Elton Bradman

Everett Elton Bradman, a percussionist since the age of seven, has enjoyed thousands of bass, drum, and percussion gigs, playing everything from funktastic ’70s/’80s classics, ’90s hip-hop, New Orleans second-line, live circus music, gospel-ish R&B, and dirty white blues to airtight Afrobeat, old school and contemporary jazz, sensitive singer-songwriter stuff, hot salsa/cumbia, and Polish Hare Krishna reggae (his bass contributions helped Madi Das’s Bhakti Without Bordersget nominated for a Grammy in the Best New Age category in 2014). As a wordsmith, Elton—who has a BS in magazine journalism and an MFA in music/sound design for visual media—is proud of his contributions to a long list of publications (including Rolling StoneVibePremier GuitarElectronic MusicianKeyboardAcoustic GuitarUkulele, and Drum!) and his role as editor for books by 21st-century bass icons Janek Gwizdala and Damian Erskine. Currently based in the Bay Area, Elton stays busy doing music and sound design for theater and film. He is a former editor-in-chief of Guitar World’s Bass Guitar magazine and senior editor of Bass Player. Say hello at eltonsounds.com!