Bryan Beller

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Bryan Beller
Bryan Beller Summer 2015.jpg
Background information
Born (1971-05-06) May 6, 1971 (age 45)
Genres Instrumental rock, Jazz rock, Melodic death metal, Progressive metal, Neo-progressive rock, Heavy 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[1][2] known for his work with Joe Satriani, The Aristocrats, Dethklok, Mike Keneally, Steve Vai, James LaBrie of Dream Theater and Dweezil Zappa. He has been Joe Satriani's tour bassist for both the Unstoppable Momentum (2013–14)[3] and Shockwave (2015-16 world tours in addition to featuring on the Shockwave Supernova record. Beller is also the bassist/manager of the rock/fusion super-trio The Aristocrats (with Guthrie Govan on guitar and Marco Minnemann on drums). The Aristocrats have released three studio albums, along with two live releases documenting the band’s world tours in support of their debut album The Aristocrats and sophomore album Culture Clash. Their most recent studio album Tres Caballeros is the focus of their current world tour, which began in the summer of 2015 and will extend through to late 2016.[4]

Career[edit]

Beller was Steve Vai’s choice for the 2009 live CD/DVD Where The Wild Things Are, a document of the six-piece Vai band Beller anchored on bass in 2007. He’s also toured with the "band" Dethklok, a tongue-in-cheek extreme metal band born of the Cartoon Network "Adult Swim" show Metalocalypse; Beller’s tracked on the last two Dethklok releases (Dethalbum III; The Doomstar Requiem) and has anchored the band for three nationwide tours to date, alongside Mastodon and Machine Head, among others. He’s been a musical partner of guitarist Mike Keneally (Frank Zappa) for over 17 years and 10 albums.

Beller released his debut rock/jazz fusion solo album View in late 2003. His second album Thanks In Advance (2008), a compositional statement about breaking through anger and finding gratitude. Beller’s first live album Wednesday Night Live – a document of his 2010 touring lineup playing the Baked Potato in Los Angeles – was released in 2011 on both CD and DVD.[5] His first instructional DVD, Mastering Tone And Versatility, was released by Alfred Publishing in early 2012,[6] and he’s a featured artist on the instructional website Jamplay.com.[7]

Early Years[edit]

Beller’s earliest days on bass were as a Westfield, New Jersey pre-teen on upright in the school orchestra. It was short-lived, as he switched to electric at 13 to better play Rush, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Metallica tunes. Concurrently, a couple of years of classical piano lessons morphed into his own self-taught ear training regimen, as he learned to play those same classic rock and metal songs on the piano completely by ear. Once he landed at Berklee College Of Music, Beller focused solely on bass, and eventually joined a blues-rock band called 100 Proof, which played originals mixed with blues and Allman Brothers covers in Boston’s dirtiest bars.

Discography[edit]

Solo[8]:

Video and DVDs[9]:

With The Aristocrats[10]:

With Kira Small[11]:

With Dethklok[12]:

With Brendon Small[13]:

With Steve Vai[14]:

With Dweezil Zappa[15]:

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[16]:

  • 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[17]:

With Yogi[18]:

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

With Colin Keenan[19]:

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

With Razl[20]:

  • 2008: Rotonova
  • 2011: Microscopic

With Joe Satriani[21]:

Other guest appearances[22]:

  • 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
  • 2015: Jane Getter Premonition - ON

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bryan Beller: The Quickening". www.bassplayer.com. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  2. ^ "Bryan Beller, The Bass Player for Our Times – Bass Musician Magazine, October 2015 Issue - Bass Musician Mag". Bass Musician Mag. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  3. ^ Beller, Bryan (22 February 2013). "Joe Satriani U.K./Europe Tour, Followed By Aristocrats 2nd Album Release & U.S. Summer Tour". bryanbeller.com. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "The Aristocrats - About". The Aristocrats Band. 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2016. 
  5. ^ "Jazz Reviews: Wednesday Night Live Bryan Beller - By Bill Milkowski — Jazz Articles". jazztimes.com. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  6. ^ "Bryan Beller, Mastering Tone and Versatility - Review - Bass Musician Mag". Bass Musician Mag. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  7. ^ "Bass Lessons - Learn Online with HD Videos". www.JamPlay.com/Bass. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  8. ^ "bryanbellerdotcom". www.bryanbeller.com. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  9. ^ "bryanbellerdotcom". www.bryanbeller.com. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  10. ^ "The Aristocrats Music". the-aristocrats-band.com. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  11. ^ "Kira Small bonafide sweet soul". kirasmall.com. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  12. ^ "Dethklok". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  13. ^ "Brendon Small Metalocalypse Dethklok Galaktikon". www.brendonsmall.com. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  14. ^ "Discography-solo - vai.com – The Official Steve Vai Website". www.vai.com. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  15. ^ "Discography - Dweezil Zappa". www.dweezilzappaworld.com. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  16. ^ "Mike Keneally Discography". keneally dot com. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  17. ^ "James LaBrie". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  18. ^ "Yogi: Any Raw Flesh?, by Shawn Farley". Shawn Farley. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  19. ^ "Albums". COLIN KEENAN. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  20. ^ "Discography". Razl-Guitar Player & Composer (in Spanish). Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  21. ^ "Joe Satriani - discography > shockwave supernova". www.satriani.com. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  22. ^ "bryanbellerdotcom". www.bryanbeller.com. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 

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