Bryan Beller has maintained a frenetic, multi-faceted career as a bassist, composer, solo artist, writer and clinician for over twenty years.
Beller’s reputation as a uniquely talented yet supremely tasteful team player for adventurous instrumentally-minded artists is clearly evidenced in his two main current gigs. First, he has been Joe Satriani’s tour bassist for both the Unstoppable Momentum (2013-14) and Shockwave (2015-16) world tours in addition to featuring on the Shockwave Supernova record. Second, he’s the bassist/manager of the rock/fusion super-trio The Aristocrats (with uber-players Guthrie Govan on guitar and Marco Minnemann on drums), the hottest new act in the genre in countless years. The Aristocrats have released three critically acclaimed 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, and lavishly hailed, 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. This high profile work has landed Beller on the pages of numerous music magazines, including cover features in Bass Player and Bass Musician magazines.
Bryan Beller (born May 6, 1971) is an American bass guitarist 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) 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.
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. His first instructional DVD, Mastering Tone And Versatility, was released by Alfred Publishing in early 2012, and he’s a featured artist on the bass guitar instructional website Jamplay.com.
Here Are Some Of The Albums That Bryan’s Thumped Bass On
Merry Axemas: A Guitar Christmas – Vol.1 is an album of Christmas carols instrumental performadas by great guitarists, released in 1997. The “project” was conceived, organized and produced by Steve Vai. The name of the album is a pun of “Christmas” with “Axe”, a nickname for “Guitar”.
The Ultra Zone is a 1999 album from guitarist Steve Vai.
The Ultra Zone is structurally similar to Vai’s previous album, Fire Garden, in that the first half of the album consists mainly of instrumentals, and the second half mainly of vocal songs; however, unlike Fire Garden, The Ultra Zone is not formally divided into two “phases”. The Ultra Zone is notable for its tributes to two legendary guitarists: Frank Zappa (on the track “Frank”), and Stevie Ray Vaughan (on the track “Jibboom”).
Automatic is an album by Dweezil Zappa, released in 2000. “Purple Guitar” was the audition piece for Bryan Beller to work with Zappa on this album. Bryan is a featured bass guitarist on this album with Dweezil.
The Elusive Light And Sound, Vol. 1 is a 2002 compilation album by Steve Vai. The album collects many of the songs that Vai recorded for movies and television shows.The album is Volume 1 in “The Secret Jewel Box” and features bass work from Bryan Beller.
View is the debut album by bassist Bryan Beller, known for his work with Mike Keneally, Steve Vai and Dethklok. The album was released in 2003 under Onion Boy Records. The album featured guest composers such as John Patitucci and Wes Wehmiller.
Elements of Persuasion, released March 29, 2005, is Dream Theater lead singer James LaBrie’s third solo album, his first two being Keep It to Yourself and MullMuzzler 2, which were released under his band MullMuzzler. Unlike his previous solo works, this one is released under his name – as suggested by his publisher. He also hired some new musicians, among others the new guitar virtuoso Marco Sfogli from Italy and Richard Chycki as sound engineer, resulting in a different sound. Despite the changes, the album is still based on the same general style used on the past two albums, although with a much heavier sound. This is the last of LaBrie’s solo albums to feature drummer Mike Mangini.
e² is a greatest hits album by the Italian singer Eros Ramazzotti, released in Europe and Latin America on 26 October 2007. This is his fourteenth album (including live and compilation albums), and his second greatest hits album after Eros in 1997. The first single released from the album was “Non siamo soli”, a vocal duet with the Latin singer Ricky Martin. Bryan Beller is also a featured bass musician on this release.
Dethalbum II is the second full length album by virtual band Dethklok, from the animated series Metalocalypse. The CD and deluxe CD/DVD were released on September 29, 2009. The album was later released on LP to the United States and Canada. The album was recorded at Bombshelter Studios and “The Danger Zone” in Los Angeles. The deluxe edition includes a bonus DVD with 52 minutes of never-before-released music videos featured in the 2008 Dethklok tour.
Where the Wild Things Are is a 2009 album by American guitarist Steve Vai. The album was recorded and filmed at the State Theatre in Minneapolis, MN as part of Vai’s “Sound Theories” world tour. The 2 hour and 40 minute set contains several new tracks and re-orchestrated pieces culled from Vai’s catalog. Steve Vai is joined on stage by Alex DePue (violin and keyboards), Ann Marie Calhoun (violin and keyboards), Bryan Beller (bass), Jeremy Colson (drums), Dave Weiner (guitar and sitar) and Zack Wiesinger (lap steel).