Derrick Hodge is this month’s conversation on Groove – The No Treble Podcast.
You can listen the new episode right here: Groove – The No Treble Podcast – Episode #69 – Derrick Hodge.
Who is Derrick Hodge?
Pay attention to Derrick Hodge. He is the present and future of the electric bass. With two Grammy Awards under his belt, the Blue Note recording artist grew up, and sharpened his chops in the Philadelphia area. Derrick studied music from six years old, and this genre-crushing musician did it via gospel, pop, jazz and orchestral music. He studied jazz composition and performance in college, and this made him the first jazz major who participated in the Temple University Symphony Orchestra. His incredible diversity for musical genres led him to play with a potpurri of Philly greats (think Bootsie Barnes, Jill Scott, Soulchild, and even DJ Jazzy Jeff). From Philly it was on to conquer the world. His work ranged from orchestrations with Common and Kanye West to winning R&B Grammys with Robert Glasper Experiment as a founding member of the group. As if that were not enough, he’s worked with artists like Maxwell (for nearly a decade), co-produced for Justin Kauflin with Quincy Jones, and several Blue Note projects along side Don Was, all while maintaining his solo projects and touring. Derrick’s worked with Herbie Hancock, Mos Def, Timbaland, Andre 3000, Sade, and many more. His latest is Color of Noize, a band, a concept, and an album that will offer more questions than answers. The music is a melting pot of styles, sounds and songwriting as diverse as Derrick’s history. Enjoy the conversation…
What is Groove – The No Treble Podcast?
This is an ambitious effort. This will be a fascinating conversation. Our goal at Groove is to build the largest oral history of bass players. Why Groove? Most of the content about the bass revolves around gear, playing techniques, and more technical chatter. For us, bassists are creative artists with stories to tell. They are a force to be reckon with. These are the stories and conversation that we will capture. To create this oral history of why these artists chose the bass, what their creative lives are like, and where inspiration can be found.
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