Meet Miles Burger, who might be the busiest gigging bassist in high school we’ve ever seen. He’s also a “doubler” – performing on both upright and bass guitar.
Miles is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story…
I’m an 18 year old high school senior living in Philadelphia. As my friends and family like to joke, I’m a full time bassist and part time student. I am an international recording artist, studio session player, award-winning performer, and I have performed at many large venues and festivals around the country; all before my 18th birthday. I play all genres of music, but the genre(s) I’m most passionate about right now are jazz and jazz-fusion.
Philadelphia, PA, USA
I am currently a senior in high school, and I will continue my musical education next fall by being a jazz bass performance major in college. Despite being a high school student, I have been fortunate enough to live the life of a full time gigging musician as a teenager, and I gig A LOT, sometimes 4-5 nights a week.
10 years on upright, 9 years on bass guitar.
Bands & Gigs:
I’m currently playing in several projects, my main one being a blues/funk/soul fusion band called Time Gap. We gig heavily around the the Philadelphia area, and we recently played in Memphis, as part of the International Blues Challenge. I also gig around the area as part of a jazz trio, an alt-rock group and in various Christian/Praise groups. Besides from playing in bands, I am a “call guy,” meaning I often get calls to fill in orchestras and in the pit for musical theater productions around the area. I also do some light session work in studios.
- Ken Smith White Tiger Elite 5-String
- Shen Upright Bass
- G&L 4 String P-Bass
- MarkBass 2X10 CMD Combo
- Ashdown 4X10 Cab
- Monster Cables
- Ken Smith Strings
Why I play the bass:
On a family trip to Seattle when I was 8 years old, we accidentally stumbled upon a jazz trio playing in a public park. I’m not sure what it was, but the upright bass transfixed me. After the band finished their show, I went up and talked to the bassist, who was kind enough to let me play his bass. I was immediately hooked. Everything about the instrument amazed me. After a year or so of exclusively playing upright bass, my parents surprised me with a Fretless Fender Jazz Bass on my birthday. Since that point, the concept of playing both the bass guitar and the upright bass has been extremely attractive to me, and I decided that I wanted to pursue both of these instruments.
My bass superpower/claim to fame:
I’d say that I have two traits that help me stand out; I have perfect pitch, so I’m able to really hear music well from a tonal perspective, and I’m able to just often times “sit in” with a band and figure out changes on my own. The other “claim to fame” I have is my chops. I take great pride in my technique and my ability to play difficult figures. Just recently, a keyboardist came up to me after a rehearsal and said something along the lines of “It’s bittersweet playing with you, because although I love hearing you play, you make me feel self-conscious because you can match my solo’s note for note.”
Rocco Prestia, Paul Chambers, Jaco Pastorius, Niels-Henning Orsted Pederson, Edgar Meyer, Richard Bona, Christian McBride, Dave Holland.
More on the web:
Our album Flashback is available on Spotify, Apple Music and ITunes.
Feel free to reach out to me via email for inquiries, questions or just to say hi: firstname.lastname@example.org