About Me

Al Udell 6
Al with DB - High Res Colour

Hello! I’m a performing bassist living in beautiful Victoria, BC. Born and raised in Saskatoon, I started with formal piano and music training at a young age and switched to electric bass in high school. After some formal bass training, I started performing with bands in Saskatoon’s local clubs and outdoor festivals.

My band experience started with many popular Saskatoon-based acts including GBU, Wildfire, Muffin Hedz, Restless, Critical Mess, Lost Highway, Sam Hell, Naked Finnegan, and Kentucky Fryed. In 1991, I was the recipient of the Gold Fever talent award at the Saskatchewan Music Awards for my bass work on a self-titled Critical Mess album.

I moved to Yellowknife in 1998 and enjoyed 15 busy years performing and recording with a number of popular bands including Jet 30, Starz of Track and Field, Anodyne, Maggie Skeeter, Rough Touch, Leslie Bader Band, Diga, Wake Up Hazel, X1A, Bossmare, and Funk69.

Since moving to Victoria in 2012, I’ve performed and recorded with over a dozen local bands of various genres including Cory Steiner Band, AfterShocK, Phonosonics, Water In The Crawl Space, and Side By Side. See my Band Archive page for a compilation of bands I’ve been involved with.

As a song writer, I’ve collaborated in many original bands. See my Original Bands page for more information. I also compose and record my own music. I’m a long-standing member of SOCAN (the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada) and CIRAA (the Canadian Independent Recording Artists’ Association). I’m also a member of Music BC (Music BC Industry Association), a non-profit society serving the British Columbia music industry.

Although 4, 5 and 6-string electric bass are my go-to instruments, I’ve been devoting progressively more time lately practicing and performing on traditional upright bass.