Artist of the Month

Peter Baltes2019-02-14T00:35:06-05:00

Peter Baltes

Born on 4 April 1958 in Solingen, Germany, Peter Baltes is the long-standing bassist of heavy metal band Accept, featuring on all their professional recordings and selling 30 million records around the world. He started his music career when he was young and was voted as the number one bass player in Burrn Magazine reader’s poll of 1985 and voted best bass player in Europe by Metal Hammer magazine in the same year.

He is an amazing bass player who has always dedicated his skills and talent for the benefit of the band. On the reasons for the success of Accept Baltes says it’s “our dedication to our craft and our work ethic – we really do strive for excellence. When we play on stage we want things perfect. And at the same time trying to achieve the human aspect – that we have fun and play!”

Peter’s music helped forge a new heavy metal musical style during the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s that became part of mainstream popular culture, and which made Accept one of the most historically significant and loved metal bands of the past 30 years.

One of the highlights of an Accept show is the battle between he and guitarist Wolf Hoffmann. “In the old days a bass solo was a little unique, but it was something cool we could offer. We decided now it would be much cooler to have some sort of battle going on – have a little guitar/bass battle, which I win every night (laughs). I’m not very technical. But most things I play come right outta my stomach, my gut and I’m always concerned about the rhythm of things. I see the faces of the people when I play and that’s pretty cool.”

When not playing with Accept, Peter can be heard on Dokken’s “Breaking the Chains” album and on Don Dokken’s solo album “Up From The Ashes”. He also played in the 1984 Monsters of Rock festival world tour, toured with Van Halen, AC/DC, Judas Priest, Ozzy Ozbourne, Ted Nugent, Elton John, KISS, Cheap Trick, ZZ Top, and many, many more. Peter currently lives in Nashville with his wife and two sons. Besides working in Music Production for Radio & TV he continues to compose and perform regularly.

1. How did you get started playing bass?

My first band had three guitar players. So we drew sticks and I lost. It was that simple. Somebody had to play bass.

2. Tell us about your current gigs?

Well, I have been with Accept for over 35 years. I am also writing a lot of production music for radio & TV.

3. How did you hear about Vintage?

A friend of mine got himself a Vintage bass and loved it. I have been looking for some time to find a company who can build me a bass that comes as close as possible to my 1959 P-Bass. Vintage did just that.

4. What do you like most about our basses?

Many things. Most of all the craftsmanship. The tone is awesome. Plus my bass has the right weight against my body. Also, I absolutely love the vintage look.

5. Any advice for players just getting started?

Yes. Don’t just sit in your room and play along to YouTube. Find some friends and practice as often as you can. That makes you a way better player and keeps you out of trouble.