TIR 128: John Heintz Tells How He Pulled Off the Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown

John Heintz (right) grooving with Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.


Brought to you by FUNKNSTUFF.NET and hosted by Scott “DR GX” Goldfine — musicologist and author of “Everything Is on THE ONE: The First Guide of Funk” ― “TRUTH IN RHYTHM” is the interview show that gets DEEP into the pocket with contemporary music’s foremost masters of the groove.

Featured in TIR Episode 128 (3 parts): Bassist and impresario John Heintz — founder and ringleader of the funk-R&B all-stars collective known as The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown. With roots that trace back to 2007, Heintz, whose other musical exploits include the Lee Boys and another star-studded musical collective known as Trulio Disgracias, assembled dozens of like-minded yet diverse players in an attempt to bring the magic of live improvisation into a studio setting.

The fruits of those efforts thus far have been two albums under the The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown, or as an acronym, BONG, banner. Volume 1 dropped in 2012 and featured George Clinton and several members of the P-Funk All-Stars, as well as a bunch of accomplished musicians from the jam-band scene.

Volume 2 was released in 2018 and included, among many others, Speech, Fred Wesley, Vernon Reid, Larry Dunn, RonKat Spearman, Angelo Moore and Taylor Dayne. In recent years, a revolving lineup has hit stages across the country to bring the BONG amalgamation of funk, R&B, New Orleans jazz, hip hop and other influences to the people. And, more volumes of the collective’s eclectic creations are said to be in the works, as what could have very well wound up as a one-off novelty is turning into its own sonic underground movement.

Here, Heintz explains how he conceptualized BONG, saw it to fruition and continues to push it forward regardless of its multitude of challenges.



Scott Goldfine

As a fervid lifelong music & film enthusiast / student, I grew up in and around the Los Angeles entertainment industry. I have worked and held many positions in various media realms, since 1998 serving as Editor-in-Chief and now Associate Publisher for Security Sales & Integration, a trade publication serving the electronic security industry. I love several genres of music & film. The former includes funk (Parliament-Funkadelic, Prince, Ohio Players, etc.); blues (Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, Eric Gales, etc.); rock (Jack White, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young, etc.); hard rock (AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, etc.); jazz (Herbie Hancock, Bob James, Crusaders, etc.); R&B (Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Gil Scott-Heron, etc.); and more. I was a club disc jockey and ran a mobile DJ company (Musical Moods) for more than 15 years, which is where the name Dr. GX originates (Doctor Good Times). Fave film genres include horror (Dawn of the Dead, Evil Dead, Nightmare on Elm Street, etc.); science fiction (Aliens, Terminator, 2001, etc.); action (Warriors, Road Warrior, Die Hard); westerns (Outlaw Josey Wales, Showdown at OK Corral; Wild Bunch, etc.); suspense (Jaws, Inception, Silence of the Lambs, etc.); drama (Apocalypse Now, Goodfellas, Pulp Fiction, etc.); and comedies (Life of Brian, Superbad, Ruthless People, etc.). I have attended many hundreds of concerts and movies (in theaters or screenings). I may as well also throw in a few favorite TV shows to give an even broader taste of my sensibilities. A handful would be Breaking Bad, Walking Dead, Lost, Justified, Fargo, Seinfeld, Sopranos, South Park, Brooklyn Nine Nine, Key & Peele, Monty Python, Inside Amy Schumer, Louie, Modern Family, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Last Man on Earth, Bob Newhart Show, All in the Family and The Office. Fave authors are Stephen King, Clive Barker and Michael Crichton. I am also a big sports fan and lifelong supporter of the Dallas Cowboys (NFL), Los Angeles Lakers (NBA) and Pittsburgh Pirates (MLB). Also enjoy my family of course, electronics/computers/AV gear, and animals, nature and outdoor activities. Graduate of Santa Monica High School, Santa Monica College and California State University Northridge (Radio-TV-Film, Psychology minor). Also studied at UCLA for kinesiology/psychology and earned post-grad Certificate in Accounting from Santa Monica College. Present main occupation is as Associate Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Security Sales & Integration (SSI), which I joined in 1998. I am responsible for overseeing all editorial content in print. online, electronic, in-person and any other media or products for the electronic security industry's leading business-to-business trade publication. SSI is part of Framingham, Mass.-based Emerald Expositions.