Things Are, and he also toured and recorded in the “band” Dethklok, a tongue-in-cheek extreme metal band borne of the hit Cartoon Network “Adult Swim” show Metalocalypse. He’s been a musical partner of freak/genius guitarist Mike Keneally (Frank Zappa) for over 20 years and 10 albums. On his own, Beller’s released three solo albums (2003’s View, 2008’s Thanks In Advance, and 2011’s Wednesday Night Live) and an Alfred instructional DVD to widespread acclaim. His first new solo studio work in over 10 years – an epic-scale progressive concept double album, entitled Scenes From The Flood – is set for a Fall 2019 release. As a pure player, a composer, a masterclass clinician, a former Contributing Editor for Bass Player Magazine, and a former VP of SWR bass amps, Bryan Beller brings a holistic perspective to the world of bass, and music.

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Bryan Beller has maintained a frenetic, multi-faceted career as a bassist, composer, solo artist, writer and clinician for over twenty-five years.

Beller’s reputation as a uniquely talented yet supremely tasteful team player for adventurous instrumentally-minded artists is clearly evidenced in his work for some of the industry’s top names. He’s been Joe Satriani’s touring bassist since 2013, notching three world tours and several cuts on Satch’s 2015 release Shockwave Supernova. Beller’s also the bassist of the rock/fusion super-trio The Aristocrats (with uber-players Guthrie Govan on guitar and Marco Minnemann on drums), one of the hottest acts in the genre today. The Aristocrats released six critically acclaimed albums in five short years, with their sixth (You Know What…?) on the way in 2019. Their three successful world tours even included joining Satriani and Steve Vai for a G3 run in Europe. This high profile work has landed Beller on the pages of numerous music magazines, including cover features in Bass Player and Bass Musician magazines.

As a solo artist, Beller’s most current effort is the epic-scale modern progressive double concept album Scenes From The Flood. Set for a 2019 release, the massive 2CD/2LP work employs an all-star cast of 26 musicians to explore themes of ambition and loss, intentionality and reality, hope and disillusionment, and uses every second of its 18-song, 88-minute running order to tell an emotionally consuming and unforgettable musical story. Before then, Beller released his debut solo album View in late 2003 to widespread acclaim, earning the monthly feature in Bass Player Magazine (“…it’s a thrill to witness an artist like Beller find his voice with such a self-assured debut…”). His second album Thanks In Advance (2008) garnered even more critical praise (“…a bonafide entry for bass album of the year” – Chris Jisi, Bass Player Magazine). Beller’s first live album Wednesday Night Live – a raw, powerful, intimate document of his 2010 touring lineup playing the world-famous Baked Potato in Los Angeles – was released in 2011 on both CD and DVD. His first instructional DVD, Mastering Tone And Versatility, was released by Alfred Publishing in early 2012, and he’s a featured artist on the instructional website Jamplay.com.

Beller’s additional sideman gig experience includes being Steve Vai’s choice for the 2009 live CD/DVD Where The Wild Things Are, a tour-de-force document of the six-piece Vai live band Beller anchored on bass in 2007. He’s also toured with the “band” Dethklok, a tongue-in-cheek extreme metal band borne of the hit Cartoon Network “Adult Swim” show Metalocalypse; Beller’s tracked on the last two Dethklok releases (Dethalbum III; The Doomstar Requiem) and has joined the band for three nationwide tours to date, alongside metal monsters Mastodon and Machine Head, among others. And he’s been a musical partner of freak/genius guitarist Mike Keneally (Frank Zappa) for over 17 years and 10 albums.

Beller’s 16-year span as a freelance writer includes cover stories on bass luminaries such as Justin Chancellor (Tool), Christian McBride, Alex Webster (Cannibal Corpse) and Chris Wolstenholme (Muse), as well as a landmark cover feature on the state of heavy metal bass involving ten different interviews. In 2010, Beller interviewed former Governor of Arkansas and 2008 Republican Presidential candidate (and part-time bassist) Mike Huckabee for Bass Player Magazine. He’s also interviewed a veritable who’s who of the modern bass world: Jonas Hellborg, Victor Wooten, John Patitucci, Lee Sklar, Neil Stubenhaus, Jay DeMarcus (Rascal Flatts), Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Beck, Nine Inch Nails), Bill Laswell, Jimmy Haslip, Stefan Lessard (Dave Matthews Band), Matt Garrison, Adam Nitti, Oteil Burbridge, Dave LaRue, Miroslav Vitous, Billy Sheehan, Emmy-award winning television scorer W.G. “Snuffy” Walden (The West Wing), and myriad others.

