JIM WRIGHT (now Jay Double You!) was just 12 years old when his big sister Debbie Wright’s bandmates—George Clinton, Bootsy, and the rest of Parliament-Funkadelic—started hanging out at his mother’s house in Detroit. In fact, Tiki Fulwood gave little Jim his first pair of drumsticks. And by the time he was in his late teens, he was already making a good living as a session player for legendary producer Don Davis at the local funk lab, United Sound.
But it was Parliament OG-vocalist Fuzzy Haskins who officially gave Wright his big break with the P. Fuzzy told the kid he had just two takes to make it in—Wright killed it in one, performing with no less than Glenn Goins, Garry Shider, and Boogie Mosson. By the late 70s, young Jim was not only the drummer for his sister Deb’s vocal trio PARLET, but also the original leader of the band. On top of all that, he played on tracks that became part of Bernie Worrell’s classic solo debut, All the Woo in the World.
But just as Clinton (or “G” as Jay Dub sometimes calls him) was about to propel the Wright siblings’ careers to the next level, tragedy befell the sister—causing a series of events that affected her brother deeply. So Jim returned to work with Davis, under whom he studied the art of songwriting and producing. Soon he had learned so much that he went independent, reinventing himself as Jay Double You! and putting out a string of his own funktastic albums.
In this awe-inspiring but laughter-filled interview, Jay Dub spits deep game about playing in the pocket, gives numerous fly-on-the-wall accounts of the creation of such funk staples as “Flashlight,” and shares personal anecdotes involving Eddie Hazel, Gary “Mudbone” Cooper, and many other big-time funkateers. But that’s not all. Dub also waxes poetic on the cold realties of the music biz, drum machines vs. the human soul, and the importance of positive messages.