The Industry

The Coolest Female Bassists of All Time

31st May 2017

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In what can often be a male-dominated environment, female bassists have truly made their mark in the music industry. Here’s our list of the coolest female bass players of all time:

Kim Deal

Not only is Deal the ineffably cool former bassist for The Pixies, but she was also a longtime member of The Breeders and The Amps. In addition to her trophies earned within the grunge scene, she’s a pioneer of the All Wave philosophy of recording – a minimalist ideology which shies away from contemporary production techniques in favour of an entirely analogue, computer-less recording process.

Brody Dalle

Having recently formed an, as yet unnamed, supergroup with Alain Johannes from Eleven, Michael Shuman of Queens of the Stone Age and Garbage’s Shirley Manson, Dalle also maintains a prolific solo career. Having learnt her craft as bassist for punk outfit The Distillers, Dalle also performs as part of the alternative rock band Spinnerette.

Melissa auf der Maur

Hailing from Quebec, the bassist for Hole and The Smashing Pumpkins is a multi-talented lady, enjoying an established solo career whilst also collaborating with some of the biggest names in grunge.

Divinity Roxx

Taking time out of her busy schedule as Musical Director and bassist for Beyoncé, Divinity Roxx recently paid a visit to BIMM Berlin for a Masterclass. Her playing style can be described as a melting pot of blues/funk/soul/hip hop/rock – although the list could go on and on!

Kim Gordon

The native New Yorker and renowned bassist for Sonic Youth can also claim to have produced records by Hole, in addition to having collaborated with Yoko Ono, Kathleen Hanna and Ikue Mori. Something of a feminist icon and frontrunner of the riot grrrl movement, Gordon has paved the way for female instrumentalists throughout her career.



Elizabeth Jacyshyn-Owen

Elizabeth Jacyshyn-Owen is a Berlin based writer, translator, and BIMM Bristol graduate currently acting as music editor for indieBerlin. She has an MA in Musicology from Oxford Brookes University and is studying for a PgCert in Translation.