Michael Hampton has been a lead guitarist, composer and musical director as well as a Rock 'n Roll Hall of fame inductee with the band George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic since 1974.
His debut performance at Landover MD was a substitute for original Funkadelic guitarist Eddie Hazel, however he firmly grabbed his position as a new star player in already a stadium-sell-out band. He was fresh out of high school when he caught the band member's attention at their after show party, where he played the well known solo "Maggot Brain" note for note. That was how "Kidd” started as “Funkadelic", which later
becomes a part of album title and his nickname “Kidd Funkadelic™”.
Hampton recalls those early days as if the guitar choose him when he picked up his first guitar in one store near his hometown. He started to teach himself picking up various numbers from the radio. During junior high school, his musical imagination had been triggered by a guy in his neighbor who turned him onto the electric guitar, then during High school he took lessons from a Jazz guitar player, who taught him technique, from various scales to “ghost noting” which rooted deep into his signature style, simultaneous “melody-chord-speed”. This training prepared this determined Kidd for the biggest turning point soon after. As Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, Albert King were some of the biggest influence to him, he listened to many different genres of music and players, and then turned them into his own interpretations, which supports his musical versatility and complexity to this day.
Hampton's first studio recordings was Bootsy's Rubber Band's “Stretchin' Out In” (1976). As time went on, he built his unique style to the higher level by recording and performing with Parliament and Funkadelic. George Clinton describes him “Perfected the concept to play solo with melody of the song” with his solo leads on “Maggot Brain”, “Red Hot Momma”, “Cosmic Slop”, “Knee Deep”, “Funkentelechy” to name a few. Since 80's, he has been showing his multi talent on other musical instruments from key board to drums, as well as synthesizer programming and producing songs.
Besides being one of the most important members of P-funk, Hampton has been playing and recording on various project with & without P-funk. Playing his one-and-only “Kidd Funkadelic™” style, he adds a modern yet old school, groovy and hard edge to whatever he works on and takes it to another level of art and reaches out to audiences without any extra frills. In the best acclaimed P-funk spin off project, 420 Funk Mob, starting back in 1997, led by Michael “Clip” Payne along with Lige Curry, Gabe Gonzales, who are also current or past members of P-funk, he has been leading the band sound as a deep groove oriented funk rock jam, delivering the spirits of early Funkadelic in the best form. Hampton's Other projects includes Deee Lite, along with Bootsy Collins, he went out to world tour (1994), also appears on Bill Laswel projects with Bernie Worrel, also played on Too $hort albums (1992 & 1996) and worked on studio project for Too $hort.
Hampton recorded his 1st complete solo album, “Heavy Metal Funkason” (1998) which emphasis on another side of him. While various members from P-funk including George Clinton appeared on some of the tracks, Hampton created his own world featuring heavy metal style guitar with psychedelic and earthy groove from Funkadelic. This actually widened his musical exploration much further for the future. His talent runs from performing on different instruments to jumping onto his take on digital music creation.
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