JuffBass

Brief history of JuffBass

My name is Zoltan from Hungary, and I was born in 1993. In 2008, at Christmas, I got a bass guitar and that was the moment my whole music adventure began. In February of 2012, I made a Youtube channel called JuffBass. The name is a combination of two words: Juffy and bass. This channel is still active, and I’m uploading covers to it from my favourite bands include Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand and The Strokes. Every cover of mine includes the song’s tabs too, so everyone who wants to learn the song can. It feels good to upload a video to Youtube with the certainty that I can help others. Nowadays this is my channel’s main purpose. My channel is growing every day, right now it has more than 36 500 subscribers.

I always wanted to show the world my musical passion. I came up with an original riff at the end of 2017 and that was the moment were the idea was born. At that moment, I thought I would make a bass instrumental album with my own original pieces. I finished my first album in April 2018, having been released on 22nd May called Moments with Birds. To release my first album was a really beautiful moment. Those songs are the most important ones to me because they are my first songs, all with their own stories. Since my first album I released 3 other albums, each of them is a bit more than the previous. In 2018 my second album was born and they were not just bass instrumentals, the songs had ambient background noises as well, like rain or cracking fire. In 2020 my most successful album came with the title “Hiraeth”. Drums came in instead of ambient background noises. In 2021 my fourth album was released with the title “Farewell Flight”. Along with the two basses and drums, a third bass line came in with ambient and over driven effects.

At the beginning of 2021 I started to learn and play on guitar. After I learned more than 500 songs on bass, it was not too interesting to learn other’s songs again on a different instrument, so I started to write my own melodies with the idea that I will use my next album for learning on this other beautiful instrument. After 4 months of having a guitar, I’ve written my first guitar song, “Ephemeral”. That was the moment where I started to work on my fifth album, “Monolith”.

When I write a song, I always want to make sure that it represents my inner feelings. Sometimes it’s happiness, sometimes it’s an other feeling. My goal is to give the world something that can bring something useful, helpful or joyful to people’s life, while I’m having great moments too.

Thank you very much for reading the brief history of my music project!

Discography

Monolith

Brief history of making Monolith

Ephemeral was the first song I made for this album, to be honest I started this whole project accidentally. At that time on my Youtube channel I made a cover where I used my new guitar as well, not just my bass, to play a solo. During the preparations for that cover, I was messing up on my guitar just for fun and then I made a chord progression accidentally, that I liked. At the middle of a Friday night in June (2021), I started to work on that progression and in two days I had the whole song. The title came, because I thought it will be a long song, but it turned out to be a relatively short song (for post-rock).

The second was Personal Reminiscence, I wrote it on a really busy week at the end of June, the beginning of July. The title is pointing to that busy week, so I will never forget this week. It was a bit hard to come up with the chorus, because I didn’t really know how to write them on guitar in my style, so it was something I had to learn and this song was a huge step in that process.

Then I started to write Monolith, we are at the middle of July now. I got stuck after the first verse, before the first chorus…I really liked the song’s beginning, because it has some God Is an Astronaut vibes for me and I really like them, so I didn’t really want to throw out this song. One of the many tries became another, unplanned song, it’s The End of the Spectrum)…At some point I wanted to continue Monolith as The End of the Spectrum begins, but they were too different (according to my brother and friends), so I decided to work on it as a different song. I think it has really nice album-opener song vibes, that’s why it’s the first song on the album. After it, Monolith caused me a lot of annoying and sad nights, so I stopped this whole album project around the end of July. I seriously thought I will never be able to finish this song and this album. Started again in October, when I was able to continue Monolith and it was such a great feeling to finish this song, I would say that’s the song I’m the most proud of on this record. Especially that I finished it without a properly working monitor. My old monitor got broken and it was only worked for 2-3 seconds after turning it on…I turned it on several times, in those 2-3 seconds I checked my DAW where should I click with the cursor, then just controlled my DAW with my keyboard. Sometimes we need very weird conditions to finish something. When I’ve found a good chorus idea I started to work on that with a working monitor, then the bridge came accidentally 1-2 days later on a Friday and I was done with it! Between July and October I even wanted to delete the song’s project, I’m seriously glad I didn’t do that.

