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 2019 release You Know What…? debuted at #2 on the Billboard Jazz Chart. He’s been Joe Satriani’s touring bassist since 2013, and also tracked Satriani’s complete 2022 album The Elephants Of Mars. (Beller will be back out on tour with both The Aristocrats and Joe Satriani in 2022 and beyond.) 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 solo album catalog includes 2003’s View, 2008’s Thanks In Advance, and 2011’s Wednesday Night Live, as well as an Alfred instructional DVD, all released to widespread acclaim. His 2019 solo release – the progressive concept double album Scenes From The Flood featuring Joe Satriani, John Petrucci, Guthrie Govan, Mike Keneally, Gene Hoglan (Dethklok), Ray Hearne (Haken) and many more was hailed by multiple outlets as an instant classic: “A colossal artistic statement and a career triumph…one of the year’s most intriguing and staggering albums, it will for sure end in our 2019 best of lists.” (Scott Medina, Sonic Perspectives)

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 (including a G3 with John Petrucci and Phil Collen of Def Leppard), several cuts on Satch’s 2015 release Shockwave Supernova, and a feature appearance in Satriani’s tour documentary film Beyond The Supernova. More recently, Beller tracked the entire 2022 Satriani album The Elephants Of Mars. He’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 (2019’s You Know What…?) debuting at #2 on the Billboard Jazz Chart. Their four 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. Beller will be back on the road with both The Aristocrats and Joe Satriani in 2022.

As a solo artist, Beller’s most current release (2019) is the epic-scale modern progressive double concept album Scenes From The Flood. The massive 2CD/2LP work gathered an all-star cast of 26 musicians (including Joe Satriani, John Petrucci, Guthrie Govan, Mike Keneally, Gene Hoglan (Dethklok), Ray Hearne (Haken), Joe Travers, Nili Brosh, Mike Dawes, Janet Feder, and many more) to explore themes of ambition and loss, intentionality and reality, hope and disillusionment. It uses every second of its 18-song, 88-minute running order to tell an emotionally consuming and unforgettable musical story. Scenes From The Flood was hailed by multiple outlets as an instant classic: “A colossal artistic statement and a career triumph…one of the year’s most intriguing and staggering albums, it will for sure end in our 2019 best of lists.” (Scott Medina, Sonic Perspectives)

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. Beller also appears on several Steve Vai albums, notably Inviolate (2022), Real Illusions: Reflections (2005) and The Ultra-Zone (1999). 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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G4 EXPERIENCE: G is for GOBBLE this weekend, but come early January it means Joe Satriani's The G4 Experience, featuring Steve Morse, Steve Lukather, Peter Frampton, Eric Gales, Cory Wong, Mateus Asato (I’m playing with everyone I just mentioned, along with Kenny Aronoff and Rai Thistlethwayte as house band - holy moly I’m learning a lot of material in December!) *and* also Alex Skolnick, John 5, Nili Brosh, Andy James, and more. Just a few slots left!

Here’s a wacky promo video to celebrate the occasion. Joe did this in one take backstage during intermission of the last gig (Dallas) of the North American EARTH Tour. Now that’s show business, people! *starts tap dancing*

Happy Gobble everyone.
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HEADING HOME: Sending gratitude to everyone who saw The Aristocrats or Joe Satriani live this year, from an airport lounge at DFW.

I might not dye the goatee for a little while. 😉
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GEAR APPRECIATION POST: Like the pic shows, we’ve got one last show tonight in Dallas. It’s been an amazing year and I’m grateful to play such amazing gear. Thank you to:

Mike Lull Custom Guitars & Guitarworks Basses: The power trio of the black/quilted top BBMF5, the sunburst P/J 5, and the red 1998 Modern 5 continue to slay everywhere and anywhere.

Gallien-Krueger Amplification: For the tone, punch and clarity to hit the mark on my fussy high gain monitoring requirements on stage, it’s gotta be GK All Day.

D'Addario and Co. Strings & Accessories: Since 1996, they’ve been on every bass I’ve ever used, and every time out I remember why all over again. Plus the XPND XL pedalboard just earned it’s first 100-shows stripe!

Jim Dunlop Guitar Products Pedals: My pedalboard has more and more Dunlop/MXR on it. The Volume (X), the original Bass Wah, and now two incredibly musical MXR 6-band EQ’s for two different purposes.

Xotic Guitars & Effects: The classic Bass BB Preamp and EP Booster remain absolute key elements of my signal chain for drive and level management.

And I also want to give honorable mention to:

Zon Guitars Basses: Having possession of one of the late Doug Lunn’s treasured two Zon Basses made me realize that I really wanted to try a Zon Fretless. Joe Zon made me a beautiful Legacy Elite 5 fretless that I’ve used live on the bass spotlight Satriani tune “E 104th St. NYC 1973”, and it’s the best sounding fretless I’ve ever played.

Bananas At Large: When I realized I needed a bright rocking Fender P bass with a maple fingerboard to get the classic Satriani rock bass tone on a few tracks, I knew I needed a MIM model with the hotter pickups. As with any mass production model, some are good, some are just ok, and a select few are great. The folks at Bananas At Large picked out an absolute banger, and having that strung with D’Addario Pro Steels is a whole new bright and chimey world for me. Thank you Bananas! (Of course, since I used that bass for the first three songs of the Satriani show, it ended up in a lot of pictures! But I played my Mike Lull BBMF5 for most of the show.)

I have tremendous appreciation for all of these folks. I am notoriously finicky about gear and tonal issues, and without all of this great equipment, I’d still be onstage thinking “well it sounds good but it really should sound like this other thing…” and I’d be distracted from being in the moment, which is the seed corn of a great live performance. Luckily for me, I get to play all of the gear I just described, which gives me the best possible shot at delivering something honest and true to what I’m trying to musically project. And like I said, I’m deeply grateful.

📸 Al Linkous / San Antonio
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TWO SATRIANI SHOWS LEFT: House Of Blues Houston tonight, Majestic Theater in Dallas tomorrow. My last two shows of the year after nearly 100 since July 1.

Let's sprint across the tape, Texas!

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Andor was amazing. Fave review kicker: "This rebellion is ready to kill fascists." (Sabina Graves for Gizmodo AUS). You're GD right.

Hotter take- This is what movie Ep. 9 *should* have been: A galaxy-wide rebellion. After TLJ, it was the only way forward that woulda worked.

SOON: Joe Satriani G4 Experience, featuring Steve More, Steve Lukather, Peter Frampton, Eric Gales, Cory Wong, Mateus Asato (me + Kenny + Rai = house band for all 6!) & also Alex Skolnick, John 5, Nili Brosh, Andy James & more. Wacky promo vid follows.

Happy Gobble everyone!

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