Music I Am #31 – Alejandro Rutty, composer and bassist

The moment when you knew you wanted to be a musician:

At 16, when my rugby coach (day job: publicist) told me that even though there is some space for creativity in advertising, in the end it’s just an office job, so if what I really cared about was creativity I was better-off going all the way and become an artist.

An important skill for a career in music that does not have anything to do with an instrument or making music:

Reading and acquiring random knowledge

Two ways you stay motivated:

  1. I make the act of composing entertaining, so it does not feel like work (it is).
  2. I can’t help it, I have music constantly popping up in my head, so going about playing it or giving it shape is actually soothing and fulfilling.

Latest Project:

Why Bass? an album with solos, duos, trios and quartets for electric bass.









What inspired it:

A catalyst for this “all-bass” project was the wonderful 6-string bass made by Keith Roscoe in Greensboro, NC, pictured on the album cover (Roscoe LG 3006) . Playing it made me realize that the electric bass can be an exciting vehicle for my music, so I started composing and then I couldn’t stop.

Who’s on it:

This time, I played and recorded all parts, so it’s just me out there.

How do you discover new music?

I mostly play my own music, so I am not usually looking for music to play. As for music to listen to, I keep my ears open and ask around.

One living and one dead musician that deserves more attention:

Michael Manring solo albums on the bass are one of a kind (especially “Small Moments”).

As for dead musicians, I am trying to forget them all and focus on the living, of which there are plenty.

Where can we find you online?



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