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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5 days ago

Bryan Beller

LAST CALL FOR ARISTOCAMP! Guthrie, Marco and I will be in Big Indian, NY at Full Moon Resort next week along with MICHAEL MANRING, Francis Dunnery and Chad Wackerman for the first ever ARISTOCAMP. It will be a very fun and loose hang and everyone will get the kind of individual attention that only a camp environment can provide! Maybe you're that last-minute kind of person. If so, this is your time to shine. 😉

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6 days ago

Bryan Beller

RIG CHECK DAY: One of my favorite days of the year. Set up for the Enormodome and test *everything*. Loud. This is for the upcoming The Aristocrats "You Know What...?" North America tour. You know about that, right? Right?

First of all, Gallien-Krueger rocks. The Fusion preamp/RB power amp formula is tried and true, and those lighter CX cabs are slamming! #GKallday.

Second of all, it's gonna be all Mike Lull Custom Guitars & Guitarworks basses on this tour. The stars will be the new BBMF5 (Bryan Beller Modern Focus, or any MF you like, really); and, thankfully, the 1998 Lull Modern 5 that sounds like my old MIA red bass, or even better, and is slaying all over the new Aristocrats album. I've taken to calling it "The Poughkeepsie Bass" because that's where it lived for 20 years before it found its way to me. Cranking that thing up sounds...just beautiful.

And of course, the D'Addario UK Pro Steels make everything sound brilliant and true.

Also, let's not forget about that Jim Dunlop Guitar Products Bass Wah. What would "Sweaty Knockers" be without that? 😉 Also thanks to Darkglass Electronics (the Vintage Microtubes, though I'm also digging that Alpha Omega!) and Xotic Guitars & Effects (Bass BB Preamp with totally coincidental initials FTW). Oh, and Boss Effects Pedals for making the OC-2 Octave (shout out to Tim Lefebvre/Juan Alderete/Janek Gwizdala and the rest of the OC-2 cult out there) and also for making the CE-2B Bass Chorus back when Members Only jackets were a thing. The first time.

THE ARISTOCRATS
"YOU KNOW WHAT...?" NORTH AMERICA TOUR

The Aristocamp, Big Indian, NY, June 18-21
Alvas Showroom, San Pedro, CA, June 28 (sold out)
Alvas Showroom, San Pedro, CA, June 29 (sold out)
Harlow's, Sacramento, CA, July 1
Slim's, San Francisco, CA, July 2
The Dip, Redding, CA, July 3
Star Theater, Portland, OR, July 5
The Crocodile, Seattle, WA, July 6
Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver, BC, July 7
The Reef, Boise, ID, July 9
Metro Music Hall, SLC, UT, July 10
Mesa Theater, Grand Junction, CO, July 12
Marquis Theater, Denver, CO, July 13
RecordBar, Kansas City, MS, July 15
Slowdown, Omaha, NE, July 16
Amsterdam Bar and Hall, St Paul, MN, July 18
Miramar Theatre, Milwaukee, WI, July 19
Reggie's Live, Chicago, IL, July 20
HiFi Indy, Indianapolis, IN, July 21
Token Lounge, Detroit, MI, July 22
Rumba Café, Columbus, OH, July 24
Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH, July 25
The Tralf, Buffalo, NY, July 26
Lee's Palace, Toronto, ON, July 27
Brass Monkey, Ottawa, ON, July 28
Café Campus, Montreal, QC, July 29
Le D’Auteuil, Quebec City, QC, July 31
Middle East, Cambridge, MA, August 2
Gramercy Theatre, New York City, NY, August 3
Daryl's House, Pawling, NY, August 4
Voltage Lounge, Philadelphia, PA, August 5
Union Stage, Washington DC, August 6
The Pour House, Raleigh, NC, August 7
Isis Music Hall, Asheville, NC, August 9
City Winery, Nashville, NC, August 10
Aisle 5, Atlanta, GA, August 11
SoundBar, Orlando, FL, August 14
The Funky Biscuit, Boca Raton, FL, August 15
Brass Mug, Tampa, FL, August 16
Nighthawks, Jacksonville, FL, August 17
Southport Hall, Jefferson, LA, August 19
Scout Bar, Houston, TX, August 21
Sam’s Burger Joint, San Antonio, TX, August 22
The Dirty Dog, Austin, TX, August 23
Guitar Sanctuary, McKinney, TX, August 24
Rockhouse, El Paso, TX, August 26
Launchpad, Albuquerque, NM, August 27
Club Red, Mesa, AZ, August 29
Bol Bol, Mexicali, August 30
Ramona Mainstage, Ramona, CA, August 31
1720, Los Angeles, CA (WITH John 5!), September 1

