About Me

Scott Sutherland has harboured a passion for the bass guitar for most of his life. An equally enduring passion for music education led Scott to establish Pro Bass Lessons with the aim of aiding aspiring bass players in their pursuit of excellence on the instrument.

Having immersed himself in the sounds of funk, soul and disco as a teenager Scott got his first break playing live and in the studio for many of New Zealand’s top house music producers including Subware and Cuffy & Leon as well as legendary New York disco house producers Mateo & Matos. These formative experiences as a late teen played a large part in his decision to pursue music as a career. Since that time Scott has garnered a reputation as a high quality bassist and one of New Zealand’s most highly regarded music educators.

Scott has also worked as a producer and composer and has contributed music to compilations released by Universal Music, Loop Recordings, Reliable Recordings and RE:MIX Media. He has also been commissioned to write original music for television and radio ads for brands such as Farmers, Avis and Frucor Beverages.

Scott’s main music project over recent years has been the indie rock band Motocade. With Motocade he has toured throughout New Zealand, Australia and the United States and has performed at the APRA Silver Scrolls, NZ Fashion Week, CMJ Music Festival in New York and the Big Day Out.

Over the last decade Scott has taught in excess of 300 bass players. Many of his former students have gone on to achieve prominence in the music scene both here and abroad. Scott has mentored the bass players in some of New Zealand’s most popular bands including The Veils, Cut Off Your Hands, David Dallas, Sherpa and The Earlybirds.

As well as having his own private teaching practice, Scott also teaches bass guitar at St. Kentigern College in Auckland.


  • Fender Custom Shop ’64 Jazz Bass
  • Fender American Vintage ‘62 Reissue Precision Bass
  • Aguilar Tone Hammer 500
  • Aguilar SL-112

Favourite Bass Players

James Jamerson, Jerry Jemmott, Bernard Edwards, Stuart Zender, Joe Osborn, Paul Chambers, Flea, Paul McCartney, John Paul Jones, Dee Murray, Bootsy Collins.

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