Who Am I?
Mark Carlson - SF East Bay (Walnut Creek) Bass Player
I learned to play bass in elementary school and played in jazz & pep bands throughout junior high and high school. But after graduation, the bass remained tucked in its case for decades. During COVID lockdowns, my younger daughter expressed an interest in learning to play guitar. I began playing again too, hoping to enjoy the occasional practice sessions with her. Now, I play (or sub) in a few local cover bands:
Check out my schedule of events.
My bass collection has grown from that original 1973 Fender Jazz to include 4 others. My wife says I'm going through a midlife crisis. Well, ok. Yeah. Maybe.
Preferred music styles:
- Pop (70s/80s/90s through contemporary hit)
- Rock (Pop/Alternative/Modern/Classic)
- Contemporary Christian
- Or any other style with fun, interesting bass lines!
Other stuff I'm into:
- Bikes (road & mountain, but prefer mountain)
- Beer (IPA - West Coast & New England Hazy)
Stuff I'm not into:
- Metal or ear-blistering hard rock.
- Singing. I marvel at those who are able to play bass and sing simultaneously!
- Unstructured jam sessions. Prefer to work on songs, sets, and creating exceptional performances.
- Touring - I am employed full time.
Recent Bass Cover Videos
- Show Me Love - Robyn
- King Of Anything - Sara Bareilles
- Walking On Broken Glass - Annie Lennox
- (I've Had) The Time Of My Life - Dirty Dancing (Medley & Warnes)
- Something Happened On The Way To Heaven - Phil Collins
- All About That Bass - Meghan Trainor
- Hungry Like The Wolf - Duran Duran
- Faithful - Go West
- The Metro - Berlin
- King of Wishful Thinking - Go West
- ... See all videos