12 Mar Ida Nielsen and Funkbots at Nišville 2023
Funky Vibes at Nišville: Ida Nielsen and the Funkbots Take the Stage
Prince’s Bassist Performs for the First Time in Serbia
Danish bass guitarist Ida Nielsen, internationally known as the former member of Prince’s backing bands and a musician ranked in the top 10 of her instrument by renowned music magazines, will perform with her band Funkbots at this year’s Nišville on August 11th.
Bassist, composer, and singer Ida Kristine Nielsen (also known as Bas Ida, Bassida, or Ida Funkhouser) was born in Denmark in 1975. She started playing bass guitar at the age of 16 and graduated in electric bass from the Royal Academy of Music in Denmark in 1998. She gained attention as a member of the Danish pop rock band “Michael Learns to Rock” and the Belgian cult group “Zap Mama.”
She released her first album under her name, “Marmelade,” in 2008, and in 2010 she received an invitation from Prince to join his band “New Power Generation,” with whom she recorded albums and performed concerts until Prince’s death in 2016. She was also a member of Prince’s female backing band “3rdeyegirl” (launched in 2012) with American drummer Hannah Wellton and Canadian guitarist Donna Grantis.
Regarding her collaboration with the music legend, Ida said that it was a magical musical journey for her, fulfilling her greatest childhood dreams, and certainly the greatest gift she received in her life, and the experience she gained was immeasurable. “The most important thing Prince taught me is to play with my heart. Always!” – said Ida in an interview for Danish television.
After years with Prince, Ida focused on her solo career. She has released several albums and frequently performs at concerts and festivals with her band “Funkbots,” whose music is described as a “high-energy funk show full of good vibrations, solid grooves, and subtle references to her former employer and teacher.”
In a poll by the influential music website Music Radar for 2019, she was listed as one of the top ten bassists in the world, along with Stanley Clark and Victor Wooten.