Amp Fiddler

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Amp Fiddler
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Background Information

Birth Name

Joseph Anthony Fiddler

Born

1965

Origin

Detroit

Genres

Soul, Funk, R&B, electronica

Origin

Years Active

1983 -Present

Singer-Songwriter, keyboardist

Website

http://www.ampfiddler.com

About

Joseph "Amp" Fiddler is a musician who has an extensive list of credits that extends across a couple decades. Fiddler, who produces and sings in addition to doing the bulk of his duties on keyboards, organs, and pianos, has played on records by Prince, the Brand New Heavies, Ramsey Lewis, George Clinton, the P-Funk All Stars, the Dramatics, Primal Scream, Was (Not Was), and Too Short.

Biography

Joseph Anthony Fiddler was born in 1965, after learning piano as a child, Fiddler studied music at Oakland and Wayne State Universities, and with the jazz great Harold McKinney. In 1983 received his big break when a friend, Bernie Worrell the Parliament/Funkadelic keyboardist passed a tape of his playing to George Clinton. Bernie was leaving the mothership, and Amp ended up replacing him, touring with Clinton and the P-Funk mob for more than a decade.

With significant help from bass-playing brother Thomas "Bubz" Fiddler (another member of the extended P-Funk family), Amp released With Respect on Elektra in 1990 as Mr. Fiddler. Although the record didn't fare well commercially, it was a solid update of '70s funk with modern production sensibilities.

His first solo full-length solo album Waltz of a Ghetto Fly saw release in January 2004. Another solo album, Afro Strut, was released in the U.K. in 2006; Play It Again Sam licensed it for U.S. release a year later. Two years later, Fiddler and Sly & Robbie kicked off the Strut label's collaboration-oriented Inspiration Information series.


Discography

Albums:

  • Motor City Booty) (CD, Vinyl, Digital) (2016) Amazon iTunes
  • Blackhouse (Paint The White House Black) Amp Fiddler, Sly & Robbie (Vinyl, Digital) Strut 2009 Amazon iTunes


Videos


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