Bass Icon on Being a Perpetual Student
Bass guitar phenom Victor Wooten relates to students in one simple way – by making sure he always remains one of them. And Wooten’s on the move again. On this day it’s literal; we chat on the phone only minutes after he touches down in today’s tour stop of Las Vegas – but motion remains the most apt metaphor for bass playing’s most hyper-creative mind.
There’s an awful lot on Wooten’s plate these days: he’s still fresh off a double album release in 2012 (Words & Tones and its instrumental counterpart Sword & Stone), he teaches year-round camps and clinics and, of course, still hits the road with his project du jour. Wooten began his true ascent to bass stardom in the late 1980s as a member of Bela Fleck’s heavily Grammy-decorated Flecktones, and while he’s remained a constant rock in the band, it’s been through a laundry list of various collaborations and an even-increasing teaching schedule that he’s chased something he still reaches for today: the pursuit of what’s next. Continue reading