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Mitch Joel

Mitch Joel’s first bass was a Fender Precision bass. It was sunburst. It was second-hand. It was a fake Fender. The previous owner had ripped out the frets. Mitch didn’t know why, but it was all that he could afford, so that’s what he learned to play on. Now, that all makes sense. Mitch is no Jaco. In fact, Mitch doesn’t play the bass, so much as he enjoys what others can create with it. And, while he studied it in college, other professional interests dragged him further away from bass playing.

Mitch is President of Mirum – a global digital marketing agency operating in 20 countries with over 2500 employees (although he prefers the title, Media Hacker). He is a columnist for the Harvard Business Review, Inc. Magazine, The Huffington Post and other magazines and newspapers. His first book, Six Pixels of Separation, named after his successful blog and podcast is a business and marketing bestseller. His second book, CTRL ALT Delete, was named one of the best business books of 2013 by Amazon. His next book, Algorhythm, will look at how the future of business will blend data and creativity.

Mitch is the host of the Groove – The No Treble Podcast, and he still has a soft-spot for the sound a fretless bass.

Articles by Mitch Joel:

  • Groove – Episode #40: Chris Wood

    Groove – Episode #40: Chris Wood

    Wikipedia can be funny sometimes. When you look for Chris Wood, he is listed as a “jazz musician” (this happens when there are multiple people with the same name). I wonder if Wood considers himself a jazz musician? Most know him as a founder, experimental player and musician visionary within the band Medeski Martin &... »

  • Groove – Episode #39: David Pastorius

    Groove – Episode #39: David Pastorius

    What are the odds? What are the odds that you start playing the electric bass, and it’s not because your uncle is Jaco Pastorius? It’s not because David Pastorius never met his uncle. It’s not that the family wasn’t close. All of this strangeness happened because David was not introduced to the instrument by his... »

  • Groove – Episode #38: Billy Sheehan

    Groove – Episode #38: Billy Sheehan

    Welcome to our first-ever live recording of Groove – The No Treble Podcast which took place at the NAMM Show in Anaheim (and was recorded in front of a live audience at the NAMM Idea Centre), this past week. Our guest this month can best be described as a living legend. Not only has Billy... »

  • Groove – Episode #37: Cody Wright

    Groove – Episode #37: Cody Wright

    Candidly, there are few bass players who sound as original as Cody Wright. In fact, when I first heard him play several years back, I was immediately transported back in time. It was the exact same audio sensation that came over me when I first heard Jaco Pastorius and Billy Sheehan play. It was not... »

  • Groove – Episode #36: John Patitucci

    Groove – Episode #36: John Patitucci

    What has not been said about the bass playing of John Patitucci? The Brooklyn native started playing the bass when he was twelve and has not stopped since. He was a member of three Chick Corea groups: the Elektric Band, the Akoustic Band, and the quartet. While he often switches between the acoustic and electric... »

  • Groove – Episode #35: Steve Bailey

    Groove – Episode #35: Steve Bailey

    Here’s a little known personal fact about me: Steve Bailey’s 2007 album, So Low… Solo, is one my favorite instrumental music discs of all time. Beyond his stunning mastery of the six-string fretless bass, the composition and arrangements on this album are captivating. It’s still on high rotation in my weekly playlist. With that, Steve... »

  • Groove – Episode #34: Julie Slick

    Groove – Episode #34: Julie Slick

    Many people know Julie Slick as a virtuoso bassist and composer. Some know her best for her work in the progressive rock outfit, Adrian Belew Power Trio (yes, he of King Crimson fame). Her story is much deeper and more astonishing than you might imagine. From her humble beginnings at the genesis of School of... »

  • Groove – Episode #33: Doug Johns

    Groove – Episode #33: Doug Johns

    Doug Johns is a beast of a bass player. In fact, it’s hard not to mention his name and have the words “funk master” and “groove beast” follow suit. He is a master musician who composes some of the richest bass lines that you will ever hear. His albums have all become bass classics. From... »

  • Groove – Episode #32: Joe Dart

    Groove – Episode #32: Joe Dart

    Let’s just call it a “mutual admiration society.” Vulfpeck bassist, Joe Dart, has always been very kind to the No Treble community. And all of us – here at No Treble – can’t get enough of his funky grooves that often dominate and lead the band’s music. In short: we’re huge fans of how this... »

  • Groove – Episode #31: Shem Von Schroeck

    Groove – Episode #31: Shem Von Schroeck

    Most people know Shem Von Schroeck as the longtime bass player in Kenny Loggins’ band. At the beginning of this summer, Shem got word that he landed the coveted bass gig in Toto. The prolific and proficient bass player has also worked with everyone from Don Felder of The Eagles to Christopher Cross. He’s been... »