Michael Valerio: Standing In The Shadows Of Hollywood

We sit down with one of the busiest and most in-demand bassists in the world to talk about his remarkable career

Michael Valerio: Standing In The Shadows Of Hollywood

We sit down with one of the busiest and most in-demand bassists in the world to talk about his remarkable career

Michael Valerio is the bassist you’ve heard the most whose name you don’t know. Valerio purposely keeps a low profile while occupying the principal bass chair and oftentimes doubling on bass guitar for major movie soundtracks. In all he has contributed to over 1,200 film and TV titles, not to mention steady jingle and recording dates as well as live performances. I first learned of Michael shortly after moving to Los Angeles through another session bassist, Dan Lutz. Every musician who mentions Valerio is quick to acknowledge his masterful technique, his rich sound, and the precision of his execution and expression in any musical scenario, on upright or electric bass. A look back at his journey from his native New York to Los Angeles begins to explain this unique yet under-heralded talent. Born and raised in East Northport, on Long Island, Valerio grew up in a musical home with his mom, a fine ce
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