Martin Motnik is a German-born studio and session bass guitarist, known for being a versatile electric and upright bass player, a pioneer in online music recording, and his work with Uli Jon Roth (The Scorpions) and German Sony-artist Eisbrecher. He gained notoriety as a solo performer through his CD “Bass Invader” with Gregg Bissonette, and his works as a freelance bass player and studio musician. 

Born and raised in Germany, one of Martin's first international experiences was as bassist and background singer of the band "The Winners", who had the #1 hit "Go for Gold", which was used as the tile song of the Summer Olympic Games in Seoul.

Several bands later, Martin enjoyed nationwide success with his original band What4 thanks to being featured on Germany's biggest private TV station ProSieben which had picked up one of Martin's original compositions, "All Behind." The band subsequently shared the stage with national acts such as No Angels and DJ Ötzi. Around that time Martin started receiving phone calls from other bands or artists asking him to play bass on their recordings, or be a stand-in player for bands whose regular bassist dropped out.

As a solo artist, Martin released a CD in 2005 together with internationally acclaimed session drummer Gregg Bissonette. The CD "Bass Invader" received praising reviews from magazines all over the world. He toured Europe extensively with the bands Darkseed, Eisbrecher, and The Roxx, supporting singer Graham Bonnet.

In 2008 Martin relocated from Munich, Germany to Los Angeles, CA. Now living in the United States, and with over 2,000 live performances, TV shows and videos to his name, Martin has toured, performed or recorded with the likes of Uli Jon Roth, Chris Slade, Gregg Bissonette, Chad Wackerman, Marco Minnemann, Doug Bossi, and Ray Parker Jr.

2010 has brought Martin to Las Vegas, NV, where he is currently writing and recording new original music. In addition, he is in the progress of writing his first instructional book which will be catering to the advanced bass player. He continues to work as a versatile studio and session bassist, having worked with Dale Bozzio's Missing Persons, Hal Blaine and Don Randi of the Wrecking Crew, and performing with the Las Vegas Jazz Trio, and in the solo band of London's frontman Nadir Dpriest.

Martin is available for studio recordings through www.studiobassist.com. To hire Martin for clinics, workshops or live gigs please use the information on the contact page.

"I am looking forward to playing for you."

Martin Motnik

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