“I've played a lot of gigs that require one nice, supportive bass sound all night—Snarky Puppy is not one of them," says Michael. "I have to have clarity, beef, natural warmth, the versatility to handle ambitious effect choices, and the power and depth to support a deep, resonant keybass. I thought it was impossible to find a rig that could do it all without compromise, until now. Not to mention the fact that the people at Markbass really care about music, and sound. I spent 2 hours on the phone with them as they helped craft the perfect combination of gear for what I needed. Now, I can't imagine playing anything else.”
Michael's rig of choice is a TTE 500 amplifier head through a Standard 104HF cabinet, but he has also been using a MoMark Black 500 head and a New York 804 cabinet.
Michael League is a bassist, guitarist, composer, arranger, producer, label owner, and bandleader based out of Brooklyn, New York. As a military brat, he was born in southern California and grew up in both southern Alabama and northern Virginia. Michael attended the University of North Texas' jazz studies program for 4 years, then moved to nearby Dallas for another 3 years, where we worked with some of the most influential figures in modern gospel, R&B, and soul music, and was mentored by legendary keyboardist Bernard Wright (Miles Davis, Chaka Khan).
Performing, recording, and production credits include Grammy Award winners Roy Hargrove, Kirk Franklin, Tommy Sims, John Popper, Gordon Chambers, Walter Hawkins, and Patti Austin, as well as Musiq Soulchild, Chris Potter, Robert Glasper, Ari Hoenig, Adam Rogers, Lionel Loueke, Lucy Woodward, Justin Brown, Ambrose Akinmusire, Theo Bleckman, Lew Soloff, DJ Logic, Marco Benevento, John Ellis, Sam Barsh, Coco Lee, Marvin Sapp, Myron Butler & Levi, Bonerama, Ivan Neville, Keite Young, and Jason Marsalis among others.
Michael leads the instrumental music ensemble Snarky Puppy (named "Best Jazz Act" in the Dallas Observer Music Awards for 2008, 2009, and 2010), whose grass-roots approach to the changing music industry has met unprecedented success. Their most recent album, "groundUP," reached #3 on the US ITunes jazz charts and #14 on the Billboard jazz charts. His efforts as a bandleader and bassist earned him an interview in the Random House release "The New Face of Jazz" alongside the likes of Wynton Marsalis and Sonny Rollins.
Now in Brooklyn, Michael has his hands in dozens of pots. He plays regularly in over 20 New York-based groups, and spends the majority of his time doing string, horn, and full production for artists on both independent and major labels. In late 2011, he launched his own imprint, GroundUP Music, under Ropeadope Records. Michael is passionately committed to music education and outreach, having given clinics at over 50 schools throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. He also works closely with several non-profit organizations in the U.S.A. and holds an open-ended artist-in-residence position at Roanoke, Virginia's Jefferson Center for the Arts. He also holds a position as Visiting Faculty at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance in London, England, and teaches private lessons at The New School in New York City.
Snarky Puppy is constantly on the road--they recently completed a sold-out tour in Europe and immediately followed up with a series of dates across the US and Canada. They are promoting their most recent CD/DVD release, "groundUP".
Snarky Puppy's official site: http://www.snarkypuppy.com
Michael League's profile at the Markbass site: http://www.markbass.it/artist_detail.php?id=1184
One of many Snarky Puppy videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zJT4luAg3A
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Markbass top-artist Richard Bona plays his Ninja signature products during his visit at Markbass factory.
Luca Angelici from BassYourLife interviewed Markbass top-artist Richard Bona.
Audio recorded @ Officina Musicale, Castellana Grotte (BA) Videomaker Lorenzo Scaraggi.
New video from the Koi live session @ Casa del Jazz-Rome on Accordo.it : "Narada"
We're proud to support, together with our friends at F Bass, the 2nd annual 'Ultimate Bass Camp' featuring Markbass top-artists Alain Caron and Hadrien Feraud!
Deemed a virtuoso by Rolling Stone and Bass Guitar magazines, Mexico native Alonso Arreola is well-known in his homeland as a world class bassist, instructor and music journalist.
On Thursday, June 9 2016 Markbass top-artist Jeff Berlin will have a clinic-masterclass at Markbass factory in San Giovanni Teatino (CH), Italy.
