About

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Born in Queens, NY, and raised in sunny south Florida, Mitch Friedman chose to play the double bass in his middle orchestra at age 11. At 12, he played his first paying gig, performing classical trio music for current President, Donald Trump, at his Mir-a-lago home in Palm Beach. At 13, Mitch had discovered his true love, the bass guitar. He began obsessing over bands like Jamiroquai, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Weather Report, while balancing it out with Mozart, Beethoven, and Mahler. By 15, Mitch had performed at Carnegie Hall, was ranked the #1 classical bassist in the state for his age, serving as principal bass in his Grammy Award winning high school symphony orchestra (JP Taravella), the Florida Youth Orchestra, and the Florida Atlantic University symphony orchestra, as well as assistant principal in the Boca Ballet where Mitch remains the youngest musician to ever be employed by the company. He was admitted to the University of Miami, Peabody Conservatory, Boston University, SUNY Purchase, and New York University for classical double bass performance, and chose NYU, where he received the largest music scholarship ever given by the school.

After departing NYU in 2007, Mitch made the full switch to electric, and began an eclectic sideman career playing random gigs here and there with all kinds of artists. Roberta Flack, Dorinda Clarke, Lenny Pickett, John Forte, Homeboy Sandman, Elle Varner, the Score, and many others, getting a full taste of the musical diversity he craved in NYC. After making friends with a certain engineer who happened to be Jay Z’s 24 hr on call engineer, many late nights were spent recording bass for thousands upon thousands of tracks for Jay that may or may not have ever seen the light of day.

With a deep love for hip hop grooves, Mitch eventually found his way to “Freestyle Monday’s” at Sin Sin in the LES, a weekly open mic hip hop jam with an incredible live band. It was there that Mitch met his future band mates of Nyle vs the Naysayers (Sony 2009). The band released one official EP and one official LP without label support, opened for Wale, J. Cole, ?uestlove, Pharaoh Monche, Kidz in the Hall, Ninjasonik, and many others, performing all over NYC at venues like Santos Party House, Brooklyn Bowl, and the Theatre at MSG. Shortly after signing with Sony, the bands LP was shelved, and they were quickly dropped in Sony’s “big purge” in 2010. Without label funding to clear samples on the bands debut LP, the band decided to release the album for free online and dissolve.

Looking for work, Mitch found his way into world renown jewish rock/blues/world music band, Soulfarm. He remained in the band for almost 7 years, recording 4 studio albums, performing several world tours, and departing in 2015. In 2011, Mitch joined the Kelley James band out of LA in support of OAR on their summer stadium tour, and continued to tour with the band whenever Soulfarm wasn’t busy, performing at venues ranging from Red Rocks in Colorado to private Islands in the Bahamas, opening for artists like Maroon 5, the Goo Goo Dolls, Kid Rock, Will.I.Am, Los Lobos, Foreigner, and RUN-DMC. Shortly after, Mitch became the bassist and musical director for American Idol runner-up, Crystal Bowersox, touring around the country on and off until 2015.

Since then, Mitch has become the main bassist of NYC’s jewish music scene, performing nightly with a number of different wedding bands, singers, producers, and artists, such as: Yaakov Shwekey, Mordechai Ben David, and Avram Fried. He also holds the bass chair in Consoul, New York’s premiere video game big band, and can be found gigging around the New York area.

A long time endorser of La Bella strings, Mitch is also the director of artist relations for La Bella’s Olinto basses.