About Mark

About Mark 2016-11-19T08:45:35+00:00

Mark J Smith is a professional Bass player from the UK and creator of www.talkingbass.net. During the past 25 years Mark has worked all over the UK and the World as a sideman and bandleader, performing every style of music from pop to rock to jazz to classical in ensembles ranging from trio to orchestra.

As a reading sideman, Mark has worked with hundreds of acts such as Jimmy James, Susan Maughn, Peter Grant, Bucks Fizz, Ruthie Henshall, Zoe Tyler, Gerard Kenny, Iris Williams, Elaine Delmar, Barbara Dickson and many, many more.

Mark has a First Class BA(hons) Degree in Music from Leeds College of Music and many years of experience teaching in music colleges and universities around the UK.

 Bass Influences:

Jaco Pastorius,  James Jamerson,  Victor Wooten, Stu Hamm, Billy Sheehan, Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, Chris Squire,  John Patitucci, Michael Manring, Flea, Hadrien Feraud, Janek Gwizdala, Rocco Prestia, John Deacon, Paul McCartney, Pino Palladino

Regular Gear:

  • Fender Jazz Marcus Miller Signature Edition (Dimarzio Ultra jazz pickups, John East Preamp, Hipshot De-tuner)
  • Ibanez Soundgear SR1000
  • Glockenklang Amplifiers
  • Schroeder cabinets
  • Variety of FX units including: TC Electronic Hall Of Fame, Markbass Compressore, Voodoo Labs Sparkle Overdrive, Electro Harmonix Big Muff Deluxe, Digitech Synth Wah and more