JOHN CAREY ~ PLANET BASS, NYC
JOHN CAREY is a professional bassist, producer, singer-songwriter & music educator living in New York City. He began his music career at an early age, performing regularly at well known clubs in NYC since the age of sixteen. His bass playing, singing & song-writing abilities have lead him to perform, tour & record with bands & artists of all genres, including rock, folk, funk, R&B, blues, fusion & world music. John is recognized as one of the few bassists who can fit into nearly any musical situation, providing solid, song-oriented grooves, whether playing bass in a small club in NYC, out on the road or recording in the studio.
As record producer, John has worked with some of the best bands & musicians New York City has to offer. John is available to act as producer for your upcoming CD; this includes recommending the appropriate studio(s), hiring the appropriate musicians (if need be), getting the right engineer on hand, & acting as "producer" inside the studio environment.
John has had the privilege to work with such musicians as Oz Noy, Steve Holley, Dave Eggar, Ronny Drayton, Rachelle Garniez, Frank Bellucci, Andy Narell, Will Lee, Bill White, Anton Fig, Mike Visceglia, Leland Sklar, Gregg Fitz, Fiona McBain, Matt Miller, Matt Munesteri, Beledo & Mark Plati to name a few.
As bassist, John has worked for the following artists: Kristina Train, Elisabeth Withers, Tina Novak, Nina Lee, Fawn Segerson, Katie Boeck, Hannah Lindroth, Beau Black and the Americans, Damon Mendes and SoulRockers LIVE! (Buddy Miles Tribute), Kaleta, Dana Mase, Blow Up Hollywood, Russell James Hughes, Mellish, Nina Blue, Theo Eastwind, Ben Jelen, TV/TV, Kirsten DeHaan, Emily Brooke, Chris Tengi, Joe Cahill, Classy Joint, Steve Messina, Bottoms Up, Roland Ruby Orchestra, Jack Devine, Lindsay Katt, The Fast Lane & many more.
On television, John has appeared as bassist on The CW hit show, Gossip Girl (episodes: "Women on the Verge" & "Jenny's Fashion Show"), as well as on the Fox 5 hit show, Fringe (episode: "Midnight").
Within the realms of theater, John has worked as a bassist on Bedbugs: The Musical, as well as Disenchanted.
As an artist, John has released six of his own CDs. The newest CD, Swell Motions, "Vibratorio" (2014, Planet Bass, NYC), is a collaboration with two of John's favorite musicians: NYC's very own, Rachelle Garniez and Uruguayan guitar legend, Beledo. It's a beautiful & organic recording covering some of the greatest songs from the 60s & 70s which also includes two R. Garniez originals!
John Carey, "Oh So Funky" (2012, Planet Bass, NYC), consists of the music from The Meters, an American funk band based in New Orleans, Louisiana that made their records in the late 60s and 70s. The CD features Andy Narell– steelpans (Chucho Valdes, Bela Fleck, Marcus Miller, Spyro Gyra, Aretha Franklin, The Kronos String Quartet...), Anton Fig– drums (Late Show w/David Letterman, Joe Bonamassa, Booker T. & The MG’s, Bob Dylan, Cyndi Lauper...), Oz Noy– guitar (Chris Botti, Gavin DeGraw, Harry Belafonte, Gov’t Mule, Allen Toussaint...), Will Lee– featured vocalist (Late Show w/David Letterman, George Benson, Hiram Bullock, Brecker Brothers...) and John Carey– bass, vocals, percussion & producer. The recording is filled with super groovy tunes that adhere to the tradition of The Meters, yet utilize the lively and tropical sounds of the steelpans in place of the organ.
His first release, John Carey, "undefined psycho-chromatic G.R.I.D." (2005, Planet Bass, NYC) explores the avant-garde: the completely live and improvisational album captures the stream of conscious thought processes between some of today's most talented, unique & interesting musicians. The CD spans multiple genres of music & provides for a multimedia and multi-sensory experience . . . A truly fascinating record with an all-star lineup.
John Carey, "CL" (2007, Planet Bass, NYC), includes his original singer-songwriter/pop songs. In addition to playing bass, you’ll hear John singing & playing acoustic guitar throughout the CD. His music is reminiscent of Sheryl Crow and The Steve Miller Band.
John Carey, "Son of the House" (2010, Planet Bass, NYC), examines the dualistic nature of Gnostic thought: light/dark, Cosmos/Earth, illuminated/unaware, divine/carnal, strange/familiar . . . Heavily influenced by the music of Miles Davis, Frank Zappa, Lou Reed & Larry Graham, Carey visits the sounds of punk, funk & the avant-garde, taking the listener from the streets of the East Village, New York City, to that of the Cosmos.
John Carey, “Revelry Now” (2011, Planet Bass, NYC), revisits songs originally performed by The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Bill Withers, Carole King & more, all with a unique approach placing the Fender Jazz bass front & center.
John is one of the leading bass instructors in New York City, teaching privately out of his Midtown studio. He has recently completed writing his first book, "The Working Bassist, What You Really Need to Know to Survive in New York City." The book is designed to inform bassists (and all musicians) interested in coming to New York City to pursue their musical endeavors. In addition to being informative, the series of interviews has been geared towards inspiring those who are already working musicians. Interviews include bassists Meshell Ndegeocello, Neil Jason, Reggie Washington, Tim Lefebvre, Johannes Weidenmueller & many more!
John Carey is endorsed by Euphonic Audio bass amplifiers & speaker cabinets & Rotosound bass strings.
Located in New York City, John is available as record producer or as bassist for gigs, tours, showcases, recording, rehearsals, private instruction, etc. If you are interested in using John for an upcoming show, recording session, or tour, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.