New School: Quintin Berry

Quintin Berry

Quintin Berry is a bassist who sticks out. Instead of holding his bass like most players, Berry created what he calls the “cradle style,” in which his right arm supports the body of the bass while the neck angles down towards the ground. It developed out of applying things he learned from violin lessons, and though it started from messing around, he’s perfected the style and made it his own.

So we set out to find out more about this exciting bassist, and find out more.

What makes you new school?

I don’t consider myself new school because I have been doing this since the age of 12. The world is able to see it because of the internet and that hasn’t been around that long. So, I guess that my style of playing would be considered new school to the world.

How did you discover your new school style?

I started playing bass at the same time that I was taking violin lessons in school.

Share some of your videos with us.

What kind of gear do you use?

Spector Basses, Aurora Strings, GK amps, Source Audio pedals, EMG pickups.

What kind of gigs do you get with your new school style?

I am in the band The Ugli Stick, and I also do bass clinics and a lot of studio work.

Any traditional playing gigs?

Just the normal, a working musician.

Do you have albums where we can hear your new school style?

Yes, they are available on Tunecore and iTunes. They are Reaching Out, Hot Hands, and 2010. I have two more that I have to rerelease.

Where can we find you on the web?

What’s next for you?

More song writing and trying to get my music into the video game world.

What else do you want to share?

I have a signature bass coming out with Spector. I am going to be on the cover of a new line of bass strings by Aurora and I was asked to play during Bass Player Live in LA.

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  1. what planet? dude is not from here ;-).

  2. If you don’t look at the video it doesn’t sound so different. So it’s just a complicated way of playing the bass. Great, but I find the “old” school challenging enough.

  3. no offense or disrespect to anyone, but I find this really pointless… bass community please wake up!

    • Why is it pointless? Its a playing style like noone else……why do we need to wake up? He has groove any “performs” on the bass unlike a lot of so called amazing bassists whos vids ive seen on here.

    • Rowan Petch “If you don’t look at the video it doesn’t sound so different”

  4. I’ve already seen a lot of the comments “That’s not how you play a bass!” circling around the web. Q not only is a great player but he also came up with something brand new, awesome job.

  5. wow…. a few “sour grapes” here… hope not. I have had the unique opportunity of watching and greatly enjoying Q play locally in Va. Beach for many years, when he lived here… and not sure what the skeptic comments are really about? If you haven’t had the chance to hear, see, and experience Quintin live – where did u get that almighty power to judge? Just a way….humble guy…doin what he loves. Rock on, our friend!

  6. Like when Jeff Healey blew people away with the way he played guitar – don’t shoot a fellow musician down just because he’s discovered a new way to make the instrument sound AWESOME! Killer playin man! :-)