Beginning this week, Les Claypool of Primus begins his tenure as the latest in a remarkable line of world-renowned guest professors at the Funk University (www.thefunkuniversity.com), the online bass guitar school created and curated by the legendary Bootsy Collins. The eccentric Primus frontman joins the likes of Victor Wooten, P-NUT, Meshell Ndegeocello, John B. Williams, Divinity Roxx, Dennis Chambers, Thee Ram Jam, Frankie “Kash” Waddy, Bakithi Kumalo, Blackbyrd McKnight, TM Stevens, Norwood Fisher and Bootsy himself as part of the most esteemed collection of bass guitar luminaries ever assembled, sharing the wisdom that made them greats. Each day, new multimedia content – everything from lessons and tutorials to lectures on funk history and philosophy – is premiered at F.U.’s ‘virtual campus’ for the benefit of enrolled students. Periodic staff reviews of students’ performance and an assortment of community tools make the F.U. experience fully interactive.
Les Claypool is a bass guitar trailblazer. Primus’ breakthrough 1991 album Sailing The Seas Of Cheese was for many their introduction to ‘funk-metal’, a genre Claypool has become synonymous with thanks to his frenetic, virtuosic combination of strumming, tapping and slapping, a style which and has spawned legions of imitators. Claypool is also one of the most unique personalities in a field bursting with them. Album titles include Pork Soda, Suck On This and Animals Should Not Try To Act Like People, and aliases Colonel Claypool and Snapdad are just two of his many outlandish aliases. But make no mistake: musicians and fans worldwide know that when it comes to skill, Claypool’s bass licks are no laughing matter.
Bootsy’s Funk University is produced by SceneFour, the notorious L.A. creativity house responsible for projects wit h Al Gore’s Current TV, MTV-U, Nine Inch Nails, the RZA, Fishbone, Public Enemy, Helmet, Marilyn Manson, The Pixies, and Beck. Interested players are encouraged to sign up for exclusive information at thefunkuniversity.com.
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