Read the September 2018 Issue
Victor Brodén

Victor Brodén

Nashville bassist and producer Victor Brodén is the host of The Lowdown Society Podcast. Victor has toured and recorded with more than 30 major-label artists, including LeAnn Rimes, Richard Marx, Casting Crowns, and Randy Houser. His credits also include Grammy-winning albums and numerous television specials and network talk-show performances. You can reach him at vbroden@yahoo.com

ARTICLES

On Bass: Humanity, Schmutz, and Intentional Imperfection

March 20, 2017
Your bass tracks have been edited to perfection, but is any life left in them?
Read More

On Bass: Stick to Your Resolutions

February 14, 2017
Why holding yourself to a higher standard is a musical responsibility.
Read More

On Bass: It’s All in the Approach

January 17, 2017
Overplaying bassists aren’t typically held in high regard, but there are ways to let your creativity shine through while still maintaining a solid foundation.
Read More

On Bass: Tips for TV Gigs

December 15, 2016
Keeping your playing, gear, and footprint tight is the best strategy for live-recorded broadcast performances.
Read More

On Bass: Low-End Life Hacks

November 17, 2016
Why the "right" way isn’t always the right way.
Read More

On Bass: The Challenges of Travel

October 19, 2016
For bassists on the road, size does matter.
Read More

On Bass: Get Over Your Tone

September 11, 2016
Step out of your comfort zone by strapping on an unfamiliar bass.
Read More

On Bass: Supercharge Your Sonic Options

August 1, 2016
Having multiple basses to cover a wide spectrum of tones is a good thing, but then practicality sets in.
Read More

On Bass: Spotlight on Sonny T.

June 28, 2016
When Prince wasn’t playing bass himself, he employed top-shelf bassists like Sonny T. to tackle the low end.
Read More

On Bass: The Lowdown on Prince’s Low End

June 21, 2016
Praise for the Purple One’s mad skills on bass and a firsthand account of one of his legendary after-parties.
Read More

On Bass: How to Impersonate a Synth Bass

May 23, 2016
Tips for conjuring synth bass sounds without bringing a keyboard to the show.
Read More

On Bass: Can You Duet?

April 13, 2016
Playing bass in a duo often requires making adjustments to your approach, but can be a very rewarding artistic endeavor when done right.
Read More

On Bass: Varying Techniques in a Song

March 17, 2016
How to practice staying even when bass lines get odd.
Read More

On Bass: The Song Guys, Part 2

February 15, 2016
They might not be household names, but these four stellar bassists offer a wealth of inspiration to tap into.
Read More

On Bass: Free Your Mind and Your Bass Will Follow

December 30, 2015
On finding inspiration—from an 11-year-old punk-rock kid with dubious technique, a rumbling motorcycle engine, and current pop-music divas.
Read More

On Bass: The Reluctant Tapper

December 8, 2015
Victor Brodén navigates the uncharted waters of a technique he’s long avoided.
Read More

On Bass: Deconstructing a Perfect Bass Line

November 4, 2015
Break down the mind-blowing bass-line elements from a late-’80s Bon Jovi hit.
Read More

On Bass: Challenging the Visual Status Quo

October 5, 2015
What does the bass model you choose to play say about your playing ability?
Read More

On Bass: Unlearn Your Bass

August 24, 2015
Step out of your tuning comfort zone and you may be pleased with the musical results.
Read More

On Bass: Maximize Rumble, Minimize Blowback

July 23, 2015
How to create an onstage bass presence without pissing off your bandmates and FOH engineer.
Read More