Beller’s earliest days on bass were as a Westfield, New Jersey pre-teen on upright in the school orchestra. It was short-lived, as he switched to electric at 13 to better play Rush, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Metallica tunes. Concurrently, a couple of years of classical piano lessons morphed into his own self-taught ear training regimen, as he learned to play those same classic rock and metal songs on the piano completely by ear. Once he landed at Berklee College Of Music, Beller focused solely on bass, and eventually joined a blues-rock band called 100 Proof, which played originals mixed with blues and Allman Brothers covers in Boston’s dirtiest bars. Beller’s rootsy, earthy, groove-oriented approach (as opposed to some of the more shred-oriented players of the time) had found a welcome home – and the original lineup of the band went on to do interesting things: One (Dylan Altman) wrote a #1 hit song for Tim McGraw; another (Jon Skibic) served as the touring guitarist for The Eels and the Gigolo Aunts; and the other (Ben Sesar) ended up as Brad Paisley’s touring drummer for ten years and counting.

But it was when Beller met drummer (and Frank Zappa fanatic) Joe Travers at Berklee that his career first ventured onto its current path. Joe knew Mike Keneally, who was in Dweezil and Ahmet Zappa’s band Z. Eventually Joe moved to Los Angeles, joined that band, and got Beller an audition in 1993, which Beller won, thereby entering the world of Zappa-influenced and independently-minded musicians he still calls fellow travelers to this day.

As a pure player, a composer, a masterclass clinician (sponsored by Mike Lull Custom Basses, Gallien-Krueger Amplification and D’Addario Strings), a former Contributing Editor for Bass Player Magazine, and a former Vice-President of SWR Sound Corporation, Beller brings a holistic perspective to the world of bass, and music.

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Bryan Beller

Thank you CHICAGO for a sellout show at Reggie’s! A truly awesome Aristocratic night. 👍🤘 On to Indianapolis!

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GRIFF PETERS (Mike Keneally, Billie Myers):
One of Beller's closest friends, and one of the most important contributors to Beller's first two solo albums, Griff Peters attended Berklee College Of Music in the early 90s at the same time as Beller and drummer Joe Travers. In the nearly three decades since, they've played together in various lineups with Mike Keneally, BB's live band, and in the performances of the late Wes Wehmiller's band I, Claudius at the annual WesFest benefit concert series. Griff's unique vintage tone was built into the foundation of several key Beller compositions, from the growling "Cave Dweller", to the fusion workout "Get Things Done", to the signature title track ballads from “View” and “Thanks In Advance”. BB chose Griff's spot for “Scenes From The Flood” very carefully, and Peters made the most of it by supplying over twenty tracks of lead and layered guitars, and putting his stamp on the mood-setting, slow-burning track that kicks off vinyl Side 2, "Always Worth It".
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TEDDY KUMPEL: (Joe Jackson, solo artist)
During Beller's time in Nashville from 2006-2013, one of the relatively few local gigs he regularly performed there was with a singer/songwriter named Saul Zonana. Saul had moved down to Nashville from New York, and had a pop/prog, hard rock/Beatles-y vibe to his solo material. On one gig, Zonana invited a friend from New York onto the gig for some additional guitar textures. That friend was Teddy Kumpel, and Beller was immediately taken with his tone and vibe. He soon found himself devouring Kumpel's solo releases “The Man” and “Songs In Tomato Sauce” (BB's choice picks: "I'm It, For Now", "We've Got Chemistry" and "Get Out of My Way".) Over ten years later, Beller finally realized his longtime desire to collaborate with Kumpel on the track "Always Worth It", one of the longer and more involved songs on “Scenes From The Flood”, and one that required a guitar solo that was funky, bluesy, jazzy, and slightly *bent*. In other words, Kumpel's specialty.

Teddy Kumpel pic by Michael Weintrob
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One of the great pleasures of this The Aristocrats tour is being on the road with the Travis Larson Band, and their awesome bassist Jennifer Young. I'm really pleased with our working relationship and the consistently high level of professionalism and appropriateness on display, no matter how long and hard our touring days are together. I see us as role models for the youth of tomorrow in many ways. ... See MoreSee Less

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"Steiner In Ellipses" - artwork for Track 5 of the progressive double concept album "Scenes From The Flood". (Bonus points for correct guesses on the hidden meaning here.) ... See MoreSee Less

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GRIFF PETERS: Beller's friend and musical compatriot of nearly 30 years - and lead guitarist on the title tracks of his 2 previous solo albums - created an entire world of melodic & textural sound for one of "Scenes From The Flood"'s key thematic compositions, "Always Worth It".

The whole album drops September 13. One song is out now ("The Storm") on YouTube w/video. A second song video ("Volunteer State") drops in early August. Pre-orders from https://t.co/IrccGnkq2B get the song "Bunkistan" e-mailed to them right away.

Martin Auger@auger_martin

@bryanbeller i’ve got to say You Know What is now my fav Aristocrats album.... When can we hear yours ?

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