Bryan Beller

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Bryan Beller
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Bryan Beller performing at Alvas Showroom, San Pedro, CA
Background information
Born (1971-05-06) May 6, 1971 (age 43)
Genres Jazz rock, jazz fusion, melodic death metal
Instruments Bass guitar
Years active 1994–present
Labels Onion Boy Records
Associated acts Mike Keneally, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Dethklok, James LaBrie, The Aristocrats, Kira Small
Website bryanbeller.com
Notable instruments
Mike Lull Custom Basses

Bryan Beller (born May 6, 1971) is an American bass guitarist known for his work with Dethklok, Mike Keneally, Steve Vai, James LaBrie of Dream Theater, Dweezil Zappa and The Aristocrats. He is an active member of the bands Dethklok and The Aristocrats at the moment.

Career[edit]

Beller was an extremely early blogger, documenting his personal and professional experiences on being a Professional Musician and "Bassist For Hire" in Los Angeles on his blog, "The Life of Bryan," from 1995 until 2005.[1] In 1992 Beller graduated from Berklee College of Music.[2]

In 2003, Beller released his debut CD, View, which was self-financed product and released on his own label, Onion Boy Records. View, which ranges from jazz/rock to vocal pop to thrash to acoustic solo to world beat, has been described as having “sublime moments of melancholia, beauty, and joy.”[3] In 2008 Beller released his second solo CD Thanks In Advance; a special-edition DVD of the album entitled To Nothing was released along with it. In 2011 Beller released a live CD titled Wednesday Night Live in both CD and DVD format.

Beller's current band, The Aristocrats (which also includes Guthrie Govan on guitars and Marco Minnemann on drums), released their debut album The Aristocrats in 2011. Also in 2011, he released a second live CD with his wife Kira Small called Live at The White House. He was a Contributing Editor for Bass Player magazine from 2007–2011,[4] as well as a Columnist writing first-person "Real World" advice to Bassists entitled "The Soapbox" previous to that, from Fall 1999 to February 2004.[5] Among his goals in writing there was to draw attention to other bassists, such as bassist Steve Jenkins.[6] In November 2011, Beller conducted an audio interview with Music Life Radio about his career.

Equipment/Endorsements[edit]

Basses:

  • Mike Lull Custom Modern 5-String
  • Mike Lull Custom Modern 5-String Fretless
  • Mike Lull Custom Vintage Jazz 4-String
  • Mike Lull Custom T-Bass 4-String
  • Mike Lull Custom T-Bass 5-String
  • Fender Precision Bass
  • Taylor AB-4 Acoustic/Electric Bass

Heads, preamps, and power amps:

  • Gallien-Krueger Fusion 550
  • Gallien-Krueger 2001RB
  • Gallien-Krueger MB Fusion
  • SWR Mo' Bass
  • ART TubePAC Preamp (2)
  • SansAmp PSA-1 Programmable Preamp
  • Peavey DPC1000 Power Amp
  • BGW x3800 Power Amp

Speaker cabinets:

  • Gallien-Krueger Neo 4x12
  • Gallien Krueger Neo 112-II

Effects, Pedals and other gear:

  • Boss FV-50 Volume Pedal
  • Boss TU-2 Chromatic Tuner
  • Boss OC-2 Octave Pedal
  • Electro-Harmonix MicroSynth
  • Xotic Effects Bass BB Preamp
  • Digitech X-Series Bass Driver
  • Dunlop M-80 Bass D.I.
  • Aphex Bass Exciter
  • Retro-Sonic Stereo Chorus
  • Boss DD-3 Digital Delay
  • Demeter Opto-Compulator
  • Dunlop CryBaby Bass Wah
  • Darkglass Vintage Microtubes
  • TC electronic Hall Of Fame Reverb
  • TC electronic Flashback Delay
  • Xotic Effects EP Booster
  • MXR M87 Bass Compressor
  • Voodoo Labs Pedal Power 2 Plus
  • Tech 21 Red Ripper
  • Soundblox® Pro Multiwave Bass Distortion
  • T.C. Electronics Stereo Chorus/Flanger
  • Raven Labs PHA-1 Headphone Amp
  • Raven Labs MDB-1 Mini-Mixer
  • Raven Labs True Blue EQ
  • T. Rex Bass Juice
  • Boss ODB-3 Bass Overdrive
  • DOD FX25 Envelope Filter
  • SansAmp Programmable Bass Driver D.I.
  • Akai Intelliphase P1 Analog Phaser
  • Akai Headrush E1
  • Alesis Nanoverb
  • DBX 163x Compressor
  • Voodoo Labs Amp Selector
  • Boss BR1180-CD Digital Hard Disk Recorder
  • Alesis QS8 Synthesizer

