Dan Aran grew up in Israel listening to the great record collection of his mother. Once Dan began drumming, he made several trips to the United States before eventually moving to New York permanently. Once he planted his roots there, he got extremely busy drumming in numerous musical situations. Dan has just stepped out as a bandleader with the remarkable release New York Family. On episode 061, Dan joins Jamie to discuss his career from beginning to current day, the new release, and he offers a brilliant perspective on the world of jazz and drumming in general. Dan is certainly making waves and is one of the hot young guns in the world of Jazz.
Jack Bruno has a resume that most drummers can only dream of. Having played with Peter Frampton, Tina Turner, and Joe Cocker, Jack has some serious firepower associated with his drumming. These days he is a member of Delbert McClinton's band and they are currently out on the road doing what they do best. On episode 060, Jack tells Jamie about his early days outside of Boston, starting off as a drummer, and his move to Los Angeles that started his career in the music business. Jack has logged millions of miles on tour, played in front of millions, and offers a very open and honest recollection of his amazing career.
Jerry Roe has literally been drumming his entire life. Given his first drum set at 18 months old, he doesn't have any memories of life before drumming. Jerry comes from a very talented musical family and started playing the Nashville bars by age 11. On episode 059, Jerry sits down with Jamie to discuss his early start, his long list of studio credits, and his awesome band, Friendship Commanders. Equally comfortable playing tender Americana ballads as well as pounding sludge-metal, Jerry is a case study in versatility. His playing is always tasteful and amazing. Jerry offers up tons of great knowledge and inspiration in this great interview.
Mark Poiesz grew up in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania and remembers the exact day he decided to become a drummer. That journey has routed him through the University of Miami, several high-profile touring gigs, and eventually landed him in Nashville. Currently on the road with Tyler Farr, Mark has consistently stayed busy working with many great artists and has continued pursuing his dreams. Mark is a true student of music and all things drumming. On episode 058, he discusses his personal story in detail and talks about what comes next after achieving milestone goals. Mark is a phenomenal drummer with lots of knowledge to share and is truly one of the nice guys in the drumming community.
Chris DiGirolamo is the founder and president of Two For The Show Media, a premiere New York public relations firm for musicians. Chris is a drummer first and foremost having started playing at a very early age. After attending Berklee College of Music, he worked in the New York studio scene getting to know the major players of the time. Thirteen years ago, almost purely by accident, he received a call asking him to do some publicity work and his company was born. Having worked with greats such as Peter Erskine, Simon Phillips, and Steve Gadd, his services are highly in-demand by musicians from around the world. On episode 057, Chris discusses everything you've always wanted to know about publicity, getting your music heard, and most importantly, talked about in the press. Chris' knowledge and expertise is invaluable to everyone seeking to get the word out about their art.
Mike Johnston is one of the premier drum educators in the world. Even while touring the world with his band, his passion for teaching was always at the forefront for him. After realizing that being on the road in a rock band wasn't the right musical path for him, he went back to teaching others the art of drumming. Once he reached total capacity with students, he realized that the internet held the key to allow true scale to teach tens of thousands of drummers. His idea was to create "iTunes for drummers" and Mikeslessons.com was born. Mike taught himself graphic design, video production, web development and all the skills he needed to accomplish his dream. In this great interview, Mike is extremely forthcoming and open about how his teaching empire went from an idea to the phenomenon that it is today. Unquestionably, Mike has had an enormous impact on drumming in general and countless drummers around the world. Mike is always inspirational and uplifting and this interview is no exception. Do not miss this episode.
Jay Tooke's drumming is generating some serious buzz on the new album by The Steel Woods. Old News is the perfect blend of sensitive, artful balladry and pure rock bombast by our guest this week. Jay grew up north of the border in a small Canada town learning to play drums at an early age. Like many drummers, he played in lots of bands and paid his dues in the clubs and bars there. Once he relocated to Nashville, things got busy in a hurry for Jay and his drumming. On episode 055, Jay recalls his early years as a drummer, making the move to Nashville, joining The Steel Woods and shares great insight into the recording of their brilliant new album. Jay offers tons of great stories and knowledge that will inspire and assist musicians in this great interview.
Red Sun Rising is a band to watch very closely. Loudwire calls RSR "one of the next big bands in rock." Part of their success is undoubtedly the drumming of Pat Gerasia. Pat's playing on Red Sun Rising's latest disc, Thread, is both powerful and soulful. On episode 054, Jamie caught Pat just after the year of 2018's touring ended for the band and just before the holidays. Pat discusses how he got started as a drummer, what a day in the life on the road is like for RSR, and what 2019 has in store for this promising band. He also shares how a chance encounter at a Guitar Center put him on the journey of becoming a member of Red Sun Rising. Pat is a drummer that everyone should know about. He is a student of the instrument and his ability is propelling a great young band that is bound for stardom.