Brian Wroten is an American-born bass player who has lived and worked as a bassist, composer, and educator in America, Australia, Korea, and Thailand. While mostly playing as the centerpiece to his own ensemble and recording group he has become internationally recognized as a highly original artist and acoustic bass guitar specialist. He started playing bass at age 15 and has since become proficient in Rock, Jazz, Soul, Country, Metal, Reggae, & Classical over the course of his 17 year career.
Brian has studied with double bassists Salvatore Macchia, Nick Haywood, & Stuart Thomson. He holds a BA in Jazz Performance from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an MA in Classical Music Composition from the University of Tasmania, Australia.
On January 1, 2014 Brian released his debut album Tasman to which he composed all the music to and performed all the bass guitar and double bass parts. The album has since been widely regarded as a highly original, and genre-shattering album featuring the acoustic bass guitar in roles and idioms never heard before.
“Tasman is a contemporary masterpiece by a writer not afraid to push the limits of conventional composition.” Stephanie Eslake, CutCommon.
Articles by Brian Wroten:
The unfortunate passing of Chris Cornell is a devastating loss for music. It is especially poignant for those of us that grew up listening to grunge music in the ’90s and 2000s. “Pretty Noose”, the first track from Soundgarden’s Down On The Upside, is a personal favorite of mine. On this track, Ben Shepherd performs... »
Dee Murray is a giant of the bass guitar many people do not rate as being among the best of all time, but I certainly do. His playing on the holiday single “Step Into Christmas” by Elton John is nothing short of impressive as he finds many inventive ways to make very simple chord changes... »
Every bassist has been in situations where they have had to hold down a one-chord or repeating bass line ostinato for long periods of time or an entire song. It can be challenging to approach these mind-numbing repetitive songs and keep it interesting while not overplaying. Many Rolling Stones’ songs feature verse sections, such as... »
“Amoreena” was Dee Murray’s first recording collaboration with Elton John, and from analyzing the transcription of his playing on this tune, it’s not hard to see why John and Murray had such a prolific career working together. Many different bassline approaches are employed to great affect in this song. The form of the bassline as... »
Something I notice when listening to inexperienced bassists is that they often tend to line up all of their technical ideas, one after another, when creating a bass line. It’s similar to a chef using all their spices to make just one dish. Most of us will learn with experience that less is not only... »
Often as bassists we become so concerned with notes, rhythm, and locking in with our drummer that we forget the other important aspects of groove that can impact the listener equally as much. Articulation contributes greatly to groove and expression and can be employed to create contrast, add texture, and propel a song forward. I... »