Joseph ‘Amp’ Fiddler’s time in the spotlight of centre stage has been a long time coming. Having previously worked as a session musician, his adept playing has featured on records by many notable artists including Primal Scream, Moodyman, Prince and Funkadelic/Parliament, who he spent a decade touring with (as replacement to Bernie Worrell, no less).
A Detroit resident and single parent Amp Fiddler juggles his role as songwrite/musician and bandleader with his duties as a dad, whilst also maintaining his own studio the Amp Camp (as utilized by other Detroit newcomers such as DJ Dez/Andres and J Dilla/Slum Village).
Emerging from the backline a few years ago with the brilliantly loose ‘Waltz Of A Ghetto Fly’ Amp Fiddler issued it’s follow up titled ‘Afro Strut’ in the early noughties. A much tighter, more structured song-based affair ‘Afro Strut’ still carried Amp Fiddler’s endearing, laidback, funky, jazz-inflected sound, an undoubted homage to wondrous 60s/70s artist Sly Stone. Amp Fiddler offers a fantastic flavour of classic sounds from the 70s, coupled with charming, contemporary influence and delivery, showing just how broad a church modern R&B and soul can actually be.