Famous Bassists from Australia

List of notable or famous bassists from Australia, with bios and photos, including the top bassists born in Australia and even some popular bassists who immigrated to Australia. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Australian bassists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These bassists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known bassist from Australia is included when available.

This list is made up of a variety of people, including Michael Peter Balzary and Chris Joannou.

This historic bassists from Australia list can help answer the questions "Who are some Australian bassists of note?" and "Who are the most famous bassists from Australia?" These prominent bassists of Australia may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Australian bassists.

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  • Bob Daisley
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    Robert John Daisley (born 13 February 1950) is an Australian musician, songwriter and author. Daisley is also known for contributing bass and lyrics for Ozzy Osbourne throughout the 1980s and 1990s he has also associated with Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Gary Moore and Uriah Heep.
    • Age: 72
    • Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
  • Christophoros John "Chris" Joannou (born 10 November 1979, in Newcastle, New South Wales) is an Australian-Macedonian musician, best known as the bassist for the Newcastle-based alternative rock band Silverchair. He was the first of the three band members to cut his long hair short. Joannou was nicknamed 'Lumberjack' by Silverchair fans for his love of trees, and plaid shirts. Chris' bandmate Ben Gillies taught him how to play bass guitar, making him the only band member who did not initially know how to play an instrument. As well as being a well known bassist, Joannou was the assistant producer for The Mess Hall albums Feeling Sideways and the ARIA award-winning Notes From A Ceiling. He ...more
    • Age: 43
    • Birthplace: Newcastle, Australia
  • Christopher James "Chris" Ross is an Australian musician. He was the founding bass guitarist and keyboardist of hard rock band, Wolfmother, from 2000 to August 2008. His trademark stage antic is playing the keyboard at a slant or vertically. At the APRA Awards of 2007 Ross and bandmates, Myles Heskett and Andrew Stockdale, won the Songwriters of the Year category. After leaving Wolfmother with Heskett, the pair worked as Doom Buggy, then they formed Palace of Fire (with Matt Blackman) in 2009. In 2011 Ross and Heskett formed Good Heavens with Sarah Kelly (ex-theredsunband). Ross was formerly a digital designer and has three children.
    • Birthplace: Erskineville, Sydney, Australia
  • Lloyd Swanton

    Lloyd Stuart Swanton (born 14 August 1960) is an Australian jazz double bassist, bass guitarist, and composer.Swanton was a member of Dynamic Hepnotics in 1986 and co-founded jazz trio The Necks in 1987 with Chris Abrahams and Tony Buck.
    • Age: 62
    • Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
  • Mark Jeffrey Wilson (born August 1980) is an Australian musician, originally from Geelong. From 2002 to 2012, and since the band's 2016 comeback, he has played bass guitar for the Melbourne-based rock band, Jet. He was asked to join them by three founding members, Nic Cester, Chris Cester and Cameron Muncey, but initially refused out of loyalty to his then-current group, The CA$inos. Days later he rang up Muncey and the Cesters and agreed to join their group instead. Wilson plays a vintage Fender Precision, in either sunburst or white, with a pick. Wilson also plays piano on some tracks ("Look What You've done", "Seventeen", "She Holds a Grudge"), and occasional percussion, samples, ...more
    • Age: 43
  • Flea
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    Michael Peter Balzary (born 16 October 1962), known professionally as Flea, is an Australian-American musician and actor. He is best known as the bassist of the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers and, due to bandmate Anthony Kiedis' brief absence in 1986, is the only constant member of the group. Flea is widely considered among the best bassists of all time. Flea briefly appeared as the bassist for such bands as What Is This?, Fear, and Jane's Addiction. He has performed with rock supergroups Atoms for Peace, Antemasque, Pigface, and Rocket Juice & the Moon, and collaborated with The Mars Volta, Johnny Cash, Tom Waits, Alanis Morissette, and Young MC. Flea also performed live with Nirvana in ...more
    • Age: 60
    • Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia