Juan Alderete

Juan Alderete de la Peña has been playing bass for more than 30 years and has become one of the most respected players in the industry.

Alderete and acclaimed guitarist Paul Gilbert met in 1985 and formed groundbreaking metal outfit Racer X. Subsequent albums Street Lethal (1986) and Second Heat (1987) showcased the band’s remarkable shred-metal skill, speed and dexterity. Racer X disbanded after a pair of live albums, but reformed more than a decade later for Technical Difficulties (1999).

Alderete is best known for his work in the Mars Volta. In 2003 was invited by Mars Volta guitarist, composer and producer Omar Rodriguez-Lopez to play bass on the tour for the band’s debut album of that year, De-Loused in the Comatorium.

After becoming a permanent member of the Mars Volta following the successful yearlong tour, Alderete made his recording debut with the group on second album Frances the Mute (2005). Subsequent albums included live set Scabdates (2005), Amputechture (2006), The Bedlam in Goliath (2008; 2009 Best Hard Rock Performance Grammy award for “Wax Simulacra”), and Octahedron (2009). Alderete also makes frequent studio and onstage contributions to Rodriguez-Lopez’s prolific solo output.

Most recently, Alderete reconvened Big Sir for a 2010 Bass Player Live performance.He continues to work on releases and performances by several of his projects, and to help feed his addiction to stompboxes, Alderete has his website Juan Alderete’s Pedals and Effects.

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