Eric “EQ” Young, bassist for the band Con Funk Shun returns on the show to talk about the band, teaching music to kids, working on material for his next EP and working with producer Derek “DOA” Allen. EQ talks about the importance of developing your own sound and direction and having a message to your songs that people can connect with, as well as the importance of being driven and cultivating your own passion. He describes the experiences of playing with artists like Bar-kays, Larry Graham, Sly and the Family Stone and Parliament Funkadelic.
Producer/Bassist Derek “D.O.A.” Allen joins the show and talks about getting his start in Sacramento, developing a love for quartet gospel music, joining a band with best friend Flip and eventually forming the group Devotion, infusing contemporary styles into gospel music. Later Derek and Flip moved to L.A. and started generating some buzz as a rhythm section. Flip got his break first, touring with Stephanie Mills, and helped support Derek until his career picked up, when he was hired to go on tour with Janet Jackson and Rhythm Nation.