Fleck performing on February 9, 2007
|Birth name||BÃ©la Anton LeoÅ¡ Fleck|
July 10, 1958 |
New York City, U.S.
|Genres||Jazz, jazz fusion, bluegrass, folk, classical, world, folk rock|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, songwriter, composer|
|Labels||Rounder, Warner Bros., Sony Classical, Rhino|
|Associated acts||New Grass Revival, Strength in Numbers, BÃ©la Fleck and the Flecktones, Abigail Washburn, Sparrow Quartet|
|Deering Crossfire electric banjo with custom pickups and synthesizer pickup|
My most powerful memory was hearing Earl Scruggs on 'The Beverly Hillbillies' as a 5 or 6 year old. That sound just blew me away, shook my head up.
I think it is very ironic that most people think that the banjo is a southern white instrument. It came from Africa and even for the first years that white people played banjo they would put on blackface.
I always try to work with people who are better than me, so I can learn more.
I think the Flecktones are a mixture of acoustic and electronic music with a lot of roots in folk and bluegrass as well as funk and jazz.