Known for his soulful grooves and creative use of melodies, we have been so excited and honored to be working with Bergantino Artist Claudio Rocha for this past year. The consummate professional bass musician, Claudio Rocha shares his bass roots with us! Much appreciation Claudio for the great videos you share with us and your kind words!
Where are you from?
I’m from São Paulo, Brazil.
When did you start playing bass and how did this all begin?
I started playing bass at the age fourteen. It was a time when all my friends were starting garage bands and everyone played guitar or drums, but nobody wanted to play bass, so it was my first choice.
Who are your influencers?
My main influences are mostly studio players/sidemen, such as Nathan East, Neils Stubenhaus, Pino Palladino and Brazilian players: Pedro Ivo and Sizão Machado.
Please share some of your musical history with us.
After 3 years studying bass, I was invited by my teacher to play with them, and that can be described as the beginning of my musical career. I started doing studio sessions in 1997 and recorded Brazilian top artists like Claudia Leitte, Daniel and Leonardo. In 2008, I started touring with High School Musical (Disney Brazil) and was a band member for Brazilian Idol TV show. In 2016, I started playing for Brazilian X Factor TV show.
What is your music like?
I try to be a versatile musician due to my studio and sideman work; doing pop, funk, rock
and Brazilian music, among other styles.
What are you currently working on?
I’m currently touring with the singer duo Chrystian & Ralf. I’m writing music for TV
shows and doing studio sessions. I’m also the owner of LH1 studio, so I’m running that and
focused on online recordings.
What do you enjoy about the Bergantino B|Amp?
From the first time I played the B|Amp, I was so impressed with the tone and quality that,
after 20 years, I retired my rack with preamp, compressor and EQ because I had all I
needed with the B|Amp. The way I can get the tone I want with just a few tweaks is
incredibly easy. Sound engineers love it! I’m always getting the best feedback from them.
It’s been one of the best choices of my career!
Please share any accomplishments or achievements you would like to include for our followers.
I was on the cover of Cover Baixo, a Brazilian bass magazine, in 2010.
What else do you like to do besides play the bass?
I love doing photography in my free time.
Do you play any other instruments?
The bass was my first instrument, but I learned to play guitar and keyboard at a basic
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