Nathan East "The Business Of Bass"

Nathan East "The Business Of Bass"


Nathan East
The Business Of Bass
The Story
If music is your life, make it your living!

Nathan East takes you into the studio and behind the scenes to learn and see first-hand what it takes to be a professional musician. East has collaborated and toured with some of the most famous stars in the industry, including Clapton, Phil Collins, Quincy Jones, Lionel Richie, Babyface, Billy Preston and David Foster. With these artists and others, "The Business Of Bass" covers the demands and rewards of making music for a living, both in live performance and studio sessions. Talent, of course, is essential... but not nearly enough to assure success. East shares his and other professionals' opinions and advice for getting to the top of the music business... and staying there.

Special DVD features include: interactive Q&A, Professionals' Workshop With Harvey Mason and Nathan East, Rare Concert Performances by Fourplay featuring Nathan East, Bob James, Harvey Mason and Larry Carlton.

DVD Video, NTSC, Regions: All

Additional Facts
Nathan East's breakthrough came while he was a member of a band named Power. They were hired as the road band for a Stax revue. The recognition brought the attention of Barry White, who hired the band for a national tour. Still a teenager, East became a member of the Love Unlimited Orchestra ("Love's Theme") playing Madison Square Garden, the Apollo Theater, and other major venues. East earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music from University of California at San Diego. He was starting to work on a master's degree when instructor Bertram Turetzky suggested that he already had enough education and that it was time for him to go to Los Angeles to try and start a lucrative music career.

While getting involved with the San Diego club and studio scene, Barry White contacted him to play on some of his recording projects. In early 1980, veteran writer/arranger Gene Page, whom East had worked with on White's sessions, called the bassist to play on a recording session for a commercial jingle. Impressed with East's ability to read music as well as his diverse playing skills, Page used East on numerous projects (Dionne Warwick, Johnny Mathis).

As East's reputation grew on the L.A. session scene, so did his job calls. From that point on, East worked consistently. He did sessions for Joe Satriani ("Joe Satriani"), Larry Carlton ("On Solid Ground") and Kenny Loggins ("Vox Humana," "Footloose"). He toured with Loggins (appearing with the singer on a late-'90s Live By Request installment on the A&E network) and with keyboardist Greg Phillinganes and drummer Steve Ferrone as part of Eric Clapton's late-'80s band.