William “Bootsy” Collins got his big break when James Brown plucked him for the original line-up of his groundbreaking early 70s backing band, The J.B.’s. But it wasn’t long before the charismatic Bootzilla – armed with his “space bass”, elastic vocals, and mischievous wordplay – would become a funk icon in his own right. Watch him tell his story to Andrew Noz during the 2011 Red Bull Music Academy in Madrid.
"I was in a band called The Pacemakers with my brother, and we were recording at King Records, which happened to be over in Cincinnati, Ohio. Which happened to be where James Brown recorded some of his records. We knew that, so we hung over at King Records every day after school, waiting and watching for anybody. We happened to run into a guy called Charles Spurling, who was an A&R guy, and he liked us. He wanted to come and hear us. So we invited him down to a club and he came down and checked us out. He said, “Man, you cats have got a whole new energy... I want you to be my band over at King Records."