We are happy and proud to announce that all performers and the show band on The Voice Australia 2016 are using Markbass amplification exclusively!
Chilean bassist Mauricio Nader joined the Markbass artist family.
He was just nominated for the final round of the Pulsar Prize in "performer of the year" category for his instrumental album "Solo Pieces for Electric Bass".
Congrats and welcome to Mauricio from everyone at Markbass!!!
As always Markbass supports talented players around the world! Welcome on board Ana!
In less than one year its has quickly become popular in Chinese bassists community thanks to its excellent quality, getting approval by everyone!
LBGS 16 will be held on March 12 & 13 at the Olympia London, make sure you come to see Markbass at Stand D5.
A great new instructional book/CD in Italian for learning shred technique on the bass guitar!
We are proud to sponsor the PLAY Warped Tour contest presented by our friends at Ernie Ball!
Markbass artists Pierluigi Balducci and Vincenzo "Viz" Maurogiovanni release their new album 'CINEMA, vol. 1', dedicated to the most influent movie soundtracks.
Here we are guys! Marco said "I WANT YOU" for Markbass 15th Anniversary and you showed us your enthusiasm for his call! Thank you so much!
Edu Falaschi is about to start his new tour in Italy on February 2016, band line-up feat. Markbass artist Dino Fiorenza on bass, David Folchitto on drums, Mysteria on keyboards and Michele Vioni on guitar.
This contest will give one unsigned band the chance to perform on stage at FLOODfest in Austin, TX, plus win $5000 cash as well as thousands of dollars in gear and prizes.
This video shows how Marco's ideas become real–from his mind to your stage–and the great passion that everyday feeds our work to make products satisfying musicians worldwide.
If you're going to be the upcoming winter NAMM show in Anaheim (January 21-24), please visit us at our booth (Hall C, #4778) to see our exciting Markbass and DV Mark new products for 2016! Plus—as always—we'll have an incredible lineup of artists showing them and performing at our booth!
Markbass top-artist Jeff Berlin launched his PledgeMusic campaign to fund, record and release his next CD, “Jeff Berlin plays Jack Bruce: Songs for a Wailer!”
Thanks to every customer who have played a part in our first FIFTHEEN YEARS of SUCCESS... it's thanks to you that the dream continues!
We're happy to sponsor the "Elettrika vs Batterika" event, that will be held in Rome on December, 12 and 13.
The 4th Bari Bass Day will take place on 6th December in Bari (Italy). We are proud to sponsor this event, feat workshop of Markbass top-artist Dominique Di Piazza and Markbass prizes for the BariBassContest.
If you will be attending the upcoming NAMM show, celebrate with us this important milestone!
Following the excellent feedback received last May and June, Markbass artist Mario Guarini is about to start his winter Masterclass Tour "Come diventare un Musicista migliore", around the Italian music schools.
Mark World will be at 40th edition of SHG (Second Hand Guitar), that will be held on November 15, 2015 at Hotel Quark in Milano.
Markbass top-artist Alain Caron back on tour in Europe with his band, feat. DV Mark artist Pierre Cotè on guitar, John Roney on keyboards and Damien Schmitt on drums.
Alain will present his latest album "Multiple Faces".
On November 6th 2015, Markbass top-artist Hadrien Feraud will play with his own band at SZEGED JAZZ DAYS in Hungary.
14th and 15th October 2015.
Markbass top-artist Richard Bona will have two concerts in France with his band, featuring DV Mark artist Ciro Manna on guitar.
An ALL-METAL-STARS amazing project which will blow you away!
New York-based Markbass artist Marco Panascia will be playing a series of concerts in London and Italy during the month of October.
Marco also will be presenting a bass clinic in Piacenza (Italy) at the Milestone School of Music, on October 17.
Musikhaus Thomann presents the 4th Bass Day, that will take place on 17th October in Germany!
We are proud to sponsor this event, feat workshop of Markbass top-artists Hadrien Feraud and Dominique Di Piazza.
Markbass is proud to support, together with our friends at ZON basses, the "Solo Bass and Beyond" master class of our top-artist Michael Manring, that will be held at Berklee Bass Dept. on October 7, 2015.