Fishman Artist // Bootsy CollinsGrammy winner Bootsy Collins was born in Cincinnati OH., where he still resides. At the tender age of 15, he became a staff musician at the very prestigious King Records and soon afterwards, he was touring the world with Hank Ballard and the hardest working man in show business, Mr. James Brown.
Bootsy went on to collaborate with George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, (P-Funk) where the One was established along with many gold and platinum hit records. Then came Bootsy’s own off shoot legendary monster group Bootsy's Rubber Band. This is where Bootsy became Bootzilla and a whole host of other characters. In 1991, Collins received a video in the mail. It was from a guy with a bucket on his head who called himself Buckethead, the two proceeded to record Buckethead’s first Album called Buckethead Land. Soon after that Dee-lite sent a Boot-signal high in the sky and Bootsy answered, which led to recording Groove is in the Heart. Collins subsequently hooked up and recorded with artists such as Snoop Dogg, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phil Ramone, Keith Richards, Victor Wooten, Dave Stewart, Fatboy Slim, Herbie Hancock, Cyndi Lauper, Ice Cube, Afrika Bambaataa and Bill Laswell, Motown’s Funk Brothers. In 1997, Bootsy was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and received his first Grammy in 2002 with his friend FatBoy Slim.
The original funk 'n' roll wild child, the Godzilla-toned high minister of the all-powerful "one," a sly dog who— with his trademark psychedelic stovepipe, knee-high platform boots and star-studded bass guitars — makes the Cat in the Hat look tame.
In 2010, the Bootsy Collins Foundation was born. Bootsy Collins Foundation (BCF) will promote learning by offering opportunities for participants to experience life through music programs and career opportunities. As a nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization, BCF will focus on providing a means of reaching youth and teens through fun, constructive musical and educational activities – instilling confidence and character necessary for them to grow into productive members of society and responsible adults.
“I love it when the band is playing a power riff together with stacked harmonies, add 5ths & octaves, man, it doesn't get any funkier. Now the next best thing is playing by myself with the Fission Bass Powerchord FX pedal. It makes me feel like I am playing with my band in the upper room standing in the balcony of your mind. Feel the power of the One and check it out today baby! - Bootsy Collins