Los Angeles California by way of Chicago Illinois; Ethan Farmer picked up the bass at the age of five and made it his own. Of all the badass bass players, Ethan is the one with the style, the charisma, and that deep voice that says ‘I was born to play the bass’.
At eight years old, he became the youngest member of the family group, The Amazing Farmer Singers, marking the beginning of a life long love and pursuit of music. Advanced beyond his years, by sixteen Ethan had toured the country and established himself in churches around Chicago. As he began to come into his own, he grew anxious to explore other genres of music and was instantly drawn to R&B, funk, and soul, and idolized artists including Prince and Michael Jackson. Spending time with his uncles, who are distinguished musicians, Ethan was introduced to many of the major cats in Chicago who affirmed his talent and encouraged him to pursue greater opportunities.
In 1998, Ethan moved to Los Angeles and began sitting in at the clubs awaiting any opportunity to jam with the cats he respected. He struggled to make it in LA for a year until he met Andrew Gouche, a prominent gospel bass player, who gave him the chance he had been waiting for. While Andrew would later become a great friend and mentor, it was that initial trust in Ethan’s potential which led to his first big break as a professional playing with Jody Watley on BET’s Planet Groove. Ethan’s career quickly gained momentum as people often wanted to know, “Who was that young kid playing bass?” Since then he has become a household name touring, writing, producing and recording with various artists including Janet Jackson, Babyface, Patti LaBelle, Darius Rucker, and Hootie and the Blowfish. Most recently ethan has been spotted on the road with Lionel Richie, and on the home screen in Craig T. Robinson’s all star band, The Nasty Delicious, during their Super Bowl halftime commercials. August marks the start of a US tour with The Avengers, with Chip Shearin and Ethan Farmer proving the full range of the bass as a front instrument.
While his resume speaks for itself, many attribute Ethan’s success to his chameleon like ability; adjusting his style to suit the artist while maintaining his own unique sound. A humble character, Ethan continues to nurture his craft playing in the same local clubs that initially helped launch his career, as well as offering advice and mentorship to hopeful musicians. Apart from being an excellent bassist and an all around “nice guy,” he has confirmed his position as a well respected musician in the industry through hard work, dedication, and most importantly, a strong foundation of faith.
Farmer’s Vineyard marks Ethan’s Ropeadope debut, as he steps forward to make his mark as a solo artist. Funky as always, with a comfortable jazz feel, Farmer’s Vineyard shows off his bass talents and brings an authenticity to a well known genre.
01: Ebassman vs Ethan
02: Kung Fu
03: Sun Trees
05: Introducing AKA Ebassman
06: Across the Heartland
07: Love Again(feat. BJ the Chicago Kid)
09: Kiss In the Autumn (Feat. Boney James)
11: Across the Heartland (Radio Version)
For more information: Ethan Farmer