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. World touring with both Satriani and The Aristocrats continues presently. 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. World touring with both Satriani and The Aristocrats continues presently.

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.

1 day ago

Bryan Beller
LAST DUCKLING TOUR SHOW TONIGHT: Amazing show with The Aristocrats in Mill Valley on Thursday at Sweetwater Music Hall - what a beautiful venue! Great crowd and great time. Tonight we bring the all-too-brief and totally-sold-out DUCKLING tour to a close back home in Los Angeles at The Echo. But stay tuned for news about a much bigger Aristo-tour coming up...soon-ish. 😉Also, thank you for all the kind words on the shows and the new album DUCK. What songs should we do for the upcoming DUCK tour cycle? ... See MoreSee Less
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2 days ago

Bryan Beller
There is going big, and then there is going BIG. Film/TV composer Bear McCreary (Godzilla: King Of The Monsters, The Walking Dead, Metalocalypse's The Doomstar Requiem) has crossed over to the other side and made a rock concept album with the most ridiculous lineup ever. (I'm on most of the tracks - a total thrill.) See below! ... See MoreSee Less
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3 days ago

Bryan Beller
DUCK WEEK ONE: Thank you for the incredible show of support for The Aristocrats' new album DUCK, which has landed in the mailboxes of the awesome folks who pre-ordered directly from us and/or bought the digital download on Bandcamp, iTunes or Amazon Music. (If you haven't gotten your order yet, it should be there very soon.) Let's hear what you think about it so far!Meanwhile the DUCKLING tour rolls on to Mill Valley (San Francisco) tonight and finishes in Los Angeles on Saturday. Thank you Redding for a great show this past Monday night! ... See MoreSee Less
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5 days ago

Bryan Beller
NILI BROSH TOURS EUROPE: Specially-timed post for my friends in Europe - don't miss guitar phenom Nili Brosh as she embarks on her first-ever tour of Europe coming right up in March! I know fans of The Aristocrats and Joe Satriani and Steve Vai will dig Nili's next-gen take on instrumental guitar rock/fusion. And with a great rhythm section - my dear friend Steve Lawson on bass, and drummer atma anur - she'll be lighting up some of the same stages The Aristocrats have played in Europe over the years. Not only did Nili and I recently flank frontman Brendon Small for Dethklok on the massive 2023 BABYKLOK tour of the US, we've both played on each other's solo albums. I'm on several tracks of her 2014 album "A Matter Of Perception", and she blazes on the track "World Class" from my 2019 solo album "Scenes From The Flood", alongside John Petrucci on the same cut. She's played Coachella and The Hollywood Bowl with Danny Elfman, she's done the Cirque Du Soleil "Michael Jackson One" show for years, and more - just an amazing career.But this is the first time she's touring Europe, and she's laying it all on the line to get there. If you're anywhere closeby, I cannot recommend this tour highly enough. Go see it!Nili Brosh Band with Steve Lawson (bs) and Atma Anur (dr)March 4 - Hamburg, Germany - LogoMarch 5 - Fürth, Germany - KofferfabrikMarch 7 - Kassel, Germany - Kulturzentrum SchlachthofMarch 8 - Rüsselsheim, Germany - Kulturzentrum das RindMarch 9 - Waldbronn, Germany Soundcheck OneMarch 10 - Esch-sur-alzette, Luxembourg - RockhalMarch 12 - Nancy, France - Music Academy International (CLINIC)March 13 - Tourcoing, France - Espace De Formation Trades De La Musique (CLINIC)March 14 - Zoetermeer, Netherlands - De BoerderijMarch 16 - Larvik, Norway - Larvik Guitar Festival ... See MoreSee Less
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6 days ago

Bryan Beller
SHOW #2: Thank you PORTLAND for a loud and sold out show with The Aristocrats at the beautiful Mississippi Studios! We're having a blast playing these new tunes for you, and breaking out some catalog stuff we haven't played in a while as well. Tonight we bring it to the most intimate venue of the tour - The Dip in Redding, CA. Meanwhile, DUCK is rolling out worldwide! 😉 ... See MoreSee Less
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