Biography of Greg Sanders
A native of Albion, Michigan, Greg grew up in the same town as world renowned producer/bassist Bill Laswell. Greg was drawn to the musical wizardry of groups like Return to Forever and Weather Report at a young age, particularly the bass styling of Stanley Clarke and Jaco Pastorius. Hearing Jimi Hendrix for the first time gave him a whole new understanding of the countless boundaries of music, but it was the sounds of Parliament Funkadelic, Zapp and Graham Central Station that brought a lifelong passion for funk music. Blending the riffing and expansive arrangements of his love for fusion jazz with the primal essence of funk and ghetto rock, Greg’s songwriting serves as the incomparable backbone of the Gorilla Funk Mob’s sound. His right thumb steadies the bands pulse and serves as its compass.
Last year Greg G Rock Sanders released an independent CD called Back to Bassix it blends elements of funk ,jazz fusion, neo soul and a little world music on the side featuring the artistry of vocalist producer Tony Ozier. Back to Bassix has received critical acclaim having sold out at the Funkateers ball ,Maggie Ms Funk store in Washington DC. Back to Bassix received airplay on World Core radio ,Metronome Theory Live radio and most recently Grown Folks Grooves in London to name a few. G. Rock has played with a myriad of artist .He played on the West Coast with Coke Escovedo ,Chambers Bros, Above the Law, Kokane Chocolate ,Mario Johnson and Ms. Sheila E .Now back in his home state of Michigan with his live band Gorilla Funk Mob ,they have been called the hip hop band of Detroit for playing behind some of Detroit's finest hip hop bands from the likes of Slum Village, Danny Brown ,Phat Cat and many others. G Rock Sanders have also worked with many pioneers of funk including Allan Barnes sax player of the Blackbyrds, Narada Michael Walden producer artist song writer extraordinaire Known for his hit I Should Of Loved Ya , Maceo Parker from James Brown's horn section and legendary soul group The Dramatics.
There are many sides of this musical prodigy from Detroit. His creativity goes beyond the scope of just playing music. He has a knack for character development. He shows off this skill by writing an animated comic strip that is on You Tube called Galactic Gorillas. This is a collaborative effort that includes Tony Ozier and his cousin Rodney Todd. If the artwork looks familiar it is. This is the artistic styling of none other than the original Funkadelic artist Curtis Wilcox.
Comic Galactic Gorilla