Solomon Standing: Playing Bass for Carly Rae Jepsen

Solomon Standing, bass player for Carly Rae Jepsen, talks about the massive success of "Call Me Maybe"

Solomon Standing, seen here rocking the bass, couldn’t be more excited about his recent success

Solomon Standing Happy to Be Along for the Ride with Carly Rae Jepsen

With her hit single “Call Me Maybe” dominating worldwide pop charts and a highly publicized US television debut on Ellen amid a personal introduction by Justin Bieber, it’s a pretty good time to be a band member of Carly Rae Jepsen.

Not having played with other musical types until high school, bassist Solomon Standing recalls various household items throughout his childhood that led him to realize an inherent proclivity towards making sounds.

“Ever since I can remember I have had a special connection with music,” says Standing. “My dad – a musician himself – surrounded me with it at a very young age. I still remember watching his old VHS tapes of different concerts and festivals. There was something about it that excited me.”

Joining Carly Rae Jepsen’s Band

Those early musical inclinations would eventually lead him to fellow Jepsen band member and “Call Me Maybe” co-composer Tavish Crowe.

“Over the years we have become good friends and spent lots of time playing music together. In the fall of 2010 he said Carly was looking to put a new band together and asked if it would be something I was interested in trying. I knew about her although I had not met her personally at this point. I jumped at the opportunity and started learning the material from ‘Tug of War’. The first time I met Carly was at her place where we got together to try out some stuff acoustically. I remember Tavish and I stopped for coffee on the way and her song ‘Bucket’ was playing on the radio. Maybe just a coincidence, but kind of cool just the same.”

It would be a year or so before the band was complete, at which point Jepsen was working on material that would comprise “Curiosity,” the Mission-born singer’s breakthrough release.

“When I first got to hear some of the new stuff she was working on, that’s when I became very excited about the project,” Standing tells me.

“I liked the direction she was going with the new album and was really looking forward to playing the songs. Once she finishing up the recording and production of “Curiosity,” things started to pick up. We started rehearsing a lot more and preparing for the shows that would follow.”

The general consensus among those that have met the former Canadian Idol contestant is that she is indeed as engaging a personality as she appears in both song and conversation, something her 24-year-old bass player will attest to.

“People often ask me if she is as nice and bubbly in person as she seems to be. It’s nice to be able to say yes,” says Standing. “She is one of the most down to earth, hard working people I know. Not just a great talent but a great friend as well. I couldn’t be happier for her as she truly deserves all the success that comes her way and I feel blessed to be a part of it. I’m excited to see what happens tomorrow.”

Based on what’s already occurred one certainly gets the sense that stardom is already happening for Carly Rae Jepsen.