Trickfish Amplification welcomes bassist, producer, audio engineer and sound designer Conrad St. Clair to the Trickfish Family of Artists
Conrad St. Clair claims both Madison, Wisconsin and the Greater New York Metro region as his launch pads for his myriad musical sojourns. Aside from playing with numerous local, regional, and international artists, Conrad leads the award-winning arts collective and multimedia performance group, Kicksville, described by Wired Magazine as "code gone wild in The Matrix.” He is also currently developing a Frank Zappa tribute show, acting as the arranger and music director, with a projected debut in 2018.
Conrad was originally trained as a flautist under Gary Hawkes and Julius Baker, but after a short stint at Julliard as a teenager, he switched to bass and never looked back. He has continued to study throughout his career, focusing on composition and arranging under notable professionals such as Arthur Barrow (Frank Zappa, Giorgio Moroder), Kraig Greff (Barry White, Diana Ross), and Les Thimmig (Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton). Conrad has worked as an on‐staff session musician and songwriter for MCA Music Nashville, Mick Fleetwood's Blue Whale, Pinetop Perkins, The Crawdaddies, Popa Chubby, rising star Gabe Burdulis of FUTURE STUFF, Malian ngoni virtuoso Tani Diakite, and Native American performance artist, Robert Mirabal.
“I initially made contact with the Trickfish crew when I was looking for someone to build me an on‐board preamp that was as powerful and clean as an old Neve module. My voyage led me to Mike Pope and David Yates, who insisted I just try the Flex Core pre. I was blown away, and when I found out there was an amp designed around this powerful EQ, I had to give it a serious listen. Again, it was a stunning piece of engineering. The Trickfish Bullhead is like an SSL‐quality channel strip in a bass amp, but durable enough to schlep around the world in a backpack,” states St. Clair. “Ok, all good so far; now to try the cabs and once again the quality sound, rugged construction, and superb voicing have me thinking that these guys are magic bass wizards! Everything they do is just head and shoulders above the rest. I love the fact that these guys are real players with tons of experience – it’s what makes the difference between great and jaw‐dropping. ”
“Conrad is one of those unique individuals who not only plays his ass off but really knows the deep technical reasons that define the hallmarks of the best audio gear. He’s a world‐class audio engineer and holds the primary mixer chair for the $250 million dollar Overture Center for the Arts in Madison WI. In addition to being a recording engineer with thousands of hours of desk time in pro studios, he also arranges, produces, and plays bass,” states Trickfish Founder, Richard Ruse. “Sometimes a guy like Conrad can be a very tough customer because of his background and skill, but he hears the gear the way we engineered it to be heard, and we couldn’t be happier because he really gets it! He’s become a valuable source for competent feedback, and his input has become a part of the process we employ when designing new gear. And most importantly, he’s a wonderful human being and fits our growing family to a T.”
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