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1 week ago

Bryan Beller

WELL LOOKEE HERE: Want to see a preview of the bonus DVD that comes with the Deluxe Edition of the new Aristocrats album "You Know What...?" Of course you do. Filmed and edited by Jon Luini & Arthur Rosato at Brotheryn Studios in Ojai, CA, the full 35-min documentary is ONLY available as part of the Deluxe CD edition. Deluxe also means exclusive interviews, live studio footage, and a bigger 12-page booklet with super fun illustrations by Hajo Muller (the artist that created our weird and wonderful album cover).

“You Know What…?” is available to pre-order now in both Deluxe and Standard CD format. If you pre-order from our US or UK/EUR webstores (via our website) you’ll also get sent your free digital download on the release date, June 28th.
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2 weeks ago

Bryan Beller

THAT'S A WRAP: Thanks to the fine folks you see here, we finished shooting the video for one of the songs from my upcoming progressive concept double album "Scenes From The Flood". We shot on location in truck stops, remote mountainous terrains, diners, county parks, bridges on country roads, hotel rooms (green screen!), and anywhere else we could pull it off without a permit (just try and catch me, coppers!). And there's a very special guest on the song itself...who I look forward to revealing this summer when the video drops. 😉

From left to right: Shinya Suzuki (drone operation), Jon Luini (video/editing/co-direction), BB, Alli Patton (production assistant), Arthur Rosato (photography/editing/co-direction).
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2 weeks ago

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WHAT'S UP LOS ANGELES?! Sorry to get all Zack de la Rocha there for a sec but some big news: The Aristocrats and John 5 are teaming up for a one-night-only co-bill on September 1 at 1720 to end the North America tour! I know a lot of people were wondering what was up with having only two small venue shows in LA (both of which are now sold out)...now you know why this announcement came last. 😉

Link to tickets in the comments. And some quotes below.

THE ARISTOCRATS
"We always say that anything can happen onstage at an Aristocrats show - and that goes double for a John 5/Aristocrats double bill! We're psyched because The Aristocrats and John 5 are obviously coming at the instrumental rock thing from just completely different angles, and neither one of us is playing it straight down the middle. Should be a fun night for anyone in L.A. who likes their music loud and bent."

JOHN 5
“JOHN 5 and The Aristocrats – It doesn’t get much better than that,” John 5 says. “It’s one show only and you’re not going to want to miss it. It’s going to be a very exciting night, and definitely one to remember.”

Let's wrap this tour up in style. 😉
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RIG CHECK DAY: One of my fave days of the year. @GallienKrueger #GKallDay, @MikeLullCG basses (including my new/old 1998 M5) and @DaddarioandCo ProSteels on everything. Also thanks to @jimdunlopusa (bass wah), @Darkglassgear (vintage microtubes), and @Xoticusa (Bass BB Preamp)!

LOOKEE HERE: It's a preview of the Bonus DVD from the new @acratsband album “You Know What…?”. Pre-orders available now (Deluxe + Standard CD). Order from our webstore & you’ll also get sent a free digital download on the release date, June 28th! https://t.co/32rCckTbVs

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