Danish bass virtuoso Ida Nielsen got her life turned upside down when music legend Prince discovered her talents in August 2010. Shortly after she joined his band and started touring with him and The New Power Generation as well as the 4-piece power house rock band 3rdeyegirl and was part of his bands from 2010 until his untimely passing in April 2016. She describes playing with Prince as “a huge gift and as the most magical musical journey ever, and an on-going learning experience beyond all imagination.”
After the years with Prince, Ida started to focus on her solo career as a bassist. Ida has been releasing music on a regular basis and has increased her touring schedules tremendously since 2016. Ida and her band The Funkbots are currently her primary focus, a group delivering a high energy funk show packed with good vibes, tight grooves and subtle references to her former employer and teacher Prince. Amongst her career highlights, Ida was voted amongst the top 10 bass players in the world (together with fellow bassists Stanley Clarke & Victor Wooten ) in the annual Music Radar poll 2019.
The enigmatic string of numbers 02022020 is a palindrome date and the name of her 5th and most recent solo album. On this album, Ida invites the listener into a more intimate universe than her previous rhythm-dominated releases. You will discover a diverse and more mellow side of Ida’s compositional musicianship, however Ida’s highly recognizable sound still cuts through this stripped down musical setting and makes your head bob (softly). Ida includes plenty of gems for the bass lovers – smooth bass carried chord grooves, as well as lots of soulful bass solos. In sum, a smooth mix of new material and reinventions of some older songs featuring young and upcoming Austrian artist Aljosha as well as members of her band: The Funkbots. The vibe of her new album can be described as overall smooth, laid back and chilled. Ida Nielsen and her Funkbots is now available for booking.