Bootsy Collins’ basic funk formula

William Earl “Bootsy” Collins played bass on some of James Brown’s funkiest recordings, including Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine. In the early Seventies he joined George Clinton’s seminal funk bands Parliament/Funkadelic.

He later formed his own outfit, Bootsy’s Rubber Band, and performed under various alter egos, including Bootzilla and Casper the Funky Ghost.

He also worked with Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads, Herbie Hancock, Talib Kweli and Fatboy Slim. He is a member of the Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame and founder and head professor of online bass school, Bootsy’s Funk University. Suffice to say, he has the credentials to explain what funk is. Here he does just that…

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