Since the age of three, Charles Platt Jr. has had a love for music. Music flows through his veins, as he comes from a talented family full of singers and musicians.
Charles' father was a talented lead guitar player whom he deeply admired. At the age of 11, Charles desired to follow in his father’s footsteps. He gained an interest in becoming a musician and quickly took a liking to the bass. Within a few weeks of owning a bass, he was able to play effectively behind other musicians as they instructed. Charles soon began studying artists, such as Fred Hammond and Stanley Clarke, and his mind was forever changed about this multifaceted instrument. He desired to learn even more about bass soloing, so he studied the greats, such as Marcus Miller, Victor Wooten, Wayman Tisdale, Jaco Pastorius, and Nathan East.
By studying the techniques used by his influences, Charles developed a style of his own. As a well-rounded music producer and bass solo artist, he perfected his style, which he calls, Tri-Role Bass Playing. He defines this as a bass player who has the ability to combine traditional bass playing, the rhythmic pattern of drums, and the melodic lead progressions of the keyboard into a single cohesive sound. His sound also blends genres of Jazz, Hip Hop, Pop and Funk. Along with five- and six-strings, Charles plays a Conklin Bill Dickens Signature Series seven-string bass guitar. Taking notice to listener’s reactions, he created the saying, “Bass controls the groove, and the groove gets people moving!”