Scott Whitley (Big Country)
- Pop, Rock
- 5500 Super Steels
Shortly after being ‘pushed’ on to bass when he and a few school mates formed their first band Scott witnessed the slap-wizardry of Level 42’s Mark King! Seeing the incredible up-front slap and pop antics of Mark stirred up an excitement and vision in Scott that is still with him to this day!
Scott was playing paid gigs at the age of fifteen and shortly after enrolled at Nelson & Colne College to study music. Around this time he became aware of players like Jaco Pastorius, Marcus Miller, Stanley Clarke, Billy Sheehan and Stu Hamm. All these players had a massive influence on Scott’s playing and attitude to music. The most profound influence was Jaco’s playing on Joni Mitchell’s Mingus album! This album taught him that although the bass is lower in register, it’s simply another melodic musical instrument.
At the age of 18 Scott was regularly playing Jazz gigs wherever and whenever he could. At the weekend he was now playing with a very established covers band which, as well as keeping the wolf from the door, was invaluable experience and really pushed him to be an entertainer – not just a static musician!
Already a successful bassist, Scott began working part time as a recording engineer at a local studio. Whilst there he engineered and co-produced several commercial CDs. After some ten years this led to him being offered a post as a ‘Music Tech’ tutor at Blackburn College.
In more recent years Scott’s YouTube channel – packed with free bass video lessons, reviews, tips and performances has inspired, helped and entertained thousands bassist the world over. The channel and accompanying website has also helped popularise his self-designed signature short-scale bass guitar, the SWB-1.
Scott is the current bassist with Scottish band Big Country. Although busy much of the time touring, he continues to also work as a session player, bass tutor and producer of free online bass-related content.
Over the years Scott has worked with many names including Big Country, The Animals , Jon Walmsley, Eric Bell (Thin Lizzy), Dave Sharp (The Alarm), The Boomtown Rats, The Ric Lee Blues Project (Ten Years After), The Rubettes, Charlie Morgan (Elton John), John Jorgenson (Elton John), Bobby Elliott (The Hollies), The Casuals, The Newbeats, Linda Gail Lewis, Jerry Donahue (Fairport Convention), Clive Bunker (Jethro Tull), Nuno Mindelis, Dave Mattacks (Paul McCartney), Dynamix, Boogie Express, Boogie Station, The Right Stuff, Paul Guard, Chip Kendall, Dawn Elektra, Roo Walker, Philippa Hanna plus many, many more!