Victor Wooten’s unique approach to the bass guitar caused shock waves when he first emerged circa 1988. This is what he has to say about being a bigger, better bassist.
An iconic figure in the bass world, Victor Wooten’s reputation is founded on three decades of exceptional work across a multitude of genres. You may not recognise him from his days playing solo at the Slice of Life restaurant in Nashville. It’s more likely you know him from his time toting a Fodera Monarch for Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. Either way, you know who he his. Victor is one of the most-followed bass players on the internet with over 535,000 devotees on Facebook and 60,000 on Twitter. His highly distinctive playing style, which employs dizzily fast polyrhythmic parts via tapping and slapping, all with a phenomenal musicality and rock-solid groove, immediately marked him out as one of the most compelling contemporary bass guitarists on the planet. ‘Music has been really kind to me and I always try to consider myself a musician more than just a bass player,’ he tells us. ‘Sometimes I give people some fireworks, but at the same time I want to make the best music possible, not just a bass showcase.