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Doug Wimbish grew up listening to the sounds of 60's and 70's music. He was inspired by exposure to greats such as Miles Davis, George Clinton and Sly & The Family Stone. Given his first guitar at the age of 12, Doug initially played both guitar and bass, but at the age of 17 he discovered that the bass was where his passion lived.

Doug's mission began with his thirst for music. He attended workshops at the local Artist Collective and studied theory at the Hartford Conservatory, where he met Jackie McClean, Jaki Byard and Skip McDonald and Keith LeBlanc. Together they established an unrivaled reputation for their studio accomplishments. In 1983, they released The Message and White Lines (Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five), as the house band for Sugarhill Records which attained multi-platinum sales.

In 1984, at the suggestion of Arthur Baker, Wimbish, along with McDonald and LeBlanc, he moved to London with LeBlanc and McDonald, to work with British mixer/producer Adrian Sherwood of On-U Sound. Together they formed the radical cutting edge ensemble Tackhead, best known for their eclectic funk-metal underground sound. That combo has since written, produced and played for a wide array of international artists including Bim Sherman (reggae balladeer), Audio Active (Japanese industrial), Primal Scream (with Irving Welsh) and African Head Charge.

As a sought-after master of his instrument, Doug has recorded and performed with a diverse roster of talent including The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Carly Simon, Depeche Mode, Jeff Beck and Mick Jagger.

living colour: doug wimbish and corey gloverIn 1991, Doug was introduced to hard-rock sensation Living Colour through drummer Will Calhoun, which lead to him replacing Muzz Skilings on bass. While with Living Colour, Doug recorded two successful albums Stain and Pride. In 1993, Living Colour received a Grammy nomination for a song co-written by Doug, Leave It Alone.

In late 1998, Doug had three projects due for releases, including Jungle Funk, Headfake and a solo effort. Teaming up once again with his pal Will Calhoun from Living Colour and vocalist Vinx, he created Jungle Funk, a project of tribal sounds and funky jazz accents. The band performed over 100 shows and festivals internationally during the past year, including The Montreux Jazz Festival and North Sea Jazz Festival.

Jungle Funk's album was released and distributed throughout Europe by EFA Records. Headfake, a collaboration between Wimbish and Will Calhoun, features metaphoric bass lines and head banging drums. Doug's solo debut Trippy Notes for Bass possesses ambient, trippy grooves with help from Bernie Worrell, Alex Foster, Will Calhoun and his old mates from On-U Sound: Keith LeBlanc, Skip McDonald and Adrian Sherwood.

trippy notes for bassDoug has continued to work on many high profile projects. He performed on The Rolling Stones' Bridges to Babylon album (along with Tackhead singer Bernard Fowler on backing vocals), co-wrote a Lionel Richie album with Andre Betts (Madonna's producer), played on Atlantic records rising star Nicole Renee's album, and performed on Depeche Mode's Ultra album. The Headfake Productions team of Doug Wimbish and Will Calhoun co-produced and played on the Herb Alpert album Colours.

Doug Wimbish released his first solo album, Trippy Notes for Bass, in 1999, apart from projects such as Jungle Funk and Black Jack Johnson (Mos Def, Bernie Worrell), that involve Living Colour mate Will Calhoun. Wimbish and Calhoun are Head>>Fake and are once again part of Living Colour. In 2004 Doug inspirated his Tackhead team mates for a reunion.

For more information please check the official Doug Wimbish website.