John “Norwood” Fisher

Fishbone bassist speaks on how Larry Graham showed him the way, a joint project with Flea and more

Exclusive video interview with FBPO’s Jon Liebman
December 4, 2017

By David Sands

Ska. Punk. Funk. Metal. Soul. John “Norwood” Fisher has played it all as a member of the legendary L.A. band Fishbone. Known for his high-octane slap funk style and his single-dread hairstyle, he’s been with Fishbone since the beginning and (along with lead singer Angelo Moors) has remained a solid pillar as the band’s lineup and musical direction has zigged and zagged in a million ecstatic directions over the course of its existence.

Not a man to limit himself to just one group, Fisher us also a founder of the funk ensemble Trulio Disgracias and has held down bass for the Familyhood Nextperience and Mr. Green All-Stars, a supergroup that also features ex-members of the Dead Kennedys, Bad Brains and Suicidal Tendencies. As a solo artist, he’s made music under the name Woody Weedstraw and as producer, composer and bassist has worked with the likes of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Kottonmouth Kings, Les Claypool, Jerry Cantrell, Everlast and others.

FBPO’s Jon Liebman had an opportunity to speak with the one-of-a-kind Mr. Fisher during a recent meetup in Hollywood, California, where the two of them discusses eclectic influences like Paul McCartney, Bootsy Collins and Mike Watt, the formation of Fishbone, current projects and more.

Watch Norwood’s interview here!

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