Also in October I came up with the long intro for Those Calm Fridays. All of my Fridays are really calm and I wrote this song on three different Fridays between October and December. Originally I wanted this intro be an outro, an album closer outro. But when I came up with the rest of the song I thought it would work better at the song’s beginning. This song came out relatively easily out of my guitar. While I was working on Those Calm Fridays, I also started to work on Planes II in November. It was easy to start this song, because I used one riff from my song “Planes” which was released on my third album, Hiraeth. I made bass instrumentals before, but this is the only song that I always wanted to make on guitars as well. Originally I wrote this song for my first album ever, so actually it’s the third form of this song, but the second what was released. I’m learning on piano as well since a few months, maybe it will get a fourth version as well, just with piano!

This album captures a very busy life period of mine and in December when I had these 6 songs, something happened in my life. It was not the best thing, to be honest, but this life event caused a very big creative explosion in me and during January I wrote two songs which I think are the best on my album. They are Rooftops of Montréal which I consider the “hit song” and the other is Meet Me Where We Can Hear the Trains, which is a classic post-rock song, I think that I always wanted to make. I started to work both of them on the third day of January, but shifted my attention very quickly to Rooftops of Montréal, because I really liked the song. Started it on a Monday, finished the song 2 days later on Wednesday. When I finished this song I liked it so much, I was listening to it for 3 hours in my room on that night and I was smiling a lot. I didn’t smile too much during the festive period, but this song made my smile like a child. The power of music. The title came a bit randomly as I really like a video on Youtube what was recorded on a rooftop in Montréal. It’s a guitar cover of a John Frusciante song that I visit from time to time.

Around the middle of January I came back to continue Meet Me Where We Can the Trains, because I only had its outro. I’m pretty happy with this song, it’s my personal favourite. Outside of the chorus there is no repeating part on it, it’s a bit rare thing on this album I know, but my main purpose was to write a post-rock album with kinda the traditional song structures. At the end of January I wrote Landmannalaugar. I felt that something was missing from this album and it was a relatively short “break” in the middle of my album. It was the only song that I had a precise idea about how I wanted to form this song. I always let the songs write themselves (just think about Ephemeral how I wanted a long song, but it came out as a short song), but about Landmannalaugar, I controlled the whole song, if it makes any sense. Especially that the main idea was very different, I had to slow down the whole song and go to a bit different direction.

Thank you very much for reading the brief history of my most beloved album, Monolith!

Farewell Flight

Farewell Flight | JuffBass (bandcamp.com)

1.Quaquaversal 03:59
2.Everest 04:13
3.The Road 04:13
4.Distant City Lights 05:12
5.Dinnae Fash Yersel 03:49
6.Silhouettes of Krakow 04:26
7.Where Rivers Meet 04:05
8.Five Minutes Until the Stars Disappear 05:00
9.Farewell Flight 03:37
about
Hey!

This is my fourth original album, called Farewell Flight. I think this is my last album, where I use only basses with drums. It’s like the end of an era. This era was 3 years long, and it was a beautiful ride to me. I’m learning on guitar slowly, so I would like to use that instrument also on my future albums.

When I’ve been writing my previous albums (Moments With Birds, Evenings On a Balcony, Hiraeth), there were always a few songs that I didn’t like too much, I just finished those songs, so I could finish my album as well. This time I was a lot more patient with Farewell Flight. I wrote these songs with a few restrictions to myself, but the most important was that I wrote a new song in every month. I started to work on this album at the end of July in 2020, and finished it in this year’s March. When I wrote my previous albums I often wrote new songs on every week and I think creatively it wasn’t the most effective method, while now I let my creativity recharge before I started to work on a new song. Thanks for that, I like every song equally on this record and I don’t feel that there’s a song that I’m not satisfied with.

As on my previous albums, I wanted to use new things on this album as well. On Farewell Flight this new stuff are the effects that I used on basslines. Every song have drums, two basslines for melody and two or three additional basslines with effects, to create atmosphere for every song.

I’m very proud of this album, I hope its listeners will have some joyful moments with it.

