Groove – Episode #24: Doug Wimbish
Here’s the funny thing about a great bass line. It creeps up on you. You find yourself humming it. The song won’t get out of your head for days. Sometimes, you’re humming it aloud. Often, it becomes an earworm for someone else. They’re either thankful for this or – more often than not – they want to kill you for it.
One of those great bass lines for me has always been Grandmaster Flash’s “White Lines.” Great tune. Great bass line. I don’t know why, but there I am again humming it. You can thank Doug Wimbish for that one (along with a rash of other bass lines as part of the rhythm section for Sugarhill Records). He’s also been the bass player for Living Color since 1992 (replacing Muzz Skillings). That’s him on their awesome album, Stain.
He’s also been aligned with artists like Will Calhoun, Mos Def, Joe Satriani, along with many others over the years (including a role as founding member of the band, Tackhead). From hard rock and funk to alternative and hip hop, Wimbish is a well-versed and versatile player. Enjoy the conversation…