Amanda Ruzza Group
Contact: Amanda, [email protected]
NYC-based Amanda Ruzza is a bassist for all seasons. Originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil; she brings an organic and vibrant energy to whatever the musical situation calls for. She is primarily known for jazz, but is equally at home with rock, hip-hop and dance.
What have you done in the last year to become a better musician?
I’ve been trying to look at music from the perspective of not being a bass player. I’m trying to hear things and understand them from other musician’s perspectives.
What do you notice when you hear a recording of yourself from five or 10 years ago?
That I am able to craft more of a sound now in terms of the aesthetics of music. I can develop a unique tone from my hands.
Have you added any gear that has changed your sound or style?
I have a lot of analog pedals that bring a unique and original sound to a recording.
Do you have a mentor?
Arturo O’Farrill, Rachel Z, Professor Rory Stuart of The New School, bassist Jeff Andrews and arranger Hugh Goldstein.
What is your most underappreciated quality?
People don’t realize my versatility as a bass player. They’re also not aware of my arranging and production skills.
What’s your worst onstage mishap?
Many times jacks on a bass have broken for no reason. Strings break, amplifiers don’t work; I’m just glad I’m able to fix things myself.
Do you have any gear endorsements?
I have endorsements with Dunlop, MXR effects, Aguilar amplifiers, Mogami cables, Lexicon and GruvGear.
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