Reader Spotlight: Udo Pannekeet

Udo Pannekeet

Meet Udo Pannekeet, a bassist who spends his time performing with the prog-rock band, Focus, touring with other acts, and producing and engineering albums.

Udo is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story…


Udo Pannekeet is a Dutch bass player. He’s currently the bassist of prog-rock band FOCUS. He also tours with Lucy Woodward (US) and Tim Langedijk Trio (NL). In 2014, he released his first album entitled ON.

Electric Regions is his latest release (2019). When he’s not touring Udo works as a producer/mixing engineer at Wedgeview Studios (NL).


The Hague, The Netherlands

Years experience:

27 years

Why I play the bass:

Listening to Joe Jackson’s records, and later on discovering the music of Weather Report.


  • Piet Visser handmade basses from the Netherlands.
  • Glockenklang speakers, and GR One 800 basshead. On Tour Ampeg.
  • Origin Effects Cali76, BOSS OC2.

My Influences:

Musicians: Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul, John Coltrane, Louis Cole, and Nate Wood

Bass players: Jaco Pastorius, Jimmy Johnson, Anthony Jackson, James Jamerson, Pino Palladino, and many others

My bass superpower/claim to fame:

I play a six-string both fretted and fretless but also precision basses depending on what the style requires.

I read a review about my latest record from a fan on Amazon and liked the fact that he claims my work is impossible to ‘genre’:

“Having followed Udo through his work in Focus and a few listening’s of works in his native Holland I was unsure what to expect from ‘Electric Regions.’ He is a magnificent bass player, one of the best in my ears, in the current musical climate. I was amazed by the expanse and the depth of the various moods on the album. The musicians jelled and produced some superb quality of sound, only showing the scale of Udo’s friends. The good thing about the album is that you cannot ‘genre’ it. A total mix of acoustic, synth, and electric woven in a multitude of forms. If you love Jazz synth, buy it, if you love Jazz-rock buy, but if you are just a fan of quality production and professionalism in all aspects of musical craftsmanship then take the leap and buy. You will not be sorry.”

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