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Bass Invader (feat. Gregg Bissonette)

by Martin Motnik

A very versatile instrumental album, from latin sytle to a shredding Racer X cover. And EVERYTHING is played only with BASS GUITARS and GREGG Bissonette on drums. Bonus track for Rush-fans: YYZ featuring MATTIAS "IA" EKLUNDH.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Bee On Speed (feat. Mattias Ia Eklundh)
5:06 $0.99
2. Delayed
3:11 $0.99
3. Where's the Referee?
5:18 $0.99
4. Disease
3:54 $0.99
5. Arizona Sunset
4:59 $0.99
6. Don't Forget to Floss
1:10 $0.99
7. Recepción Con Champán
4:36 $0.99
8. Vinyl Concerto
0:56 $0.99
9. Stages of Ages
5:35 $0.99
10. Pickpocket Prelude
1:35 $0.99
11. King of the Monsters
4:48 $0.99
12. Simpsons Theme
1:26 $0.99
13. Yyz (feat. Mattias Ia Eklundh)
4:24 $0.99
14. Bee On Weed
0:23 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Bass Invader" is the title of bassist Martin Motnik's solo CD with bass, of course, as the main instrument. Motnik began recording the album with the idea in mind to give the listener an overview of all of his many different playing techniques and musical styles. The songs will capture the interest of non-musicians as well, as Motnik uses a creative compositional style to highlight the bass and keep the melody relevant.

Bass Invader features none other than Gregg Bissonette on drums, and, as a special guest, you will hear Swedish master guitarist Mattias "IA" Eklundh on two songs! The basses he uses are two Roya 5 string (fretted and fretless) by Jens Ritter, an acoustic Ibanez AEB 10 and an Esh 6 string.

Bass Professor wrote in April 2005 about the CD, "Bass Invader presents a sweeping blow on all possibilities of playing bass - Motnik masters them all, no matter if slow, fast, tapped or beating with the thumb."


Born on November 10th, 1972, Martin Motnik started making music by playing classical guitar at the age of 8, but recognized by the age of 13 that the bass would be "his" instrument. Based on his experiences with acoustic and electric guitars and influenced by progressive rock bassists like John Entwistle and Billy Sheehan, Martin developed a special way to play the bass guitar - which is best described as "lead bass". Martin gained vast experience in the studio and on stage, by playing with many bands of all different styles, that resulted in him becoming a live and studio bassist in demand. His debut solo CD "Bass Invader" contents 14 tracks in many different styles and shows the versatility of the bass guitar in an incredible way. Songs range from smooth fretless ballads over funky slapping songs to acoustic bass pieces or high-speed distorted picking attacks, making you believe that this must be a regular guitar - which it isn’t. His complex bass arrangements fill out every frequency range and deliver many details, without losing focus on intuitive songs and without overstraining the listener’s attention. The songs on "Bass Invader" are real melodies, not just solos in a row.

Knowing that a bass is worth half without drums, Martin was joined by one of the hottest rock drummers to deliver the beat on "Bass Invader": drummer legend Gregg Bissonette! Gregg is one of L.A.'s hottest studio and live drummers. His credit list features performances with Ringo Starr, James Taylor, David Lee Roth, Joe Satriani, Toto, Brian Wilson, Electric Light Orchestra, Andy Summers, Linda Ronstadt, Gino Vanelli and legendary Carlos Santana, and some of the most famous recordings he played on are The Counting Crowes' (featuring Vanessa Carlton) single "Big Yellow Taxi", Carlos Santana's CD "Supernatural" (which won 11 Grammy Awards), Don Henley's CD "Inside Job", Duran Duran's CD "Pop Trash", Larry Carlton/Steve Lukather "Live in Japan" and certainly David Lee Roth's CDs "Eat 'em and smile" and "Skyscraper" featuring Steve Vai and Martin’s mentor/teacher/role model Billy Sheehan. Together, Maertin and Gregg produce powerful grooves, building the foundation for the catchy tunes.

