Martin Motnik is a German-born studio and session guitarist and
bass guitarist, known for being a versatile electric and upright bass player, a
pioneer in online music recording, and his work with Uli Jon Roth (The
Scorpions) and German Sony-artist Eisbrecher. He gained notoriety as a solo
performer through his CD “Bass Invader” with Gregg Bissonette, and his works as
a freelance bass player and studio musician.
Born and raised in Germany, one of Martin's first international
experiences was as bassist and background singer of the band "The
Winners", who had the #1 hit "Go for Gold", which was used as
the tile song of the Summer Olympic Games in Seoul.
Several bands later, Martin enjoyed nationwide success with his
original band What4 thanks to being featured on Germany's biggest private TV
station ProSieben which had picked up one of Martin's original compositions,
"All Behind." The band subsequently shared the stage with national
acts such as No Angels and DJ Ötzi. Around that time Martin started receiving
phone calls from other bands or artists asking him to play bass on their
recordings, or be a stand-in player for bands whose regular bassist dropped
As a solo artist, Martin released a CD in 2005 together with
internationally acclaimed session drummer Gregg Bissonette. The CD "Bass
Invader" received praising reviews from magazines all over the world. He
toured Europe extensively with the bands Darkseed, Eisbrecher, and The Roxx,
supporting singer Graham Bonnet.
In 2008 Martin relocated from Munich, Germany to Los Angeles,
CA. Now living in the United States, and with over 2,000 live performances, TV
shows and videos to his name, Martin has toured, performed or recorded with the
likes of Uli Jon Roth, Chris Slade, Gregg Bissonette, Chad Wackerman, Marco
Minnemann, Doug Bossi, and Ray Parker Jr.
2010 has brought Martin to Las Vegas, NV, where he is currently writing and recording new original music. In addition, he is in the progress of writing his first instructional book which will be catering to the advanced bass player. He continues to work as a versatile studio and session bassist, having worked with Dale Bozzio's Missing Persons, Hal Blaine and Don Randi of the Wrecking Crew, and performing with the Las Vegas Jazz Trio, and in the solo band of London's frontman Nadir Dpriest.