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“I’m not just a bass player, I’m a soundsystem”. As bassist for the legendary rap label Sugar Hill backing Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five to the pioneering Living Colour, Doug Wimbish has lent his innovative and creative bass grooves and sounds to a roster of world - renowned musicians. Considered a pioneer in hip hop bass playing and in the use of bass effects, alternate tunings and extended hand techniques, Doug’s mastery of the bass is unparalleled. For more than 35 years, bass virtuoso Doug Wimbish has been one of the most sought-after electric bassists collaborating with many of the world's best known, and most talented musical artists. Having participated in the making of so many popular recordings, in every musical style, all around the world, it's hard to find a culture or community that hasn't been exposed to Doug's music.
Doug Wimbish is probably best known as the innovative lead bassist in the Grammy Award-winning hard rock band Living Colour, but looking beyond the obvious, one quickly sees that Doug's influence and impact on the world's musical culture is much more vast and significant than often written or realized. To get an idea of the respect Doug has earned within the music industry, consider that one week in 1992, he received personal phone calls from Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen and Seal, all asking him to join their bands, yet choosing to stay with his Living Colour bandmates, Vernon Reid, Corey Glover and Will Calhoun. While deciding to stay with Living Colour as a permanent member, Doug did go on to record, produce and tour with dozens of well-known artists, including The Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck, Joe Satriani, Herb Albert, Annie Lennox, Madonna, Carly Simon, Seal, Al Green, Billy Idol, George Clinton, Kanye West and James Brown. More recently, Doug also joined Hip-Hop, Hollywood Movie and Broadway Theater Star Mos Def’s band Black Jack Johnson, and in 2007, played on Finland's Rock Opera Diva Tarja Turunen's first solo record, "My Winter Storm," and has toured and recorded with Tarja ever since.
From his early days as one of Hip-Hop’s earliest architects in The Original Sugar Hill Records Rhythm Section, to his long-time membership in Tack>>Head, Little Axe, Jungle Funk, Head>>Fake, Living Colour and then on to current collaborations with The Help and Against The Girl, Doug continues to prove himself as one of the world’s finest, versatile and most sought after electric bass guitarists. Doug’s highly regarded career spanning all musical genres has also included works with The Rolling Stones vocalist Bernard Fowler, Mark Stewart, Talib Kweli, Depeche Mode, Ron Wood, Will Downing, Melba Moore, Freddie Jackson, Michael Bolton, Afrika Bambaataa, Peter Wolf, Clarence Clemons, Candi Staton, and Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes. Most recently, audiences have been amazed by Doug’s bass playing and ambient grooves as part of The Experience Hendrix Tours (with Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Billy Cox of the Band of Gypsy’s and the Jimi Hendrix Experience), Tarja’s What Lies Beneath Tour, and with Ms Lauryn Hill, including a special performance with Ms Hill as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honored Aretha Franklin as part of the 16th annual American Music Masters Series.
Doug also maintains a brilliant solo career and in his NovaSound Studio, is currently writing material for his yet unnamed but widely anticipated third solo project. In 2008, After decades collaborating with so many of the world's finest musicians, Doug Wimbish made his most personal musical statement with the release of CinemaSonics, his second solo record, the first with vocals. Set with all the instrumental virtuosity and hypnotic mood of his millennium-opening Trippy Notes for Bass, CinemaSonics takes one on an exciting journey of sound, from James Bond-style orchestrations, and comfortably numb interludes, to the most mysterious, unexplored musical frontiers.
Synonymous with Doug Wimbish, Doug’s personal venture, WimBash, continues to be both a vision and a mission. Starting with a Tack>>Head reunion in 2004 in his hometown of Hartford, CT as a musical get-together for family and friends and as a way to give back to the community, Doug and NovaSound's WimBash has become a highly anticipated event, rapidly expanding to cities across the US. and beyond. WimBash, as it was named in 2005, features Doug playing with a number of world-class collaborators, as well as select local bands, providing the opportunity to see musicians, who more often play large venues around the world, in a much more intimate setting. WmBash is unique in that it brings together an eclectic group of music genres under one roof, utilizing the local talent alongside well-known artists while working together with a local foundation or organization in giving back directly to the community. In its ninth year, WimBash is growing in popularity and attracting more and more talented musicians to his NovaSound family. Doug and his production company, NovaSound Studio, are bringing the WimBash Music Festival Series on the road while keeping the vision of WimBash as a community and family based, organic, relaxed and educational event. In early 2012, Doug partnered up with The Miami Design Preservation League, The School of Rock, The Backbeat Foundation and The DREAM Project to bring WimBash to the cities of Miami, Philadelphia, New Orleans and Cabarete, Dominican Republic.
After logging hundreds of thousands of miles, and entering his 39th professional year, Doug’s musical exploration continues to grow at an accelerating pace. Included in MusicRadar.com’s 25 Greatest Bassists of All Time, Doug Wimbish’s musical odyssey and journey moves forward as Doug continues to bring his acclaimed bass style, ambience and energy to fans around the globe.