An Interview With The One and Only Bootsy Collins

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Bootsy Collins sat down with Scion AV for an illuminating interview. The star-eyed funk legend has been in the music game for over 40 years and has plenty of knowledge to share. Collins grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and unexpectedly became part of two incredible and undeniable bands: the J.B.’s and Parliament-Funkadelic. He developed a unique bass-playing style that helped define the sound of funk and whose influence would reach far beyond that world, taking hold of rock & roll, hip-hop and dance music. In the past few decades he has not only continued making his own music, but has played on and contributed to recordings of some the days’ rising stars.

In the first part of the interview, the Collins discusses the creative relationship he was fortunate to have with two music icons, James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, and George Clinton of Parliament-Funkadelic.

In the second part of the interview Colins weighs in on the importance of understanding the business side of being a working musician, contrasting the approaches (or in one case, a lack of an approach) of Brown and Clinton.

As part of the recent Scion Motivate program, Collins gave a tour of his native Cincinnati and offered his insights on the importance of mentors in developing your career. Scion Motivate was a recent contest where 50 young entrepreneurs were selected to come to Los Angeles to learn more about operating a small business, and 10 of whom were rewarded with $10,000, a new Scion and a their own mentor. Watch a video that shows Collins own roots and how his career flourished from them.

And now that the funk is on your mind, download InnaFocusedDaze, a free EP from Scion AV and Dam-Funk and, a master of modern funk.

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