Discography[edit]

Solo:

Video and DVDs:

With The Aristocrats:

With Kira Small:

With Dethklok:

With Brendon Small:

With Steve Vai:

With Zappa:

With Beer For Dolphins:

  • 1996: Soap Scum Remover (VHS)
  • 1997: Half Alive In Hollywood
  • 1998: Sluggo!
  • 2000: Dancing
  • 2000: Dancing With Myself ... and others (CD/DVD)

With Mike Keneally:

  • 1995: Boil That Dust Speck
  • 2002: Wooden Smoke
  • 2002: Wooden Smoke Asleep
  • 2003: Pup
  • 2004: Dog (CD/DVD)
  • 2006: Guitar Therapy Live (CD/DVD)
  • 2007: Boil That Dust Speck (Reissue – CD/DVD)
  • 2008: Wine and Pickles
  • 2009: Scambot 1
  • 2011: bakin' @ the potato!
  • 2012: Wing Beat Fantastic
  • 2013: Wing Beat Elastic
  • 2013: You Must Be This Tall

With James LaBrie:

With Yogi:

  • 2001: Any Raw Flesh?
  • 2003: Salve
  • 2006: Half-Print Demigod

With Colin Keenan:

  • 2008: Nothing Clever
  • 2009: So Far Gone
  • 2011: Nothing Clever

With Razl:

  • 2008: Rotonova
  • 2011: Microscopic

Other guest appearances:

  • 1995: Various Artists – Tales From Yesterday: Yes Tribute
  • 1997: Various Artists – Merry Axemas: A Guitar Christmas
  • 1998: Various Artists – The SWR Sound
  • 1998: Janet RobinOpen The Door
  • 1999: Various Artists – Six Pack: Multi-Artist Radio Sampler
  • 1999: Various Artists – Tribute To The Titans
  • 1999: Neil Sadler – Theory Of Forms
  • 2001: Space Surfers – Bikini
  • 2001: Janet RobinOut From Under
  • 2001: Nick D'Virgilio – Karma
  • 2003: Various Artists – A Fair Forgery of Pink Floyd
  • 2004: Various Artists – XL Bass Lines: A D'addario Music Sampler
  • 2006: Tom LangfordHere Comes Memory
  • 2006: Various Artists – After The Storm
  • 2006: Various Artists – WesFest (DVD)
  • 2007: Eros Ramazzotti
  • 2007: Various Artists – WesFest 2 (DVD)
  • 2007: Marco MinnemannThe Marco Show (DVD)
  • 2007: Touched – Onward And Downward
  • 2008: Gary Schutt – Loss 4 Words
  • 2008: Chris G. – Reflections – An Act of Glass
  • 2008: Mother Eff – Are We Famous Yet?
  • 2009: Andra Moran – In Small Things
  • 2009: Triangle Exception – H-Town
  • 2010: Various Artists – NPS Maakt Jazz, Volume 7
  • 2010: Timesword – Chains Of Sin
  • 2010: Various Artists – Wicked: Music From The WesFest Community
  • 2010: Dave Weiner – On Revolute
  • 2010: Godsticks – Spiral Vendetta
  • 2010: Anders Helmerson – Tripple Ripple
  • 2011: Sunny Taylor – Sunny Taylor (EP)
  • 2012: Phi-Yaan Zek – Deeper With The Anima
  • 2012: Jason Sadites – Broken
  • 2013: Dr. Mumbai – The Adventures Of Dr. Mumbai
  • 2013: Ephel Duath – Hemmed by Light, Shaped By Darkness
  • 2014: Brian Maillard – Reincarnation
  • 2014: Dane Runyon – Under Grand Suggestion
  • 2014: Ivano Icardi – Burning Wires
  • 2014: Nili BroshA Matter Of Perception
  • 2014: Nick Johnston – Atomic Mind

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