“John-Paul McLean is an extremely talented quadruple-threat bassist, composer, engineer, and video editor. All of the work that he did with me was top notch, and I’d highly recommend him for any musical endeavor. JP combines his skill set with hard work and an easygoing attitude that makes projects flow effortlessly.”
– Bob Daspit, Producer, Artisan Music & Sound
Currently a member of Melvin Seals & JGB, John-Paul hails from Los Angeles, CA. Originally a guitar player, he switched to bass after graduating from Berklee College of Music in 2002. Since then, he’s resided in the SF Bay area performing and recording with a wide variety of musicians, such as Prairie Prince, Chuck Prophet, and Dawn Richardson. John-Paul is also an accomplished sound engineer and served as drummer Mickey Hart’s house engineer for several years, where he worked extensively on the Grammy-award winning album Global Drum Project. He’s also a skilled composer/arranger, having written music for network TV commercials and mainstream video games. Among his greatest influences are bassists James Jamerson, Bernard Edwards, and Bruce Thomas.