Yolanda Charles 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 #63 – Yolanda Charles.
Who is Yolanda Charles?
There was a buzz on Yolanda Charles’ bass playing long before Sting chose her for his upcoming tour. Yolanda’s resume is as diverse as her musical tastes. The British musician (and teacher) has played with everyone from Paul Weller, Robbie Williams, Hans Zimmer, Eric Clapton, Sinead O’Connor, and Mick Jagger to being a member of Squeeze (since 2017). With that, she also has her own projects (The Deep Mo, Project PH, and solo shows). And let’s not forget teaching, which she has done at many bass events as well as solo masterclasses at the Royal Northern College of Music. Yolanda took up the bass at an early age, and while she was still a teenager she managed to land a gig with Scottish singer/songwriter, Jimmy Somerville (and his band, The Communards). He playing has elements of funk, fusion, rock and everything in between. 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.