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Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz drummer for (Weird Al) asked if he could interview me. This is the result. Hope you enjoy!
So great to see Jerry Marotta after many, many years. He has a wonderful new album out with Flav Martin called Soul Redemption.You should check it out!
My NAMM 2018 interview with Danny Seraphine!
Nicko McBrain announced Nicko McBrain's Drum 1. Nicko is not only the drumming icon from Iron Maiden, but is branching out a bit into the world of Drum Shop owner! Here's the video!
Had a great time interviewing Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz as he was about to embark on a Weird Al tour. Check this out!
Great interview with Paul Wertico and chock full of info. Paul has a revolutionary new book out called Turn the Beat Around and he discusses the concept, along with his 6th CD with Wertico, Cain and Gray. Paul is one of those guys who has so much knowledge to impart...which I guess is why he's an Associate Professor of Jazz Studies at Roosevelt University in Chicago...take a listen.
So happy to have David Garibaldi here with us talking about being back with Tower of Power after his horrendous accident and his journey back to health and wellness.
In this mid 80's candid phone interview with Carlos Vega, he reveals the struggle he dealt with between art and the business of music while speaking about the artists with whom he was working. He had recently gotten off the road with Simon and Garfunkel and had been in the studio with Barbra Streisand, Michael Sembello, Al Jarreau, Roberta Flack and Peabo Bryson, and Chicago.
You will enjoy this 1992 interview with Tonight Show drummer Ed Shaughnessy. Packed with stories and even a lesson...
There isn’t anyone who knows anything about the Beatles
who doesn’t know who Pete Best is.
From his first big break in 1976 with Jean-Luc Ponty, followed by Gino Vannelli's "Brother to Brother" and his work with Jethro Tull in 1980, Mark Craney left an indelible mark.
Interview with Michael Shrieve about the recent Santana reunion.
Hi John Wackerman fans! Here is the interview that I did yesterday with John. I'm not going to say much because you can hear it all right here. BTW, His NEW DVD is shipping as we speak and you can pick up a copy at Drum Channel, Guitar Center and Amazon.com. John is an amazing drummer, composer and Artist. I was blown away by this DVD and you Must add it to your collection!
I think everyone will enjoy this engaging, in-depth interview with John J.R. Robinson that traces his beginnings in Iowa all the way up to his recent recording with Daft Punk. We cover his schooling at Berklee, beginnings with Rufus and Chaka, his work with the Academy Awards, Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand, the not so easy sessions and the highlights of his career. Academy Awards, Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand, the not so easy sessions and the highlights of his career.
In 1978 I sat down to do a rare interview with Bobby Colomby, the drummer of Blood, Sweat and Tears who along with Danny Seraphine of Chicago is known as the first two to combine jazz and rock music. Colomby's "Spinning Wheel," "God Bless the Child" and "You've Made me so Very Happy" was touted for its innovative drumming, but Colomby didn't remain in the band (although he owns the name) and chose the business side of music instead.
When Randy Castillo died at 51 years old, it was almost impossible to believe that the musical force who had worked with Lita Ford, Ozzy and Motley Crüe had passed away. Randy was not only a wonderful drummer, he was smart and someone people liked to be around. For those who knew Randy, I think you'll enjoy reminiscing with him in this interview. Those who didn't, I think you'll really enjoy getting to know him.
In November, 1980 I had the incredible opportunity to go down to Muscle Shoals to interview Roger Hawkins at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio where I got to hang out with him and the rest of the incredible rhythm section, David Hood, Jimmy Johnson and Barry Beckett. One of the fun stories is that one night we all drove up to the Tennessee state line to a club just to have some drinks...I couldn’t believe that we had to go to another state to get a drink! Being there was something I will never forget and somehow it felt like I was in the presence of magic.
The next time the round table convened, it was a slightly different group: Keltner, Krampf, Colaiuta, Porcaro and Marotta. You'll hear the radio on in the background...it seems to me someone or two asked for some sports game to stay on, so that's annoying. Who knew 20 years later I would be sharing these with the public?
In this portion of the 1984 round table with Keltner, Blaine, Colaiuta, Krampf, and Manne, more great studio stories. Shelly talks about working with Zappa, Keltner talks about the track "Sweet Dreams" by the Eurythmics. Hal talks about the beginnings of the disco hi-hat, they talk about being mistreated in the studio and much more.
In this first part of the 1984 L.A. Studio round table, the amazing drummers who convened at my apartment that day were Shelly Manne, Hal Blaine, Jim Keltner, Vinnie Colaiuta and Craig Krampf. Later that month we had part two at which Hal and Shelly couldn't make it, but Jeff Porcaro and Rick Marotta could. These conversations are priceless and being able to listen to them all these years later makes it an entirely different experience.
What can I say about John Guerin?...A WHOLE LOT! Most of you already know about his incredible work with Joni Mitchell, Frank Sinatra, Frank Zappa and as a founding member of LA Express!
Southern California teacher/drummer Bruce Becker is a protege of Freddie Gruber's, having studied with him for seven years. In this informative interview he talks about Gruber, what he learned from him, what makes a great teacher and some of his famous students. This interview is OTH (on the house),so ENJOY!
I guarantee that this 1981 interview with Stewart Copeland is one of the most in-depth interviews he's ever done. We go back to his beginnings growing up in the Middle East through his formal training, explore his innovative equipment and definitely have a most interesting exchange.
This classic Hal Blaine interview from the '80s is nearly two hours long and there isn't anything we don't talk about from his early days from Tommy Sands to Phil Spector and the "Wall of Sound." A lot of history and an abundance of knowledge here!
Kenny talked about the meticulous way in which he works, favorite sessions, his new studio and staying motivated. Kenny's just one of those people whose energy is contagious, so this interview will undoubtedly pump you up!
Well, this is the fourth and final part to the studio roundtable and listening to it never ceases to amaze me how privileged I was to be in that room with those guys! The crazy thing I realized is the day went long and each time I would ask if there was something else they wanted to talk about, they'd discover another topic...these guys didn't want to leave. They were not looking for an escape route, or an excuse to leave. They were having such a good time just being together and having an exchange about equipment, the Union, sessions...the good, bad and the ugly. So much fun and such a great memory in my life and now I get to share it with all of you.