Novation Bass Station II and the New Sound of P-Funk
Danny Bedrosian tells how the Bass Station II is fast becoming the sound of George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic
Danny Bedrosian has keyboards in the blood. Born into a family of piano teachers, he began lessons at three and a half years old and was classically trained from that point, until age 19. Along with playing lots of choir and gospel music in his pre-teens, he caught the jazz bug at age nine. "I always thought my talent could be applied to any music," he states. "It's about communicating and applying your energy to whatever music you're playing." As a teenager, Danny was into many different styles of music, "but it wasn't until I got into hip hop that I first became aware of George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic, because everyone was sampling their records," he says. By age twelve, Danny's goal in life was to be the keyboards player for the band, and by then he'd also become well-versed in the astonishing history of P-Funk.
When he was 16, he had his first encounter with the band: "At his shows in that era, George's stage costume was basically a bedsheet with a hole cut in the middle for his head. In each city the band visited on the tour, there was a competition to design George's bedsheet outfit, and I made one with loads of the band members painted on it. I won the competition and got the chance to meet the band backstage!" Danny had also brought along a recording of his own compositions, which he gave to George Clinton himself.
The band was impressed, and as soon as Danny was through the last stages of his formal education, he was invited to become part of the funk, learning the ropes as a technician at first, before moving to George Clinton's current hometown of Tallahassee, Florida, and obtaining full-time bandmember status. "My first teching gigs were in 2000 and 2001. By May 2004, I was full-time keyboard player for Parliament-Funkadelic. It happened really quickly." More than a decade later, Danny is still a main member of the band, and has the P-Funk sound honed to perfection.
Keyboards are an essential part of the trademark P-Funk sound and, over the years, many great synths and keyboards have been attached to that sound. From the Hammond B3 organ, Fender Rhodes and Hohner Clavinet D6, to Moog, Oberheim and Arp synthesizers, classic sounds from classic keyboards can be easily identified in the P-Funk back catalogue. "We've always attached ourselves to certain sounds, and I can say for a fact that, right now, the Novation Bass Station II is the synthesizer that we're attaching to on stage and in the studio. It has these bright, powerful sounds - both bass and leads. In fact, the Bass Station II has replaced five of my synths!"
Aside from his work with George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic, Danny also records his own work and plays with a number of other bands. You can discover more here: www.dannybedrosian.com
Photo Caption: Keyboardist Danny Bedrosian (left) uses Novation Bass Station II in the studio with a member of Parliament-Funkadelic.
Related News from Mi2N:
» Novation Bass Station II And The New Sound Of P-Funk
» Screen Music Connect To Explore The Music Of Film, Television And Interactive Media
» Skype and Mixcloud Launch "Connecting..." Podcast Series
» Voice-Controlled Speakers & The Music We Listen Too
» Hybrid Studios Announces Online Mastering Services
» ICMP Launches Spotlight Blog
Digital Skool Directory
» [2018-09-16] Live Nation Electronic Asia Inks Deal With Budweiser For Creamfields Festivals; Together, Creamfields And Budweiser Will Focus On Building Entirely New Content For Dedicated Electronic Music Fans Throughout Asia
» [2018-08-23] Andy Ma Appointed Warner Music China CEO; Andy Ma Has Also Been Appointed EVP, Commercial And Business Development For Greater China
» [2018-08-23] IndieOn Connects Music To The Blockchain; IndieOn Is Confident Of Creating A "music Miner" Who Listens More And Grow Their Token Value
» [2018-06-23] The 2018 MIDEM Silk Road International Music Alliance Signing; International Music Industries Signing Of A Mutual Resource Sharing Agreement With Shanghai Conservatory Of Music & The China Records Group
» [2018-06-06] Screen Music Connect To Explore The Music Of Film, Television And Interactive Media; Created By James Hannigan, Award-winning Composer And Game Music Connect Co-founder, Screen Music Connect Builds On The Success Of The Sold-out Game Music Conferences
» [2018-06-05] Fred Casimir To Develop BMG's Global Recordings Business; As Well As Building BMG's European Infrastructure, Casimir Was Instrumental In Developing BMG's Recordings Business
» [2018-06-03] 13 Music Label Sold To MTN; DSN Music Spins Off Record Label To Albuquerque Music Entrepreneur's New Group
» [2018-06-02] CISAC 2018 Annual Report; A Comprehensive Overview Of The Confederation's Work To Serve 4 Million Creators And 239 Authors Societies Across The World
» [2018-06-02] MusicDish Announces A Love Electric 2018 China Tour; The Tour Will Crisscross Through China With 12 Shows In 8 Cities, Including Guangzhou, Dongguan, Zhuhai, Shenzhen, Kunming, Jiaxin, Wuhan And Beijing
» [2018-06-02] Darcus Beese Named President Of Island Records; Renowned U.K. Music Executive To Join Universal Music Group's U.S. Label Leadership
» [2018-05-17] Avant-Garde Label Maybe Noise Launches In Beijing; The Official Launch Will Be On May 26 At Magnet Theater With A Performance Supporting Its First Vinyl Release: Píng Zè
» [2018-05-04] Award-Winning Lithuanian Rock Band Colours Of Bubbles "She Is The Darkness" 2018 China Tour; The Tour Will Kickoff In Shanghai Where The Band Will Represent Lithuania During The Country's Signing To The Silk Road Music Alliance
follow MusicDish on