Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner is an American bassist, singer, songwriter and producer. He is the son of jazz drummer Ronald Bruner, Sr. who played with the Temptations, Diana Ross, Gary Bartz and Gladys Knight, and he's the younger brother of Grammy Award winning drummer Ronald Bruner, Jr.
Bruner's first major gig came when he joined his brother Ronald as part of the L.A.-based punk band Suicidal Tendencies. Bruner, who was only 16 years old at the time, replaced bassist Mike Trujillo, who left the band to join Metallica. Also that year, Bruner toured with Stanley Clarke in Japan. Bruner became one of L.A.'s go to session players, working with Erykah Badu, J*Davey, Sa-Ra Creative Partners, Snoop Dogg and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson.
Thundercat - Apocalyse
In 2011, Bruner released his debut, Golden Age of Apocalypse (Brainfeeder), which was Executive Produced by Flying Lotus. The duo teamed up a second time to record and produce Thundercat's sophomore album, Apocalypse (Brainfeeder, 2013). Apocalypse came in the wake of the passing of Bruner's close friend and collaborator Austin Peralta, a young Brainfeeder musician who was the keyboardist/pianist on many of the songs on Golden Age of the Apocalypse. The new album delves deeper into the free jazz, modern soul/funk that Flying Lotus and Thundercat have been pioneering throughout the Los Angeles music scene, blurring the lines between pop, funk, electronica and prog rock. Thundercat is currently working on another album with Flying Lotus, as well as playing bass, singing, and writing for Wiz Khalifa, Syd (from The Internet), and Mac Miller.
Thundercat took time out of his busy recording schedule to do a little digging at Amoeba Hollywood. He's got some really cool finds like the Classic Sonny Chiba Collection from legendary martial arts icon, Sonny Chiba, on DVD. He also picked up a copy of Seth McFarlane's Music Is Better Than Words on CD and dug up some of his buddies albums like Goblin by Tyler, The Creator and Cosmogramma by Flying Lotus. Check out the What's In My Bag? episode with Thundercat!
Thundercat - What's In My Bag?
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With Thundercat's recent rise from the underground, he's managed to stir up quite a buzz. The cat is getting props from the coolest musicians and media blogs around! Erykah Badu co-signs the future funk bassist and MTV Hive puts him in the same breath as Funkadelic and Curtis Mayfield. Pitchfork gave Thundercat's Apocalypse an 8.2 out of 10! That's really good. The new online music documentary show, Off Main St., produced a great piece with Thundercat. In Episode One, Thundercat speaks candidly to the camera while simultaneously documenting a performance at the Echoplex in Los Angeles, California. In the interview, he says that Amoeba is “the best thing that could have ever happened to LA.” Thanks, Thundercat! Check out the full episode below. Enjoy!
Thundercat - Off Main St.
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