FAREWELL FLIGHT (ALBUM)


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QUAQUAVERSAL

Like on my first album, Moments With Birds, the opening song was the last written song again.
I wrote this song in March 2021. The word quaquaversal (this is my new favourite english word) means inclining outward in all directions from a centre: just as beds of lava rounds a crater. I thought with this title this song would be the perfect opening. Although the bridge and the outro are the simplest parts of the song, I like them the most because these parts came out of my bass so naturally.

EVEREST

Everest was the first song that I wrote to my previous album, Hiraeth. On Farewell Flight there are two songs like this, but I couldn’t manage to add drums to them. I wrote this song in January 2019. However that was very different, since then the song have changed a lot.
Although only the last part, the chorus is entirely new, the structure of the song was rewrited.
I’m satisfied with this song now, the new chorus is giving it a refreshing feel after two years, and since it’s the last part of the song, it’s like to arrive to a top of a mountain. That’s why this song is called Everest.

THE ROAD

I’ve wrote this song in October 2020. I planned to release a single for a very long time before.
Farewell Flight and for the whole time, I wanted to release this song as a lead single, since I think it’s the catchiest song on my album. I was so happy when I finished the chorus, at that time I liked it the most, so because of that I struggled with the other parts of the song, because I wanted to write something as good as bridge and the verses. While it’s not my personal favourite song, I think this is the best song on Farewell Flight.

DISTANT CITY LIGHTS

For me this song is the second part of my song called Planes. The background behind it is the same too: to write a perfect soundtrack to one of my simplest memories. A few years ago when I walked a lot at night in Debrecen, I really enjoyed to listen calm songs. The city was so quiet, empty and full of lights, perfect scene for walking and thinking (and listening to music of course). The word „distance” in the title refers to that I’m no longer in Debrecen now, and to be honest I miss those night walks.

DINNAE FASH YERSEL

I always like to put simple and very calm songs to my albums and on this album it’s Dinnae
Fash Yersel. It’s a scottish phrase and means „don’t worry”, so it’s a really good match with this song. I wrote this song in February 2021. The writing process of this song was pretty
straightforward. It’s the fifth song, the center of this nine new songs, because I see this song as something which is cutting the album into two parts. Four songs, then a little (coffee) break and then four songs again.

SILHOUETTES OF KRAKOW

This song has the most stories of all of my songs. I wrote this to my previous album, Hiraeth, but when I started to add drums to my songs, I couldn’t finish it. Before drums, I added background noises to them and this one was called Black Cats, so I wanted to record purring for this song. One night when I wanted to record our neighbours’ cat’s purring, I found a homeless little kitten in our backyard. Now this little kitten is my cat and called Gombóc. I think without this song I wouldn’t have found him.

WHERE RIVERS MEET

The most interesting thing about this song is that for a very long time I wanted to make a calm and slow song, but then I wrote the chorus and it changed everything that I had until that point. I wrote this song in January 2021, while I worked on my Star Treatment bass cover. Maybe you would think that the effect at the bridge part isn’t bass, but it is bass. To be honest I can’t remember how I made that sound. The lead bassline in the chorus was the hardest to write and came up with it, because everything that I tried to play there was a bit off.

FIVE MINUTES UNTIL THE STARS DISAPPEAR

I wrote this song in December 2020, just a few days before Christmas. I know you would think that I should write a bit happier song before Christmas, but well…It’s hard to predict me sometimes. I really like the chorus in this song, it was very easy to write, it’s just popped out from my bass. The outro was a part of a different song of mine, that I’ve never released.
Fortunately this song and that outro were a perfect fit together. The song’s length isn’t an
accident.

FAREWELL FLIGHT

After almost two months of work on the songs which I had from Hiraeth (Everest and
Silhouettes of Krakow), basically this was the first entirely new song that I’ve wrote for Farewell Flight in September 2020. Also it was the point when I already knew that my album will be called Farewell Flight, just like this song. Somehow for me this song has a goodbye feeling, especially in its choruses and as I wrote in the album’s description, this is my last album where I use only basses (and drums). The end of a beautiful era.

