by Karl Clews

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Comes in a gloss cardboard wallet.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Dissident via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 3 days

      €12 EUR or more 


  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    Purchasable with gift card

      €10 EUR  or more


  • Full Digital Discography

    Get all 5 Karl Clews releases available on Bandcamp and save 25%.

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads of Navigator, Elements Vol.1: Jazz Funk Fusion Classics, Dissident, Reboot EP, and Testify. , and , .

    Purchasable with gift card

      €41.25 EUR or more (25% OFF)


Patterns 01:55
Switchblade 02:45
Étude 02:09
Juggernaut 03:56
Satori 03:16
Psychobabble 03:20
Las Olas 03:18
Spiral 01:12
Creeper 03:10
Walk Lightly 02:41


Karl Clews is an experienced session and touring bassist. In recent years he has become known for his solo bass arrangements of popular tracks on YouTube, from current chart hits to jazz and funk classics and movie themes. 'I wanted to demonstrate the potential of the bass guitar - technology and playing styles have progressed so rapidly on the bass in recent years, the bass is no longer restricted to playing just the root notes in a band. It's now capable of playing melody and chords, and can even carry a whole piece on its own' says Karl. 'However, there's still an 'old-school' mentality among certain players and listeners who see and hear what I do and have no qualms about telling me I'm playing the bass 'wrong'. Hence the title of this collection of my originals, 'Dissident' - I see myself as one of a growing number of bassists who are fighting the established preconceptions of what a bass should sound like.'

All pieces in this collection are performed using only 4-string electric basses and percussion.


released January 8, 2020

All music composed, performed, engineered and produced by Karl Clews, except drums in tracks 1, 11 and 15 performed and recorded by Richie Dittrich.

Karl uses Bogart and Status electric basses, a Chowny SWB Pro piccolo bass, and a Palatino EUB.


all rights reserved



Karl Clews Galway, Ireland

Karl employs a variety of techniques including slap, two-handed tapping and classical guitar-style thumb- and fingerpicking, to combine melody, chords and bassline in a single performance, effectively making his bass guitar a self-accompanying instrument, without the need for other instruments. ... more

contact / help

Contact Karl Clews

Streaming and
Download help

Redeem code

Report this album or account

If you like Karl Clews, you may also like: