We’re excited to announce that Triad 2010 will feature Roy Mitchell-Cardenas, bass player for Mute Math, who will be teaching a Bass Master Class and Rhythm Clinic. Roy is a McAllen, Texas native, and an accomplished teacher in his own right. Roy has taught bass lessons from the road via video and private sessions, and works as a producer / mentor to many artists and bands.
Mitchell-Cárdenas moved to New Orleans, Louisiana when he was eighteen to attend Loyola University New Orleans, where he studiedmusic, philosophy, and classics. His keen interest in jazz flourished in its birthplace, and on a break from school in 1997, he acquired his first upright bass in Reynosa, Mexico. Mitchell-Cárdenas met Paul Meany and Adam LaClave in New Orleans and later joined their group Earthsuit in 1998 after a semester of study at University of North Texas, where he studied bass with John Adams. After 4 years of touring with Earthsuit, the band beginning to break up, Roy left the music business and moved back to McAllen to complete his degree.
While completing his undergraduate work in English at The University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) (2002–2004), Mitchell-Cárdenas played in various jazz, latin jazz, funk, and salsa ensembles. He also reunited with a David “Meshach” Jackson, a long-time friend from Baton Rouge, whose album he would produce and co-write in later (Meshach Jackson – Experiments(in)Drowning(ep) – 2006). It was at UTPA that Roy began writing short stories, and compiling material for his first novel. He is currently searching for a way to publish his books. Many of his stories have been posted on his blog. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English, Roy attended St. Thomas University (Florida) School of Law in Miami; however, he decided to quit in order to take a chance at success with Mutemath.
In response to the redundant questions on bass playing Mitchell-Cárdenas got on the road with Mutemath, he started a free video blog for short bass lessons. These lessons cover technique, tricks, tips, and theory ranging from funk, jazz, latin, and rock playing.
Check out more info, thoughts, and lessons on Roy’s blog: http://roymitchellcardenas.blogspot.com/
Here’s a great interview with Roy in Bass Player magazine: http://www.bassplayer.com/article/mute-maths-roy/mar-08/33761
And of course, there’s this adoring video: