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Bill Laswell

Bill Laswell is an American bassist, record producer, and owner of a record company. Bill Laswell has collaborated on tens of thousands of recordings with a wide range of international collaborators. Jazz, world music, dub, ambient music, funk, and other genres are all represented in his music.

Early Life and Education

On February 12, 1955, Bill Laswell was born in Illinois. He is currently 67 years old. The history of his family and his siblings is unknown. Regarding his nationality, he identifies as American.

Regarding his educational background, Laswell has not provided any information. So, we’re unsure of the university from which he graduated.

Career and Professional Life

Bill is a bassist from America who also owns a record label and produces music. In R&B and funk bands in Detroit and Ann Arbor, Michigan, Laswell started his professional bass career. He watched shows that combined genres by Iggy and the Stooges, MC5, and Funkadelic, among others.

He was influenced by jazz musicians Miles Davis, Albert Ayler, and John Coltrane as well. In the late 1970s, Laswell moved to New York City and became actively involved in the expanding local music scene. He relocated to producer Giorgio Gomelsky’s loft and joined a band that would subsequently become the original iteration of Material.

He worked with no-wave musicians as well as artists including Brian Eno, Fred Frith, John Zorn, Daniel Ponce, Ginger Baker, Peter Brötzmann, Kip Hanrahan, and Sonny Sharrock.

Bill Laswell in a concert

Caption: Bill Laswell in a concert Source: Discogs

Bill and Martin Bisi created a music studio and met Celluloid Records’ Jean Karakos. Baselines were Laswell’s debut solo album. Later, he co-wrote and produced “Rockit” on Herbie Hancock’s album Future Shock.

He played bass guitar on the record and co-wrote other songs; as a result, they worked together more in the 2000s. He received a Grammy for producing Hancock’s subsequent album, Sound-System. In 1986, he founded the band Last Exit with Peter Brötzmann, Ronald Shannon Jackson, and Sonny Sharrock. He was a part of Dave Douglas’ Uplift band in November 2018 at the London Jazz Festival.

Laswell often works with small groups of individuals. In 2005, Laswell was chosen to take part in the PBS program Soundstage. Pharoah Sanders, Foday Musa Suso, Bootsy Collins, and Catfish Collins were among the performers during the show, along with Praxis and Tabla Beat Science members.

Bill Laswell collab with buckethead and Brain

Caption: Bill Laswell collab with Buckethead and Brain Source: Instagram

Bill Laswell – Net Worth 2023

Laswell has not made public the details of his pay, wages, or income. However, sources claim that Bill Laswell has a net worth between $1 million and $2 million. His property, vehicles, and other assets are being examined.

Relationship Status

Bill Laswell is a married man. He is married to the Ethiopian singer Ejigayehu Shibabaw, also known as Gigi. He lives a happily married life. However, there is no information on their children and it seems they don’t have any.


Bill Laswell – Body Measurements 

Bill has not provided any information about his height, weight, chest size, or waist size. Bill Laswell has dark black eyes and lengthy dark black hair.

Social Media

On Instagram, Bill has 1.8k followers under the handle @nagualsite. He also has 1.9k followers on Twitter and is active there. On the other hand, he is not very active on other social media platforms like Youtube and Tiktok.