“Daft Punk was dancing in the booth while we cut it!” Listen to James Genus stretch out on Giorgio by Moroder from Random Access Memories

Daft Punk performs onstage during the 56th GRAMMY Awards
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Daft Punk’s backwards-looking, forwards-leaning 2014 album Random Access Memories shattered all kinds of conventions about songwriting and producing, and man-meets machine. While Nathan East, who appears on more than half of the album, will be remembered for his percolating bassline on the chart-topping Get Lucky, New York-based session ace James Genus made his own contributions to the album, including the nine minute Giorgio By Moroder.

Keyboardist Chris Caswell, who had worked with Daft Punk in the past, recommended Genus and drummer Omar Hakim (as well as Nathan East and drummer J.R. Robinson, for an East Coast/West Coast flavor), and in May 2012 they setup at Conway Recording Studios in Los Angeles, with Daft Punk behind the board. James Genus – on headphones – sent his signature Fodera 5-string (strung with month-old La Bella roundwound strings) direct.

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Chris Jisi was Contributing Editor, Senior Contributing Editor, and Editor In Chief on Bass Player 1989-2018. He is the author of Brave New Bass, a compilation of interviews with bass players like Marcus Miller, Flea, Will Lee, Tony Levin, Jeff Berlin, Les Claypool and more, and The Fretless Bass, with insight from over 25 masters including Tony Levin, Marcus Miller, Gary Willis, Richard Bona, Jimmy Haslip, and Percy Jones.