My professional career as a musician has been through and overcame the trials and tribulations attributed to playing an instrument that has finally come into its own and has become a normal and accepted voice in the evolution of today’s music scene.
Since 1959, the sound and power of the electric bass and those who play it has been the support voice and backbone in the success of today’s commercial music.
The bass player in recorded and live music is like the supporting actor of a successful film that gives and projects the glamour and fame in spotlighting the lead actor to the public, or in another scenario, the pitch calling of the catcher on a baseball team that wins the game, but the pitcher is given the credit.
I am always amazed when I see and hear artists who are receiving an award for a recording performance or interviewed for their success, thank everyone but the musicians for their success – especially the bass player and the music arranger.
The bass line/part is the one element in music that causes the listener to feel and hear the lyric, dance and above all enables the lead instrument to function.
To read more about Chuck’s bio visit chuckrainey.com/bio.
JOHN ANTHONY MARTINEZ
IT ALL BEGAN…
…in the Bronx of New York City. I grew up in a Puerto Rican household surrounded by cousins and some aunts and uncles who were close to my age. My grandfather was a pastor of a storefront Pentecostal church where my mother played the drums. My earliest memories were those of music.
HIGH SCHOOL OF MUSIC & ART
I attended the high school that was made famous by the movie Fame where I was the first chair trumpet player in the school orchestra and jazz ensemble. As first chair I had the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall with the New York All-City Orchestra on several occasions. My classmates and I performed at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, and a group of my closest friends and I formed our own band and performed at CBGBs. I had been awarded a music scholarship as a trumpet player, but that quickly dissolved when, out of the blue, I developed Bell’s Palsy and could no longer play my instrument. My career path suddenly shifted.
THE PATRIOT LEAGUE & BERKLEE
The summer I graduated high school I headed straight to college at Colgate University. It was an experience I will never forget. Being Puerto Rican with a distinct Bronx accent on a campus full of privileged, high society students, I felt sorely out of place. It didn’t take long for me to realize that I was not destined to become a lawyer. What I wanted to do most of all was play the drums. After a year at Colgate, I walked away from my full-ride scholarship and moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music. I have been drumming and producing music ever since.
To read more about John’s bio visit johnanthonymartinez.com/bio.