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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 Joel is Founder of Six Pixels Group - an advisory, investing and content producing company that is focused on commerce and innovation (although he prefers the title, "Media Hacker"). 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.

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 #45: Ian Hill

    Groove – Episode #45: Ian Hill

    Judas Priest ruined me. While I had been exposed to a myriad of musical genres over my young life, nothing has impacted me more than the infamous US Festival in 1983. Their “Heavy Metal Day” on Sunday, May 29th featured Quiet Riot, Motley Crue, Ozzy Osbourne, Triumph, Scorpions, Van Halen and the now-legendary Judas Priest.... »

  • Groove – Episode #44: Bridget Kearney

    Groove – Episode #44: Bridget Kearney

    Bridget Kearney doesn’t talk much about the electric bass (mostly because that’s not her instrument of choice). The musician and composer is a double bass player that graduated with a dual degree from Tufts University and New England Conservatory of Music. She started playing the bass when she was nine years old and fell madly,... »

  • Groove – Episode #43: Marco Mendoza

    Groove – Episode #43: Marco Mendoza

    The first time I saw Marco Mendoza play bass live was with Whitesnake. Whatever you think about Whitesnake’s music (personally, I am a child of the 80s and a lover of that genre), they are a force of hard, heavy and blues power that is not to be reckoned with (if you can get past... »

  • Groove – Episode #42: Mai Leisz

    Groove – Episode #42: Mai Leisz

    She just turned thirty, but she is an old soul. It’s for this reason that she has fit in performing with artists like David Crosby, Joan Baez, Jackson Browne, Seal and others. Mai Leisz (formerly Mai Agan) is a curious and engaging bass player. The Estonian born composer started on classical violin and piano. At... »

  • Groove – Episode #41: Evan Marien

    Groove – Episode #41: Evan Marien

    Simply put, Evan Marien is a very exciting bass player. The composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist grew up in Illinois, but Brooklyn is now his home. And yes, he’s super active on YouTube and pushing his own projects, but you may not know that Evan was also the last bassist to work with the legendary guitarist,... »

  • 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... »