RapScallions and Bad Blood bassist talks new projects and bass tips
Exclusive video interview with FBPO’s Jon Liebman
May 6, 2019
By David Sands
Chris Clemence has a thing for pull-no-punches rock and roll, and his fans don’t seem to mind that one bit. A graduate of the Musician’s Institute, the bassist and songwriter he may be best known for his work with the RapScallions, who have performed alongside artists like Chris Cornell, English Beat, and Fishbone. He’s also attracted attention playing with the bands Adelita’s Way and Screaming At Demons, as well as with his solo efforts.
He’s had a lot of reach too. Clemence’s song “California Brain,” appeared in the Ubisoft video game Rocksmith, which has sold more than 1.4 million copies. His music has also been broadcast in campaigns for companies like Carl’s Jr. and Harley Davidson, as well as at sports events like the World Cup, Stanley Cup Finals, and Super Bowl. Clemence currently plays with the band Bad Blood.
FBPO’s Jon Liebman met up with the bassist in Hollywood, California to chat about new projects, funk influences like Larry Graham and Rocco Prestia, tips for starting bassists and why he doesn’t consider it a good show if he’s “not bleeding.”
Watch our interview with Chris!
See Jon’s blog, with key takeaways from this interview, here.