Bootsy Collins: “It’s not about being the greatest bassist in the world – you want to do great, but learn some kind of discipline as well“

Bootsy Collins
(Image credit: Fin Costello/Redferns)

70 years old in 2021 and almost six decades into his career, William Collins – as nobody calls him – is in a unique position. The coolest cat in pretty much all of bass guitar history, Bootsy is showing no signs of slowing down, resting up, or diminishing his message that music will unite us all, if we’ll only let it. 

His new album, The Power of the One – on which he namechecks his endorsing companies Warwick, DR Strings, Pigtronix, EHX, Eden  Audio, Mesa Boogie, Boss, and others – features a whole list of world-class musicians, including Larry Graham, Branford Marsalis, Christian McBride, George Benson, Bernard Purdie, Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram, Béla Fleck, Victor Wooten, MonoNeon and many more. 

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Joel McIver

Joel McIver was the Editor of Bass Player magazine from 2018 to 2022, having spent six years before that editing Bass Guitar magazine. A journalist with 25 years' experience in the music field, he's also the author of 35 books, a couple of bestsellers among them. He regularly appears on podcasts, radio and TV.