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 world touring 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, marking three trips around the world with a fourth to come once touring resumes​. 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. Beller will be joining Satch on another global jaunt once touring resumes. 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.

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. 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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BASS CLINIC AT MIKE LULL HQ IN SEATTLE: It’s been a while since I’ve done clinics, and 10 years (!) since my last one in Seattle, so if you’re local I hope you can join me for a very special appearance at the Mike Lull Custom Guitars & Guitarworks factory storefront on Sunday, October 17. It’s a rare opportunity for me to check out and demo the latest and greatest stuff from the shop, get nerdy about which Lull axes I’m using now on my various gigs and why, and talk about why I’ve been a Mike Lull guy for twenty years and counting. Attendance is limited so we can do it safely, so check out the photo graphic for more info and RSVP instructions. 🙂WE ARE FULLY BOOKED!! SEE Y’ALL THERE!!!

*LIMITING ATTENDANCE TO 25 PEOPLE*
Come nerd out on tone and see how Bryan dials in his Lulls for gigs with Joe Satriani, The Aristocrats, and more. Bryan will also be demoing some pieces and will be walking us through different tonal options that can be achieved through various methods on a granular level! (Donations for putting on the event are welcome)

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SCENES FROM THE FLOOD, TWO YEARS ON: It's been two years since I released my last solo album, the progressive double concept work "Scenes From The Flood", a deeply personal story about idealism, realism and human nature. To mark the occasion, I posted the whole album as a video on YouTube (LINK BELOW), with some visual accompaniment. It will stay up and stream in its entirety for the next week. If you haven't gotten around to checking it out yet (hmmm, any distractions over the past two years?), now's a good time. If you're so inspired, there's about 50 vinyl units left (some black, some purple), plenty of CD's, and links to hi-res downloads at Bandcamp over at my website store (bryanbeller dot com --> SHOP).

Meanwhile, I thought I'd shoot this little video just saying hi and thanks for following. 🙂

HEAR/WATCH "SCENES FROM THE FLOOD" ON YOUTUBE (until September 20):
youtu.be/S_z64LqmE0c

FEATURING: Joe Satriani, Guthrie Govan, John Petrucci, Mike Keneally, Gene Hoglan, Joe Travers, Ray Hearne, Nili Brosh, Mike Dawes, Janet Feder, Leah Zeger, Jake Howsam Lowe, Jamie Kime, Christopher Allis, Paul Cartwright, Darran Charles, Julian Coryell, Fred Kron, Evan Mazunik, Nate Morton, Rick Musallam, Mike Olekshy, Griff Peters, Matt Rohde, Rishabh Seen, and Bryan Beller.
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MICK BRIGDEN: I am shocked and deeply saddened to learn that Mick Brigden - Joe Satriani’s longtime manager and legendary figure in the music business for the past 40 years - has unexpectedly passed away. I learned so, so much from him.

For the better part of the 2010’s, I was both Joe Satriani’s touring bassist *and* the manager of The Aristocrats. This meant I was interacting with Mick as both someone who worked for Joe, and also on a manager-to-manager level (though of course I was not on his level in that or any way) in terms of working out touring schedules for The Aristocrats. We even did a short G3 run in Europe once: Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, and The Aristocrats. It was complicated! And yet, Mick was great to work with, and proved again and again that he could be both wise and creative in coming up with ways to solve complex issues and, invariably, get the job done and make sure the show always went on. (We both instinctively enjoyed the challenge of bringing a little order to the chaos of touring life.) The Joe Satriani tour has always been a smooth, drama-free touring machine, an absolute pleasure to ride with, and that was a direct reflection of Mick Brigden’s leadership skill and expertise.

But it was more than just work. Unlike many artist managers, Mick always traveled with us on tour. He felt the miles with us, rode the bus with us, lived the life with us. We had a night where we all shared the story of the first concert we ever saw, and he bested everyone, simply dropping: “The Beatles!”. He told us incredible stories about working for Bill Graham Presents, Mick Jagger, Leslie West, and more. (He was a stage tech at Woodstock!) I met and became friends with his lovely wife, Julia, and they visited me at my home in the mountains north of Los Angeles on one of their many road trips together. I was fortunate to visit their beautiful house in the hills of Santa Rosa, an unforgettable vista that felt like home.

Then there is Mick and Joe, business partners and close friends for over 30 years. I literally cannot imagine the bond formed in such a relationship.

I am so sorry for Julia, for Mick’s family, Joe and Rubina, and for all who knew him. We lost a piece of music history, but much more than that, we lost a fierce advocate for good in this difficult business, and a dear friend. RIP.

(The picture is from a Helsinki to Stockholm ferry ride in the fall of 2015.)
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HOLA ESPAÑA: Just me saying hi. Through a translator, to my Mom's dismay. And now, my one Spanish sentence: "Mi madre es la profesora en Español, y my Español es muy, muy malo." 🤷‍♂️🇪🇸To all our fans in Spain - there's still time to grab the August issue of This Is Rock Magazine and read a new interview with our very own Bryan Beller!

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BASS CLINIC AT MIKE LULL HQ IN SEATTLE: It’s been 10 yrs (!) since my last clinic in Seattle, so if you’re local I hope you can join me for a very special appearance at the Mike Lull factory storefront on Sunday, October 17. (1/x)

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