|Net Worth:||$15 Million|
|Birthday:||Sep 29, 1963|
|Age:||58 years old|
|Height:||6.1 feet (185cm)|
|Birthplace:||United States of America|
|Occupation:||Singer, Musician, Songwriter|
|Last Updated:||May, 2022|
Les Claypool’s net worth is $15 million. By profession, Les is a musician and songwriter. Les is famous for being the lead vocalist on Primus, a well-known band. Before he started this band, he was a carpenter. He is also a bass player for this same band. Les began playing bass at the young age of 14. In addition to being a musician and writer, he is also a film score composer, author, actor, and record producer. He is also a film director and bassist.
From all the members of Primus, he is the only one who has continuously stayed with the band. Les’s playing style on the bass is more famous for mixing tapping, whammy bar bends, slapping and flamenco-like strumming. As such, the music produced by Primus is described as “thrash-funk”. Most people know him for having a great sense of humor and his personality is described as eccentric.
How Did Les Claypool Become Rich?
The 58 years old musician was born in 1963 in Richmond, California. Growing up Les and Kirk Hammett were well acquainted and went to the same school. Growing up his family was part of the working class, and they were known to be car repairers. He was more inclined to play the bass and he practiced the instrument since 14. At that young age, his main influencers and models were John Paul Jones, Chris Squire, Paul McCartney, Tony Levin, Geezer Butler, Roger Waters and Bootsy Collins. His family encouraged him to go to college and work but instead, he wanted to make music and work. This frustrated his family greatly and found it displeasing that he only wanted to play the bass, but they later supported his dream. Les currently stays in California with his family.
Les was a carpenter before he formed Primus. When he got the Memphis Precision bass, he immediately knew that it was his dream to be a musician and that was all he ever wanted to do in life.
At the beginning of his career, Les went on to be the bassist for Metallica. This endeavor was unsuccessful as he did not get the part he auditioned for because James Hetfield thought that Les was too good and rather advised him to start his own thing. Les believes he did not get the part as he said he look like a thug at the audition. Les then started a band known as Primate in 1984 with his friend who played the guitar and another who was a drummer. The goal of the team was to make unique music. This band then became known as Primus and it is still known as Primus to this day.
Some of the successful milestones of the Primus band from 1989 include playing at Woodstock in 1994 where they performed one of their hits called My Name Is Mud. Movies such as Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey featured Primus in 1991. The Primus band were headlining Lollapalooza in the year 1993. In 1995 the band was hosted on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and Late Show with David Letterman. Later in 1997, Les joined forces with Tom Wait to do a recording and play the South Park theme song.
Primus has released up to 7 studio albums. Despite the group’s releases, Les has exceptional solo albums of his own that he has released. Les had several collaborations with significant artists. One such example is when Tim Alexander the drummer and Larry LaLonde the guitarist joined Les in 2003 to record Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People.
Les has been part of Duo de Twang, Colonel Claypool’s Bucket of Bernie Brains, Oysterhead, Blind Illusion, Les Claypool’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade and Sausage song releases. In addition to the music releases, in 2006, Les released a film called Electric Apricot: Quest for Festeroo. Despite his success as part of a band, Les has been triumphant with his career individually.
Les has his wine brand called Claypool Cellars which he started himself in 2007. The wine he made was initially for personal use but later it was transformed into a boutique business. The grapes they use are from the Russian River Valley. He also launched a Sea Pop soda. Les appeared as a guest with Metallica, Hank Williams III, Tom Waits, Limp Bizkit, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Gov’t Mule in various performances.
Although the band has not won any awards with the Grammys, the Grammy awards noticed the team’s impeccable skill and nominated them for three awards. Being the exceptional bassist that he is, Les has been voted as the “most unorthodox bassist of all time” and “best bassist of all time”.
What Is Les Claypool Net Worth?
Les has a net worth of $15 million. His net worth is made up of the money he made and continues to make being a musician throughout the four decades. He also receives money from being a film director and author. It is however unclear how much he makes as an author or a film director. He has thousands of monthly listeners on Spotify.
How Les Claypool Spends His Money?
He bought a house in California and calls it Rancho Relaxo. It is not known to the public how much money he spent buying the house. He does a lot of his music recording at this home. He sold his main Pachyderm on eBay at an auction for a total of $50 599. He spends an unknown amount of money on his equipment such as basses. Les also spends an undisclosed amount of money spoiling his family. He also loves travelling the world and spends money seeing the world with his family and sometimes his band.
- Les is married to Chaney Claypool and they have 2 children together.
- Les is famously known for his Cannabis use.
- He is also an avid flyfisher.
- Les appeared in a Film called Fly Fishing the World that was done in Idaho in 2004 and another one done in Quebec.
- The wines he produces have names such as Purple Pachyderm and Pink Platypus which are inspired by his music.
- At a young age, he listened to The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Rush and Chris Squire.
- Les is a designer and he used those skills to design his bass.