Alpha Orionis (Single)

Alpha Orionis (Single) | JuffBass (bandcamp.com)

1.Alpha Orionis 03:56

released May 21, 2020

Guitars, synth – Marton Gyorog
Bass – JuffBass
Drums – Jay from GuitarMaps

Written by JuffBass
Mixed and mastered by Gyorog Marton
Artwork by JuffBass

Hiraeth

Hiraeth | JuffBass (bandcamp.com)

1.Maybe Tomorrow 03:31
2.Daydreaming 03:45
3.There’s a Light Far Away 04:25
4.Planes 05:11
5.Mountain Highs, Salty Eyes 03:49
6.Tiniest Cactus I’ve Ever Seen 04:36
7.Prospettive Aeree 03:23
8.Sunset 05:05
9.Wolverhampton 03:11

released January 15, 2020

Written and recorded by JuffBass
Drums on the following tracks 1,3,4,5,8,9 – Jay from GuitarMaps
Artwork picture by Dienes B.

JuffBass (Hungary)
Hiraeth (2020)
Alternative, Bass, Post-rock
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Prospettive Aeree (Single)

Prospettive Aeree (Single) | JuffBass (bandcamp.com)

1.Prospettive Aeree 04:33
credits
released May 10, 2019

Written and recorded by JuffBass
Artwork picture by Maria B.

Fire & Lights

Fire & Lights | JuffBass (bandcamp.com)

1.RK 02:53
2.Cold Nights On a Balcony 04:12
3.Sunny Day 04:26
4.Nineteen Thousand Stars 03:20
5.Regulus Ignicapillus 04:24
6.The Beginning of Winter 03:25
7.Pines In the Mist 03:23
8.The Most Positive Day of the Year 03:03
9.Cinnamon Tea 02:10

credits
released December 24, 2018

All songs written by JuffBass
Recorded by JuffBass
Artwork by JuffBass

Evenings On a Balcony

Evenings On a Balcony | JuffBass (bandcamp.com)

1.The Day Which Could Have Been Most Negative But Ended as Most Positive 04:14
2.Tarantula Hawk 04:31
3.Articles On Leafs 03:23
4.Where Do You Think We Are? 03:58
5.Nineteen Thousand 03:22
6.Curious Little Foxes 04:05
7.The Beginning of Autumn 03:53
8.View from the Armorican Massif 05:23
9.Evenings On a Balcony 03:54

released November 9, 2018

All songs written by JuffBass
Recorded by JuffBass
Voice in ‘Where Do You Think We Are?’ by Réka Kosik
Artwork by JuffBass

Special thanks to all of my friends who supported me and helped me during writing and recording this album.

Moments with Birds

Moments with Birds | JuffBass (bandcamp.com)

1.Morning Routine is a Skill 04:44
2.R 03:07
3.Trees in the Mist 03:17
4.Happiness is All We Have 04:49
5.Regulus Regulus 03:55
6.Strawberry Tea 02:41
7.Breakfast in Texas 03:54
8.Thank You, Mom! 03:33
9.It’s Good to Have a Day Off On a Sunny Day 05:08

released May 22, 2018

All songs written by JuffBass
Recorded by JuffBass
Artwork by my brother

Special thanks to all of my friends who supported me and helped me during writing and recording this album.
Very special thanks to my mom & R for everything.

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Brilliant composer, producer and bassist of instrumental post rock from Debrecen, Hungary , uses layered textures of melancholy, ambient, progressive, alternative in an atmospheric background.

On 26/04/2022 we will have their new release “Monolith” with nine calm melodies there are 4-5 tracks of guitar and drums, all written by Zoltan. There are calm songs (eg Meet Me Where We can Trains), but also catchy songs (Rooftops of Montréal). Their goal was to write a post-rock album, but with traditional song structures, for example, the verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge-chorus structure can be found on this album, while the mood of the songs is within post-rock. . An exquisite, refined, refined album, brightened by virtuosity and marked by creativity, another gem of this talented multi-instrumentalist.

Farewell Flight ends a period marked by bass and drums in his melodies along his trajectory, this album features nine immersive, creative melodies, full of very well elaborated feelings with a beautiful, intoxicating and ecstatic soundscape.

With a smooth, growing and contemplative cadence, his arrangements are melodic, creative and enveloping, set in a multifaceted traveling scenario with arrangements at various levels from below, creating an atmosphere of pleasurable fulfillment in all aspects, an excellent album.

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