Wanting to give the regular guitar fan something, too, Martin invited Swedish guitarist extraordinaire Mattias IA Eklundh for a guest appearance. Mattias is today considered one of the most innovative and ground breaking guitar players around with a fast growing global following from fellow "guitar nerds" to simply true music freaks. Mattias’ minimalist, home-brewed, and stripped down approach to the guitar has surprised record buyers and journalists around the world. There simply aren’t any signs of expensive guitar effects or processors involved in his playing, despite the sometimes "outlandish" sounds you hear. (Mattias receives e-mails daily from dedicated guys and gals asking him what type of whammy pedal he owns. He finds this very amusing). Still, the unorthodox Swede occasionally uses anything from hose-clips to remote controls and a few other devices (not suitable for printing) to stimulate the listeners hearing organs. Mattias can be heard on "Bass Invader" on the opening song "Bee on speed" playing a very zany chorus melody. Furthermore he takes part on a highlight of the CD, a new version of the Rush hit "YYZ", which is now played by the trio Eklundh/Motnik/Bissonette.



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Wesley James

Bass and Drums at its BEST
This is absolutely the Best Bass CD out there. Covers just about every style of playing you can imagine. If you have an itch to hear what a Bass should sound like, buy this CD. One of my Favorite CD'S. 2 Thumbs Up for this one. When is the next one coming out? I,m there. Thanks Martin for some insightful playing.Needless to say you play along with one of my favorite drummers on this CD. Great..As a fellow Bass player, this has cured the rut I was falling in.


Fulminant solo album
Oops, this guy can play! Bassist Martin Motnik took Über-drummer Gregg Bissonette into the studio to record a fulminant solo album. The first track "Bee on speed" already takes off like a rocket - Gregg plays a fast double bass beat like at David Lee Roth's best times when he was playing on David's legendary album "Eat 'En And Smile", together with Steve Vai and Billy Sheehan.

Motnik is not only able to play faster than the speed of light, which he proves on his lyrical solo piece "Delayed" - appropriately played with a Delay FX. The basses he uses are two Roya 5 string (fretted and fretless) by Jens Ritter, an acoustic Ibanez AEB 10 and an Esh 6 string.

Bass Invader presents a sweeping blow on all possibilities of playing bass: Motnik masters them all, no matter if slow, fast, tapped or beating with the thumb. Another guest on the CD is guitarist Mattias IA Eklundh, who appears on two Songs.

STICKS 2/2006

Really a great CD!
The best friend of a drummer is certainly the bass player, and here two friends (even three on two songs) came together to produce a CD with 14 tracks. But not together, in fact like many people do it these days, every one in his own studio.

The result is 8 songs of pure bass guitar, 6 songs including drums and two valorized by crazy Swedish guitarist Mattias IA Eklundh. Martin shows which amazing sounds you can get out of a bass guitar, and proves his talent as a composer, since 9 of the songs are written by himself, one song is by Matchbox Twenty, one from Explorer's Club, one from Racer X and a great version of "YYZ" (... yes, the song from Rush). And then, as a tribute to Martin's heroes, there's the "Simpson's theme".

Gregg Bissonette impresses again with a powerful groove, precise double bass passages and elaborated fills. A little hint: the 8 bass-only songs are great to play along and do it like Gregg - it gives you a great opportunity to arrange your own drum part. You'll hardly find a better musical "best friend" as a drummer than Martin Motnik. Really a great CD!

ADL.at 1/2006

Both thumbs up!
Martin Motnik is a very unusual guy: His most noticeable stations in his musical career by now (for me and each metal head) are a hit single with "Worlds Apart" and the sound track to the TV series "Hospital under palms". Oh, and he is the bassist of DARKSEED.

That alone would not be a reason to insert the CD into the player. Therefore we write thickly and fat "YYZ" on it - that's right, the "Rush" instrumental song, which here is celebrated extremely beautifully with the guest musicians Gregg Bissonette and IA Eklundh (Freak Kitchen). I can feel my hands getting wet as they float over the CD. So let's go!

After around 20 turns of the CD, I still don't have enough. (Almost) ALL alleged guitars were shredded, picked, slapped and probably even nailed only with bass guitars, from the piccolo bass to the drop tuned double bass. The compositions are not limited to any borders, the spectrum, as mentioned above, reaches from stamping funk over metal to Spanish folklore, and everything is played very skillfully. Martin is (a further plus) also nobody who brags with (existing) ability, but he lets it flash out every here and there, so that you only really notice it when your fingers start to hurt when you try to play along. Also a kick ass idea is to cover the Simpsons Theme, very originally, up to now we had it only by "Dream Theater", but here only with bass!

