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NAMM 2017 starts tomorrow!

christopherbolte Gear, General news

Hey guys! I just wanted to post a quick heads up on the upcoming 2017 NAMM Show and my whereabouts at the show.

You will be able to find me at the following booths for most of the show:

Paul Lairat Guitars & Basses // HALL E, Booth 1390

Singular Sound BeatBuddy // HALL D, Booth 2896

On Thursday and Sunday, I will be performing at the Antelope Audio booth (HALL A // Booth 6596) together with the outstanding Pritesh Walia on guitar. I will also be talking about Antelope’s gear and answer questions.

If  you are coming to the show, be sure to stop by one of these locations and say hi! 😉

Gabriella is here.

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Ladies and gentlemen, it is a pleasure for me to introduce to you the newest member of my bass-family: Gabriella!
She is another stunning creation by my luthier of choice and partner in crime Paul Lairat, my first six string bass and also the first ever six string “Gabriella S” model thus far.
She has a wengé top, mahogany body, maple fretboard and Paul’s signature 11 piece (maple, walnut, mahogany, wenge) neck.
I can’t wait to see and play this instrument for the first time at the upcoming NAMM Show! I’m already madly in love with it!

More infos on this bass will appear in the “Gear” section once I’ve will have her at home with me in early February!

Christopher Bolte & Antelope Audio @ NAMM 2017

NAMM ’17: Antelope Audio Demo Schedule

christopherbolte Gear, General news, Gigs

Hey there guys! More news about NAMM 2017 are coming in.

I’m very happy to announce that I will be performing demos for my new and amazing partner company Antelope Audio at the 2017 NAMM Show together with guitarist extraordinaire and fellow “Berkleeian” Pritesh Walia!
Be sure to stop by booth 6596 in hall A, check out their amazing audio interfaces, mic preamps and studio master clocks and hear us play, of course 😉

Other guests at the Antelope booth include legendary producer Greg Wells (Katy Perry) and engineer Brian Vibberts (Aerosmith, The Black Crowes) and more!

Read the official announcement here!

Christopher Bolte @ NAMM 2017

NAMM 2017 on the Horizon!

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Hey there! First of all a happy new year to all of you! I hope you had the chance to relax and unwind during the holidays and get ready for 2017.

Of course, one of the first things on my schedule this year will be the 2017 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California, where I will be representing the amazing companies Paul Lairat Guitars & Basses, SingularSound Beatbuddy and my new amazing partner Antelope Audio with performances at all three booths over the course of the show. It’s safe to say that I am beyond excited 😉

I’m hoping to see some of your faces at the show!

Making the 3rd Natalia Mateo album!

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Hey there! I have good news for you! Right now we are at RecPublica Studios in Lubrza – Poland to record the third Natalia Mateo album which will come out in spring of 2017. RecPublica Studios are housed in a 700 year old mill and boast a pretty enormous live-room as well as a 48 track SSL-Duality console… so the results are sure to sound rather pleasant 😉

Four days of recording are ahead of us so stay tuned for photos and more!

#JoBroBassGrooveChallenge

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Hey guys! You Might’ve already heard about the #JoBroBassGrooveChallenge by Thaddeus Johnson (@tjmusic21) over on Instagram. In one post he asked all the bass players on Instagram to play this original groove and interpret it in their individual way.  It’s not a contest but rather a musical exchange of ideas. So I figured it was about time I recorded my contribution which you can see and hear right here 🙂


Make sure to check out THIS LINK to see all the incredible videos that musicians around the globe (including Mono Neon, Darric Bennett, Mel Brooker and many more) recorded playing (over) this catchy groove!

Rheingold-Music B100 Christopher Bolte

The New Amp Is Here!

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So just a couple of days ago I was fortunate enough to pick up my very own Rheingold-Music B100 bass amp along with the BA12 1×12″ and BA20 2×10″ cabinets in WHITE and I just feel incredibly privileged to finally call the amp of my dreams my own!

Rheingold-Music is a very small company from Duisburg Germany that puts incredible care and attention to detail into handcrafting their tube amplifiers and speaker cabinets. Only the finest components find their way into the final product and it definitely shows in the way these amps manage to project my bass sound into the air and respond to every single nuance of my playing.

The dynamic range, sonic detail, frequency response, impulse accuracy and sheer headroom are simply stunning and you feel like every single bass you plug in simply comes alive! On top of that the wide dispersion characteristics of the cabinets allow the bass to be heard almost everywhere on stage and in the room with equal presence and definition. You don’t even need to use the EQ at all because your tone can be shaped in all directions just by using your fingers – and if you choose to use it the 3 EQ bands are set at very musical frequencies and make adjusting your tone to the acoustic conditions in a given room a breeze.

This is the first amp that gives me the feeling that it projects absolutely EVERYTHING I play and is thus the first amp that I feel will help me grow further as a musician – playing live and practicing with this amp feel entirely different than it did before and I couldn’t be happier about it!

Thank you so much Jürgen Weidner for making this incredible piece of art, bass playing will never be the same for me!

I strongly urge all of you to visit CustomMusicShop and try one of these amps out if you ever happen to be close to Duisburg! It’ll completely change the way you thin about bass amplification!

The dreamers – Am I Wrong (Nico & Vinz)

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Hey folks! The time has finally come that I’m able to present to you the fruits of labour from what had to be my favorite project at Berklee: “The Dreamerz”!!!
11 musicians from around the US and the world (including yours truly) are bringing you this arrangement of the 2013 Nico & Vinz hit song “Am I Wrong” with a fusion-y Caribbean twist 🙂