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Reader Spotlight: Eric “EQ” Young

Eric “EQ” Young

Meet bassist Eric “EQ” Young, who as a high school student saw Larry Graham perform, and the rest is history. Eric spends his time performing for ConFunkShun and working as a solo artist. He’s this week’s reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story…

Bio:

Singer, songwriter and virtuoso bass player Eric “EQ” Young couldn’t be happier with how the year has gone. His debut R&B smash single “Never Stop Loving” stayed strong on the Billboard Top 25 Hot Singles Sales Chart, and he closed a distribution deal with San Rafael, California Independent record distributor City Hall Records.

Location:

Sacramento, California

Day gig:

Full time touring musician for ConFunkShun and solo artist.

Years experience:

About 35 years.

Bands & Gigs:

I play for a 4-Gold album selling old school band from the ’70s and ’80s era named Confunkshun.

Gear:

I use just one bass, and that’s my Geddy Lee – never failed my sound. I usually order with backline for amps and lately I have been using the best Aguilar bass amps. I don’t have an endorsement with anyone; maybe I should go to NAMM.

Why I play the bass:

Larry Graham performed at my high school in 1978. I was just getting into the bass, and a year later, I played at his wife’s sister’s wedding. That’s when I met Larry Graham. He is the reason I play bass.

My bass superpower/claim to fame:

I bring lots of energy to the stage. The crowd gets into me and then it’s one big party.

My influences:

My main influence is Larry Graham. I also like Bootsy, Louis Johnson, Robert Wilson, Robert Kool Bell, and Janice Marie Johnson.

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