Artist: Freekbass

Album: CINCINNATI

Release Date: 2015-12-11

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CINCINNATI is a culmination of all projects Freekbass has worked on in the last few years. From the funk of his own touring band, The Bump Assembly, to the electrofunk of side project Headtronics with DJ Logic, Steve Molitz, and keyboard genius Bernie Worrell to the funk schooling from friend and mentor funk legend Bootsy Collins (another Cincinnati citizen). Freekbass once again teams up with Producer Duane Lundy who produced his last album "Everybody's Feelin' Real".

The title of the album comes from Freek growing up in the rich musical sounds of Cincinnati, OH. Home to label King Records where James Brown recorded many of his hit records, and ranging from artists from the Afghan Whigs to Midnight Star.

"I'm asked a lot in interviews outside of Cincinnati if I would be playing music if I grew up somewhere else. I am sure I would, but not sure it would be funk. Cincinnati and Ohio have such a strong funk tradition, you heard and felt it no matter what part of the city you grew up in. Since we are not NYC or Los Angeles, I think the funk here had to yell a little louder which is where the Ohio and Cincinnati funk sound came from. Cincinnati is a major part of why I sound like I do, and the reason I am inspired to play music which is why it was an easy choice when it came to naming the album"

- Freekbass

about the artist

Born and raised in Cincinnati, OH, Freekbass was an only child who initially wanted to be a magician. He later developed his own obsession for cartoon superheroes and comic books, relating to the underlying themes.

Living in Cincinnati exposed Freekbass to genres of music he may have missed otherwise. While most kids were listening to Nirvana and Green Day, he connected with the bottom-heavy sounds coming out of the boom boxes like Zapp and Midnight Star. While working in a music shop to pay off his first electric bass he had in lay-away, he began to study the classics of Larry Graham, Sly Stone, Stevie Wonder, Parliament and Bootsy with a bass in one hand, and an MPC2000 in the other.

Freekbass has released six full-length CDs, including "Concentrate" (available HERE for free download) with guests Bootsy Collins, DJ Spooky, Adam Deitch, and Steve Molitz, and "Junkyard Waltz" which includes guest appearances by Phish bassist Mike Gordon, guitarist Buckethead, keyboard wizard from P-Funk/Talking Heads Bernie Worrell, and is produced by funk legend Bootsy Collins. Also, national music DVD instruction company, The Rock House Method, recently released two Freekbass instructional DVDs "Learn Funk Bass with Freekbass (Level 1 & Level 2) ", and TrueFire.com just released the instructional DVD/download "50 Freekbass Licks You Must Know" . In 2010 Freekbass connected with DJ Logic, and Particle keyboardist Steve Molitz to form the funktronica trio, Headtronics.

Moving through 2015 and into 2016 Freek has a lot of things on the table. He released his next album, “Everybody’s Feelin’ Real”, which is produced by Duane Lundy (Joe Pug, Dawn Landes, and Sunday Valley /Sturgill Simpson) and includes P-Funk/Rubberband keyboardist Razor Sharp Johnson, horn man Skerik, and Trey Anastasio Band vocalist/trumpet Jennifer Hartswick . Also, he was a part of this year’s London Bass Guitar Show in the UK giving a master class and performing. Plus he will be doing extensive touring nationwide with his mainstay funk group, “Freekbass & The Bump Assembly” which also includes Big Bamn on drums and Jason Burgard on saxophones and horns. And this year, he signed with Ropeadope to release his newest album, CINCINNATI, in December.