Interviews

Earth, Wind & Fire's Verdine White on the "Steady Progression of Getting Better and Better"

There's very little in the music world that Earth, Wind & Fire bassist Verdine White hasn't accomplished in his 44 years as a recording artist.

He's sold hundreds of millions of records. He's played in front of mammoth festival crowds. He's widely considered one of the best bass guitarists of all time. He's genre-hopped with EW&F from jazz-rock fusion to deep funk to disco to electro pop without a peep of "sellout" being heckled from the popcorn seats.

He won the music game with a smile on his face and continues to record and perform for huge audiences worldwide.

Next week, Earth, Wind & Fire is playing Hard Rock Live in Hollywood in support of its upcoming Christmas album, Holiday. We got 15 minutes with Verdine to chat on the phone about his amazing career. It was 15 minutes well-spent. After a few pleasantries, we got way down to it.

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