It all started when Sven was 17 years old. After persevering on drums he accidentally found himself playing bass with his High school trio one night in their weekly after school rehearsal. He quickly noticed he felt more at ease with the electric bass. The group soon agreed the swapping of instruments and went on to perform in various school performance evenings and events.
Sven practiced on the Bass everyday, mainly learning songs by ear and writing grooves on an 8-track Fostex recorder. it was roughly a year After pursuing Art and media studies at the local college Sven realized he could no longer ignore his hunger and love for music. In 2002, Sven enrolled at Colchester Institute where he studied for two years in music theory, production and performance. After completing the course he still craved for further education on both his instrument and the music industry.
In 2004, Sven enrolled at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts where he studied for four years and graduated with a diploma in performance electric bass. He studied with the likes of Marty Walsh (Super Tramp, Neil Diamond, Donna Summer). He also had one on one private tuition with some of Berklee’s renouned bass faculty like Anthony Vitti, (The Platters, Sammy Davis Jr). and Lenny Stallworth, (Roy Hargrove, Maceo Parker). Sven got to meet some of his all-time favourite influential musicians such as Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, ‘Francis Rocco Prestia and Chick Corea.
His debut EP ‘The Cove’ released on Omega Supreme Records in 2015 is the demonstration of Sven’s unique ability to create atmospheric funky music.
1. What’s your favorite tune to cruise at night?
Answer: Rodney Franklin – “Stay On In The Groove” (1984)
I love cruising to this one, The chords allow the scenery to float by to a steady mid tempo beat. I usually play instrumentals versions to really appreciate the groove of songs. you can’t deny that bass line, make sure the subs are up!
2. What’s your favorite tune to chill?
Answer: Eric Serra – “Deep Blue Dream” (1988)
This track was taken from the movie Big Blue, a beautiful movie with a great sound track.
Eric Serra is great at writing film scores and making music for film. I love the fretless bass on this track, the whole tune is beautiful and always transports me to swimming in the sea.
3.What’s your favorite tune for a romantic evening?
Answer: Eric Leeds – “The Dopamine Rush” (1991)
Theres nothing better than a real log fire, some wine and a good Saxophone track, and of course some good company.
I think this track was originally written by Prince, featuring him on Bass. There is another version where he signs. I love Erics playing, settle flute riffs, catchy horn line, tight bass, Perfection
4. What’s your favorite tune to shake your body down to the ground?
Answer: Michael Sterling – “You” (1986)
I love jigging to this one, Michael Sterling really seems to drive the groove to this track. The chords are beautiful, lots of space to allow room for the guitar comping. this always gets my toe tapping.
5. What’s the tune that gives you instant nostalgia?
Answer: Steve Miller Band – “Shangri Lah” (1984)
I remember my dad playing this a lot when I was younger. I think this record was quite ahead of its time back 1984. The use of samples and drum machines together with live drums always sounds great to me. The break down in this tune is great, I love the syncopation of Steves productions.
Official website: http://svenatterton-music.com