About Mohini Dey
Hailed as a “phenomenon” by legendary guitar virtuoso, Steve Vai, who was blown away by her soulful chops and extraordinary connection with her instrument, 22-year-old Mohini Dey has already established herself as one of the most talented bass players of her generation.
Born in 1996, Mumbai, Dey was introduced to music at the age of three by her father, Sujoy Dey who is a bassist himself.
When she was introduced to Indian music director, arranger and drummer, Ranjit Barot, he was absolutely stunned from the very moment he witnessed the young prodigy’s wicked ability to slap, pluck and slide her fingers effortlessly on her fretless bass.
Shortly after their meeting, he decided to feature her on his album “Bada Boom (2010)”. Barot also made her a part of his live band on MTV Unplugged in 2011.
Despite her young age, Dey has already worked with some of the most respected musicians and composers in the world such as global producer, Nitin Sawhney, living legend, Steve Vai, as well as Guthrie Govan, Marco Minnemann, Jordan Rudess, and Mike Stern.
Growing up in a musical environment with her father playing the bass and her mother, trained in classical music, has given her a solid foundation to pursue a career in music. Although, Dey is an ardent fan of the bass legend, Abraham Laboriel and slap pioneer, Mark King, she’s indebted to the seniors who have helped her understand music better.
Dey believes, that if you want to become a professional musician, its important to be a good listener and appreciate the nuances in a broad range of styles and genres.
To hone her craft, Dey likes to study notations and memorize songs, as if she was preparing for an oral exam. She also loves to pick up on the experimental vibe from various percussion instruments like the unique phrases of the Indian tabla and emulate them on her bass.
Dey is a once in a generation talent and has got the ability to become one of the most influential bass players out there.