For those who somehow don’t know the legend that is Victor Wooten… he is an American bass player, record producer, educator, and recipient of five Grammy Awards. He has been playing bass with the group Bela Fleck and the Flecktones since their formation and plays both solo shows alike. But he isn’t just a bassist. Victor also owns and runs a record label, Vix Records which releases all his albums. As if that wasn’t impressive enough he also has written a novel, The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music. Oh, and lastly, he runs a music camp, Victor Wooten’s Center for Music and Nature which is a basically a summer camp that teaches you how to play better… no big deal.
We had the chance to catch up with Victor at the 2019 NAMM show where he got a first look at the new Hartke HD508. The HD508 is the next iteration in Hartke’s popular HD Series. This baby is a high-powered, lightweight Bass Combo. Packing four 8″ Hartke patented HyDrive speakers which Victor even questions, as you can see in the video. Yes, they are only 8 Inch Speakers. Finally, you’ve got a 500-watt Class D amplifier into a sleek enclosure. Coming in at only 49 pounds, the HD508 provides an exceptional bass tone to any rehearsal, stage or studio and is a breeze to transport.
Last but certainly not least, we got to not only watch but film this incredible musical collaboration. Two of my personal favorite bass players coming together to make some sweet, sweet music. John Ferrara of considering the Source plugged in and played with Victor to give us all a great show. If you are not familiar with John or CTS, they are definitely worth checking out. One consistent similarity between these two bass juggernauts is the fact that they both play Hartke Amps. You know if Victor and John both play Hartke they have got to be doing something right. Check out Victor Wooten, check out Consider the Source and check out Hartke Amps, you can thank me later.
Click HERE to check out our interview with John Ferrara of Consider the Source!