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January 27, 2023 2 min read

Izzy Savides is from Detroit Michigan. 
My first experience writing and recording songs was on a little 4-track in second grade. In middle school, I wrote neo-classical pieces for chamber and symphony orchestras. A symphony I wrote in eighth grade was performed by Oakland Youth Orchestras. I played principal horn in many groups and made the 2020 MSBOA All-State Orchestra. In tenth grade, I switched to bass. In 2022, I got an honorable mention for MSBOA All-State Jazz Bass. I have done 35 professional bass gigs this year, including the Detroit Jazz Festival. I do session work now and have recorded bass on songs with Waajeed, De'Sean Jones, and members of P-Funk. I am an engineer at 54 Sound, a studio in Ferndale, MI responsible for recording Eminem and P-Funk. I have recently been writing pop-fusion music, in which I have recorded, mixed, and mastered all the songs. My secondary instruments are trumpet, guitar, and piano. 

Describe your rig or instrument of choice: I use Nordstrand Big Singles in my Ibanez BTB1606 and in my custom Cortex fretless 6.
My favorite amps are Orange and Ampeg, and my favorite bass model is the Ibanez BTB. Nordstrand is my pickup of choice. My pedalboard consists of a Morley Dual Bass Wah, MXR Compressor and MXR Bass Envelope, Digitech Whammy DT, OCD Overdrive, Boss PH-3 Phase Shifter, TC Electronic Chorus/Flanger, and Caverns Delay Reverb. I like the TH-U Full plugin and the Kaleidoscopes plugin and use them constantly on my bass.

How long have you been using Nordstrand? 2 years.My favorite bass, the BTB1606, features Nordstrand Big Singles and I immediately fell in love with the sound upon playing it. I love the versatility of the Big Singles. My bass fits right into jazz just as it fits into metal. I can play anything and get any sound.

Artists whom with you are currently working:
John Heintz, Chad Smith, Gabe Gonzalez, Mike Miley, Tosh the Drummer, Jack Irons, Matt Starr, Horace Bray, Sean Rosati, Kount Funkula, Tim Stewart, Peter Keys, Angelo Moore, Pollyanna

Other artists of note whom with you have worked: De'Sean Jones, Waajeed, Leslie DeShazor, Nate Winn, Dwight Adams, Anton Pastoria, Howie Weinburg, Brandon Williams, Michael Hampton

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