On this Bill Dickens interview, the healthy (and unhealthy) origins of his intense drive and desire to achieve… INCREDIBLE stories about playing with Ramsey Lewis, Allan Holdsworth, Jeff Berlin, Chet Baker, Freddie Hubbard, Henry Johnson, Chuck Mangione, Steve Morse, Leo Nocentelli, Jaco Pastorius, hanging with Eddie Van Halen… feelings of finally “making it” when his song “Don’t Lose The Magic” hit #1 with Shawn Christopher… putting down the bass to start working “behind the glass,” low points having to deal with 7-string bass haters… not knowing enough about the business early in his career, hanging out with Mike Tyson & Johnny Mathis, trusting others (or not!), LOADS more cool stuff, GREAT convo!
Bill Dickens is an in-demand touring and session bassist, producer and recording artist who’s been playing professionally for over 50 years. You can hear him on recordings with Leo Nocentelli, Buddy Guy, Magic Slim, George Michaels & Mary J. Blige, Janet Jackson, C & C Music Factory, Victor Wooten, Ramsey Lewis (4 LPs on which he also has co-producer & co-writing credits)… he’s produced or written with Common, Kanye West, James Brown, Bootsy Collins, Brian Culbertson, Aretha Franklin (2 Grammy nominations, comeback LP, A Rose is Still A Rose) & others
He’s toured with artists including Al Dimeola, Ramsey Lewis, Bernie Worrell, Bootsy Collins, Chaka Kahn, Chet Baker, Chuck Mangione, pretty much each of the Neville Brothers in their solo projects, Dennis Chambers, Dr. John, Freddie Hubbard, George Clinton, George Porter, Bernie Worrell, Jaco Pastorius, Joe Zawinul, Johnny Mathis, Larry Coryell, Leo Nocentelli, Mark Farner, Maurice White, Pat Metheny, Questlove, Stanley Turrentine, Stevie Wonder, Steve Morse, The Hooters and dozens of others
Bill plays an extended scale 7-string bass, designed & invented the 9-string bass and developed the lowest playable note on the bass. His solo LP is called Tha Truth, and he’s put on masterclasses & clinics literally all over the world. He’s also starring in a movie, “I’m Your Keeper,” playing himself.
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