“Got my diamonds out of hock and I’m ready to funk!” says Bootsy Collins, who has launched his own label Bootzilla Records, the new home for Bootsy’s personal archives and current projects. For over 50 years, Bootsy has collected music, collaborations, interviews, films and more, from his time with James Brown’s Original J.B.’s, Parliament-Funkadelic, Bootsy’s Rubber Band and beyond. On June 28, Bootzilla Records will release Bootzilla Records Archives, Volume 1, part of an ongoing series.
Bootsy Collins has made a huge impact on the world of music, and now, by purchasing this limited edition holographic poster, you can help make a huge impact on a child’s life. The proceeds from this purchase will be donated to Little Kids Rock, the nation’s leading nonprofit provider of free music instruction, instruments and educational resources to public schools nationwide. They won’t rest until every student has the opportunity to unlock his or her inner music-maker and now, with this purchase, one more child will receive the lifelong gift of music education! Read more
Malina Moye shreds on the guitar and flips funk grooves with equal amounts of skill. The first single from her upcoming album,Rock ‘n Roll Baby, is called “K-Yotic,” and it joins her with Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Famer Bootsy Collins. The song will be released on all digital platforms 7/30, with the Rock ‘n Roll Babyalbum to be released early 2014 on WCE Records, Distributed by BDG/ RED Distribution, LLC (a division of SONY Music Entertainment).
“K-Yotic” has a Zeppelin vibe with urban undertones that has Moye poised to showcase a new generation of rock. About the song, Malina says “With ‘K-Yotic,’ I wanted to capture the raw energy of rock and the power of funk, but maintain a current, radio friendly vibe. I feel everyone has a situation in their life that is chaotic. When I wrote the song, I was going through mine.” Read more
While supplies last, CDs of Bootsy Collins’ new album ‘Tha Funk Capital of the World’ (out 4/26) will be available with eye-popping holographic 3D album art designed by Roy Koch, Mascot Records’ in-house artist. Bootsy says, “The album cover art work breathes like it is a living being/city… it’s alive.” For a preview of the physical packaging, check out an animated .GIF image here: http://bit.ly/fFN5Uy
‘Tha Funk Capital of the World’ will also be available in a 2-LP transparent blue vinyl and is now available for pre-order on Amazon: http://amzn.to/glwC6r Read more
This year is shaping up to be the biggest yet for funk legend Bootsy Collins, whose first new album in five years, ‘Tha Funk Capitol of the World’ (out 4/26), features an all-star lineup of musicians (Snoop Dogg, Chuck D, IceCube; actor Samuel L. Jackson; banjo phenom Bela Fleck; the Rev. Al Sharpton; scholar Dr. Cornel West; guitarist Buckethead and more).
Rock & Roll Hall Of Famer and legendary bassist Bootsy Collins, known worldwide for pioneering funk music with James Brown and Parliament Funkadelic, will release his first new album in five years, ‘Tha Funk Capitol of the World,’ April 26 on Mascot Records. Collins collaborated with fellow P-Funkers George Clinton and Bernie Worrell on the record, along with an all-star lineup of musicians and cultural luminaries including rappers Snoop Dogg, Chuck D, and Ice Cube; actor Samuel L. Jackson; banjo phenom Bela Fleck; the Rev. Al Sharpton; scholar Dr. Cornel West; and guitarists Buckethead and Catfish Collins – Bootsy’s late brother. Engineered in part by Dan Monti (Guns n Roses, Metallica), the album also features a tribute to Garry Shider, the late guitarist and musical director of the P-Funk All-Stars. Read more
I had the pleasure to sit down with Cincinnati’s own Bootsy Collins and talk with him about his numerous musical projects and his restaurant/music museum that he has started with Jeff Ruby. Some of his notable projects he is involved in include a Fallen Soldiers memorial cd that includes Charlie Daniels and George Duke that will help raise funds for a Fallen Soldiers memorial to built here in Cincinnati. Bootsy is also heavily involved in bringing national attention to the history and influence that King Records has had on music.
Cincy Groove: So when did the initial brainstorm for Bootsy’s start?
Bootsy Collins: We started brainstorming and thinking about it a couple years ago. We were trying to think what could we do to set off the downtown Cincinnati area. It’s not only about the restaurant but the whole entertainment district and we are wanting to kick it off in a big way. We are hoping that this spot here in downtown across from the Aronoff Center will be the spot. We (Jeff Ruby and Bootsy) wanted to do something that was unique and first class, especially with Jeff Ruby involved. He is first class all the way and he is the same way about the restaurant that I am about the music. I leave all the restaurant stuff to him and I worry about the entertainment side of the business. On the stage we have on the 1st floor here, we are going to have the youngsters come in to participate in workshops. They will be able to practice on stage and we will have musicians here to help give them direction. We will also be able to record them. Read more