Legendary funk and R&B bassist working on new album
By Mindy Rochwerg, FBPO Staff Writer
September 25, 2014
Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee, William “Bootsy” Collins, known for his colorful stovepipe hats, knee-high platform “boots” and star-studded bass guitars, is in the beginning stages of a new album. According to Drew Costley, writing for fcnp.com, Bootsy’s new release will be a follow-up to his 2011 album, The Funk Capital of the World, which Collins co-authored with notables Ice Cube, Samuel L. Jackson, Dr. Cornell West, the Reverend Al Sharpton and Snoop Dogg, among others.
The prolific Bootsy joined James Brown’s band in the late ‘60s and played bass on such hits as “Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine,” “Super Bad,” and “Soul Power.” He was a key member of George Clinton’s Parliament-Funkadelic in the ‘70s before becoming a solo artist and front man of Bootsy’s Rubber Band.
As reported by Costley, Bootsy announced on Twitter that he was in the studio with Pharrell Williams in early August. “[Pharrell’s] an inspiration because you don’t get too many cats that are up in it like that. He’s studied and he studies and he’s a perfectionist,” Bootsy said. “Being around that kind of vibe is a great thing nowadays.”
In addition to working on the new album, Bootsy is still playing the occasional show, like the upcoming JZ Festival Shanghai in Shanghai, China on October 18.
According to Costley, after stepping out of a studio session recently to talk to the News-Press, Bootsy said, “I can’t just sit back and think about what I used to do. Nah, it’s not about what you used to do.” Driving the point home, Bootsy says, “It’s about what you’re doing right now…It’s much more influential for a kid to see what you’re doing now. It’s cool what I was doing back in the day, but it’s much more important to show these mugs what I’m doing now. I’m still hittin’ it.”
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