One word to the companions of this exceptional CD: not to know Gregg Bissonette, at least of hearsay, would mean that you have never dealt with playing drums in your whole life, Mattias IA Eklundh is not only with FREAK KITCHEN, but one of the most innovative string sorcerer; harmonics and excessive use of the tremolo bar which results in very squeaky tones are his field of expertise and his completely own style. If you have "Soilwork's" "Natural born chaos" rolling around somewhere, he has an appearance on "No More Angels".

Positively also the fact that this is not the kind of instrumental CDs that frustrates beginners, and also without singing is thoroughly consumable.

"Pretty nice" would be the the understatement of the century. Here, somebody put a lot of work into it. Both thumbs up!

The International Institute of Bassists 12/2005

Broad range of different styles - only with basses!
On Bass Invader, his debut release as a leader, bassist Martin Motnik demonstrates his skills and the flexibility of fretted and fretless bass guitars with a collection of 14 arrangements that span a broad range of different styles. With drum legend Gregg Bissonette and a special guest appearance by Swedish guitarist Mattias IA Eklundh, Motnik navigates through solo bass pieces, smooth fretless ballads, latin grooves, and distorted, progressive rock tracks while utilizing tapping, slapping, and harmonic techniques.

21st century Metal Net, 01/2006

Martin Motnik, a name to remember!
Let the bass guitar do the talking!!

"Bass Invader'(cool title, by the way!) is the bass instrumental album by a guy called Martin Motnik, a professional bass player from Munich, Germany. All the music on this CD are played by Martin with his Ritter 5-string bass and amazing percussion work by none other than Gregg Bissonette (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, David Lee Roth etc.).

His music has a great variety, ranging from a smooth fretless ballad to a speed number with extreme tapping à la Billy Sheehan to danceable Latin music, and all of them are very accessible and have catchy hooks. When I heard these tracks, I was amazed at the possibility of a single bass guitar. You can replace guitars and keyboards with a bass EASILY, as far as you're so good as Martin, though.

This album has basically no vocals, no keyboards and no guitars, but on track 1 "Bee On Speed" and on RUSH cover "YYZ" there's a guest appearance by Swedish freak guitar virtuoso Mattias IA Eklundh. My favorite track from the CD is the one called "Don't Forget To Floss!" where Martin uses an electric toothbrush. Funny, yet great idea. Let's see if an electric toothbrush can replace an electric drill!! RACER X cover "King Of The Monsters" is another awesome track done by bass... unbelievable.

When it comes to instrumental albums you either love or hate them, but Martin tried something out of the ordinary and managed to keep it interesting enough to listen to. Even if you don't like music without vocals, I assure you'll find this CD really enjoyable.

Martin Motnik, a name to remember!

Alexandr Boev

...unbridled inspiration and fantastic virtuosity...
“Bass Invader” is for those who appreciate unbridled inspiration and real virtuosity in modern music. This is one of the best bass albums to appear through a decade.
Though "Bass Invader" came out in December it sure deserves to be nominated for the “Best Instrumental Rock Album 2005” or the “Best Bass Album 2005”.
This is a dream-album by a dream-power trio. Just listen to the tracks and you will understand...

Dag Fjellby

Martin Motnik with Gregg Bissonette, What a duo!
Considering everything is played only with BASS GUITARS and Gregg Bissonette on drums, this is pretty awesome. The music has virtuosity above normal, and the sound quality is very good.
Gregg Bissonette is in fact on my “Top Ten” drummer list. Together with Martin Motnik they have managed to make “Bass Invader” an all time classic! The Varity and virtuosity in the music is present all the time. Both thumbs Up for Martin Motnik and Gregg Bassinette’s “Bass Invader”
Could we have some more, PLEASE?


Who is that incredible bass player ???
I bought this cd because there was Gregg Bissonette on it who is a fantastic drummer. In fact I didn't know Martin Motnik before hearing this cd, SO WHAT A DISCOVER ! : he is really an incredible bass player. If you like bass-instrumental cds, buy it, you won't be dissapointed !!! Highly recommended for bass fanatics who like Stuart Hamm, Billy Sheehan or Randy Coven.