Vulfpeck's Joe Dart: "We intentionally keep things on edge and in the moment"

Joe Dart of Vulpeck playing bass guitars
(Image credit: C Brandon / Contributor)

Since age eight, when his father aspired to create a good old-fashioned family band, Joe Dart has always had a bass in his hands. Although his sibling collaboration never took off, Dart fell in love with the instrument and grew up replicating the likes of Flea, Pino Palladino, Bernard Edwards, and the left hand of Stevie Wonder in various bands around Harbor Springs, Michigan. 

After thriving in his high school jazz ensemble, Dart had the opportunity to attend Berklee College of Music, which he turned down to stay closer to home and study music at Michigan University. That turned out to be the best decision of his life, as it led him to meet his best friends and Vulpeck bandmates Jack Stratton, Theo Katzman, and Woody Goss.

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