Reader Spotlight: Clark Sims

Clark Sims

Meet Clark Sims, a bassist living in Los Angeles who was inspired at an early age by hearing the great Larry Graham. It didn’t take long for Clark to start playing bass after that, and he’s made it his life.

Clark is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story…


I started playing bass when I was 10 when I heard “Dance to the Music” by Sly and the Family Stone. I begged for a bass and that Christmas I got a Squier Jazz and started teaching myself to play. I started gigging in high school and haven’t stopped since. Since I moved to Los Angeles I started playing with a artist named Clo and started working on my own music.


Los Angeles, CA

Years experience:

12 years

Why I play the bass:

Hearing Larry Graham on “Dance to the Music” and seeing him perform at Yoshi’s in Oakland.


  • My main axe is my 72 Fender I got for my 21st birthday
  • P Bass
  • Phred Bass
  • I love Ampeg SVT Classics live and I just plug in to the board for the studio
  • Dunlop Flats and Super Brights
  • And various pedals

My Influences:

Larry Graham, Prince, Sly Stone, Shuggie Otis, Robert Wilson, Brown Mark, Bobby Vega

My bass superpower/claim to fame:

Being funky with a pick.

More on the web:

Instagram is the best place to find me.

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  1. Joshua Sailor

    Yeah Buddy!!!! Clark is a BAD MAN!!!