Date of Interview: 03/25/2011
Over the past four decades, Bootsy Collins has captivated the world with his funky bass and psychedelic soul. As the unforgettable member of backing bands for James Brown and Parliament-Funkadelic, Collins also earned fame and critical acclaim under the banner of Bootsy’s Rubber Band.
In 1997, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recognized Bootsy Collins for his musical influence as a major pioneer in the development of the funk music genre. And through the use of digital technology, Collins further cemented his legacy with the launch of Funk University in July 2010, an online school for musicians, which features lectures and instruction from guest bassist professors such as Les Claypool, Meshelle Ndegeocello, John B. Williams and Victor Wooten.
On April 26, 2011, Bootsy Collins will release Tha Funk Capitol of the World via Megaforce Records. In the midst of a promotional campaign for the album, Bootsy Collins managed to squeeze some time out of his busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry – reflecting on the influence of Phelps “Catfish” Collins, contemporary voices of hope, and the birth of funk.