The Art of Bass Guitar Performance
The Institute was proud to host a masterclass with Beyonce's bassist Divinity Roxx, exclusively for students and alumni, and held here at our campus in North London.
Divinity visited the Institute following her performance on the Live Stage at the London Bass Guitar Show 2015. She talked to students about topics such as how to learn on the go, how to make the most of technology and resources, and professionalism and etiquette.
Divinity Roxx’s musical journey started on the burgeoning music scene in Atlanta, GA. She fell in love with the bass guitar while studying journalism at UC Berkeley, moved back to her hometown and dove head first into the Atlanta live music scene. Her career as a bass-player skyrocketed after she attended a bass camp led by the legendary Victor Wooten and was invited to tour with him merely three months after the bass camp.
With limited funds, a heart full of passion and an energy that exudes resilience, she auditioned for Beyoncé, was selected as a band member and assistant Musical Director, and toured and worked with the super-star for over 5 years. She has appeared on countless television shows including The Grammy’s, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Saturday Night Live, and Good Morning America, just to name a few. One of the many highlights of touring with Beyoncé was performing a show at The White House for President Barack Obama and his family.
Divinity has also been the Musical Director for K-Pop sensation, 2NE1 and joined them on their first worldwide New Evolution Tour in 2012. She has most recently played The Arsenio Hall Show, 106 and Park and The Queen Latifah Show with rapper B.o.B. and enjoyed an appearance on Cedric The Entertainer’s TV sitcom, The Soul Man.
Divinity got her start touring and appearing on albums with the legendary bassist Victor Wooten, one of the most prolific bass players of modern times. She has also appeared on records by Will.I.Am, Beyonce, and Polow Da Don. She’s backed up legends like Patti Labelle, Kelly Rowland and Ledisi on BET’s Black Girl’s Rock TV show, and is always the consummate professional in any working environment.
Despite all of these appearances with so many legendary and iconic figures, it is in her live solo performance where Divinity shines the brightest. Her ability to simultaneously play bass guitar while fronting her own band captivates audiences around the world. Her ‘Roxx Boxx Experience’ project is the ultimate mash-up of hip-hop and rock, featuring appearances by Grammy award winning artists and musicians Bootsy Collins and Killa Mike.
Her singles, ‘Black Betty’, and ‘Get Here’ are available now on iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, CD Baby and other digital distributors.
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