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Flemming Dørken

Flemming DørkenBorn and raised in 1987 in the town of Skive, Denmark, Flemming Dørken grew up listening to whatever his parents and siblings were listening to. Besides various kinds of Worship music, these bands would include The Beatles, Queen and Abba. Music wasn’t really an integral part of his life until his mid to late teens where, heavily influenced by his older brother, he started listening to jazz, funk, fusion and the likes which he has been doing since.

While attending a boarding school in 2003/2004, Flemming and a good friend “suffered from” a massive soccer-epidemic, spending many hours a day training and discussing ways to further their way towards becoming professional soccer players. The epidemic ended abruptly when the friend was severely injured in a skiing accident and Flemming didn’t have the motivation to move on alone. This left a huge hole in his life and something had to fill the gap. Enter the bass.

Once again heavily influenced by his older brother, who is also a bass player, he decided to pick up the bass, and he has barely put it down since.

Virtuousity always had a certain appeal on Flemming and he was immediately drawn to the likes of Victor Wooten whom he learned the most from as a beginner.

In 2007 Flemming joined a worship band in the Christian youth group of his home town currently consisting of a metal-influenced guitar player, an African drummer with no musical training (but a good sense of rhythm), two singers and funk-lover Flemming which often results in interesting takes on different songs. Here, he plays an MTD Kingston Zephyr 6-string bass which has the “nicest neck in the world”, as he says.

As of the 24th of June 2009, Flemming will be residing in Cresskill, New Jersey until sometime in 2010 where he will move back to Denmark and begin studying linguistics (probably).

Articles by Flemming Dørken:

  • Moussa Diallo: I Bolo Do Bolo

    Moussa Diallo: I Bolo Do Bolo

    What do you get if you mix Mali, France and Denmark together to form a bass player? The answer is Moussa Diallo. This is Moussa’s group playing “I Bolo Do Bolo”, the bassist’s own composition with some funky African beats, groovy bass and a cool guitar solo. »

  • Alessio Tori: “Storm Warning” Pino Palladino Playalong

    Alessio Tori: “Storm Warning” Pino Palladino Playalong

    Alessio Tori has offered up many great playalongs over the years. One such gem is this video, which features his cover of Pino Palladino’s lovely bass line on “Storm Warning” by Bob James and Hilary James. Another great example of Pino’s melodic but supportive bass lines. »

  • Federico Malaman & POP on TOP: “Rolling in the Deep” Cover

    Federico Malaman & POP on TOP: “Rolling in the Deep” Cover

    As far as rearranging pop hits goes, I know that for some people, the arrangements by Dirty Loops can get a bit too quirky (not saying that’s us though!) If you are one of those people, this may be for you. Here’s POP on TOP playing bassist Federico Malaman’s rearrangement of Adele’s “Rolling in the... »

  • Kenneth Dahl Knudsen: Tucked In

    Kenneth Dahl Knudsen: Tucked In

    In the early days of No Treble, Corey and I went to watch Oz Noy Trio at 55 Bar in New York. In the break between sets, we met Kenneth Dahl Knudsen, who was touring with his group Crash’n'burn at the time. Four years later, he’s just completed his Master’s degree from the Royal Academy... »

  • Steve Lawson: “Don’t Stop Believing” Solo Bass Cover

    Steve Lawson: “Don’t Stop Believing” Solo Bass Cover

    Steve Lawson shared this one with us on Twitter saying, “[I] think you might enjoy this solo bass cover…” Well Steve, your hunch was correct. »

  • Jomyloon: Funk 2

    Jomyloon: Funk 2

    When I started to get into bass playing about nine years ago, Victor Wooten was the guy I was looking up to and learning the most from. Judging by the playing of John Oz (AKA “Jomyloon”), I’d say that this might also be the case with him. The Victor influence is definitely there, and that’s... »

  • KNOWER with Tim Lefebvre: Daft Punk “Get Lucky” Cover

    KNOWER with Tim Lefebvre: Daft Punk “Get Lucky” Cover

    Interestingly, this cover covers both the electronic era of Daft Punk and the current era which features more live instruments. For the “live instruments” part, KNOWER has teamed up with the ever-funky Tim Lefebvre on the bass. »

  • The Mencial Project: Dale Al Shakaboom

    The Mencial Project: Dale Al Shakaboom

    This video shows The Mencial Project recording the tune, “Dale Al Shakaboom”. The trio features the great Fernando Lamadrid on bass, and he takes a sweet slap solo around the 2:30 mark. »

  • Hova Burian: Armenian Jazz Band

    Hova Burian: Armenian Jazz Band

    Now this is some fast-paced Armenian jazz! Bassist Hova Burian rips it up and gets filmed while doing so. »

  • Cheikh Ndoye Project: Below Level

    Cheikh Ndoye Project: Below Level

    Having more than one bass in a band has been done many times before but when it happens, it’s often with the purpose of highlighting one of the basses as a solo instrument. In this video it’s more about the groove as bassist and leading man Cheikh Ndoye shares the bass role with David Segal. »