The Jimi Hendrix of the Bass: Watch a Busker Shred the Bass on the Streets of Newcastle

If you find your­self on the streets of New­cas­tle, Eng­land, you might stum­ble upon Ojay (aka Stephen Oliv­er Jones) busk­ing away, doing things you nev­er thought pos­si­ble with the bass gui­tar. Hence why he’s been dubbed the Jimi Hen­drix of the bass.

Ojay learned to play the bass with­out putting much effort into it. Years ago, he played in the Dust Junkys, a rap rock band in Man­ches­ter, before then mov­ing to New­cas­tle and giv­ing busk­ing a try. That was nine years ago, he told Tom Drap­er in this inter­view.

For Ojay, busk­ing offers more than a chance to earn a liv­ing. It pro­vides a cre­ative space, a chance to con­tin­u­al­ly impro­vise and work out new musi­cal ideas. Watch him in action above. And do your­self a favor, give the video a lit­tle time to unfold. It just keeps get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter.

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  • CLG Conlon says:

    Jaco Pas­to­rius is still my favourite, but…

  • Matthew Moye says:

    Ojay knows my soul!

  • Luzarrow says:

    Very tal­ent­ed gen­tle­man but sounds a lot like Jaco Pas­to­rius. He is the Hen­drix of bass.

  • D says:

    you’re play­ing is so damn dope. i hope i find you some­where

  • Jason Haley says:

    Metal­li­ca can start to CONSTANTLY give him shit and turn down his bass tracks on future albums (ala Jason New­stad) so Robert Tru­jil­lo gets pissed off and quits the band (but not before lay­ing down a CYCO BEATDOWN first!!) Then the “sur­viv­ing” mem­bers can hire this dude! Or…Ojay and Les Clay­pool can have “Duel­ing Bass Gui­tars” instead of “Duel­ing Ban­jos”!!! Seri­ous­ly, Ojay gets his JAM on here, F‑YEAH!!

  • FUNKVIBE says:

    I like what he’s doing, but I feel like he sounds more like Eddie Van Halen with a dash of Willie Weeks, then Mr.Hendrix

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