John Kumnick shares his memories of playing with David Bowie

John Kumnick played bass in Bowie's band in 1980

John Kumnick was a member of Bowie’s band who performed ‘Life On Mars?‘ and ‘Ashes To Ashes‘ on Johnny Carson’s Tonight show in 1980, and later appeared in the video for ‘Fashion‘.

Kumnick started playing electric bass as a kid after hearing Cream’s Jack Bruce. His passion for the instrument led him to study double bass at the University of Hartford. He then moved to New York playing with various bands before hooking up with Bowie.

Shortly after Bowie’s death in January 2016, Kumnick shared his story in an interview on radio station WBLM.