Hadrien Feraud

Hadrien Feraud is a rising star in the bass world. In addition to recent collaborations with John McLaughlin and Chick Corea, he has also released his debut CD as a solo artist.
Hadrien Feraud is one of the rising young stars of the bass world. He was born in Paris on August 16, 1984. His parents, both musicians, immersed him early in many different musical styles including rock 'n' roll, blues, funk, new wave, traditional and jazz. After brief flirtations with guitar and drums, he became curious about the bass--and at age 12, hearing Jaco Pastorius with Weather Report sealed his fate. As he dedicated himself to his new love, Hadrien also discovered other players such as Dominique Dipiazza (who also became a friend), Victor Bailey, Christian McBride, Anthony Jackson, Matthew Garrison, Gary Willis, Richard Bona and others.

In 2001, Hadrien played at the "Basse Contre Basse" concert in memory of double bass player Francois Jenny-Clark. Joined by Bireli Lagrene and Sylvain Luc on guitars and Franck Agulhon on drums, Hadrien was quickly noticed by the star-studded audience which included Richard Bona, Garcia Fons, Dominique Dipiazza and the Moutin brothers.

The next year Hadrien formed a power trio called Le Cartel, with Jim (guitarist) and Jon (drummer) Grandcamp. Bireli Lagrene invited the group to play at the "Night of the Musicians," at the Trianon Palace in Paris, and after that the band went on to play on various stages in France and abroad.

Eager to meet other bass players, Hadrien decided to compete at the Euro Bass Day in Verona in 2003 and was selected as a finalist; he also took first prize at the French national contest "Haut les basses" in 2004.

Hadrien has shared stages with such names as Rido Bayonne, Sheik Tidiane, Marc Berthoumieux, Jean Marie Ecay, Mokhtar Samba, Dominique Dipiazza, N'guyene Le, Thierry Eliez, Flavio Boltro, Paban Das Baul, Bireli Lagrene and Andre Ceccarelli.

In 2005, John McLaughlin invited Hadrien to play on two tracks for his album Industrial Zen. This collaboration will continue this year, when Hadrien joins McLaughlin for an American tour starting in September.

In 2007 Hadrien released his self-titled debut album as a solo artist, and recorded with Chick Corea for an upcoming release. Hadrien Feraud is quickly earning his place in the international brotherhood of bass virtuosos!

"I first played Markbass because of the great tone I got with a CMD 102P combo, but also because it was a small, very lightweight combo with tons of power!" Hadrien enthuses. "In fact, it's all we need as bass players! There's no complication with a Markbass head: you plug it in and it works immediately. I often go to gigs with only my Little Mark III head in a backpack. That's another reason I play Markbass--you can go everywhere with your own sound."

 photo : Sigi Baramsky

Hadrien Feraud and "drummer" David Haynes performing at the Markbass booth, Frankfurt Musikmesse, April 2009.
Hadrien Feraud and Nathan East jamming on one bass in the Markbass room at Bass Player Live 2008 in Los Angeles, Nov 2, 2008.
Marcus Miller and Hadrien Feraud, "Continuum", Markbass booth, NAMM 2008
Hadrien Feraud with Janek Gwizdala at Bass Player Live '09 in Los Angeles. Tom Brechlein on drums, and Otmaro Ruiz, keyboards.
Hadrien and Chris play "Teen Town" at Agorà Stage
What A Fool Believes (The Doobie Brothers) - Performed by Nicki Gonzalez band feat. Markbass top-artist Hadrien Feraud
April 28, 2010
Top Markbass endorser Hadrien Feraud will give a series of clinics in Italy, May 8-10.
July 20, 2009
Hadrien Feraud, Michael Manring and Linley Marthe have all been chosen by top jazz critics as some of the best jazz bassists in the world, in Downbeat Magazine's 57th annual Critics Poll.
July 23, 2008
Markbass artist Hadrien Feraud has won the "Rising Star Electric Bass" award in Downbeat magazine's 56th annual critics poll.
October 13, 2011
Hadrien Feraud and Igor Saavedra will both give clinics at the Bass Player Live event in Los Angeles, October 22-23.
October 16, 2012
Bass Player Live will be held in Hollywood this weekend (Oct 20 and 21) and will feature a clinic by Hadrien Feraud, and appearances by Igor Saavedra.