Shawn Pelton hardly needs an introduction in the drumming community. Having recording credits as diverse as Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Pink, Sheryl Crow, Van Morrison, and Pavarotti, it goes without saying that he is an in-demand session drummer with nearly unmatched versatility. Shawn may be best-known as the drummer on Saturday Night Live since 1992; however, that is only a small part of his drumming career. On episode 066, Shawn and Jamie discuss his early years in Kansas, his college years at Indiana University, and his move to New York where his career went into overdrive and hasn't slowed since. They also discuss many of the incredible gigs that Shawn has played including The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony among many, many others. Shawn is one of the coolest cats in the music business and seems to be everywhere all the time. He is simply groove personified and offers a ton of great information in one of his rare interviews.
Rob Mount started drumming at an early age in his hometown of Rochester, New York. When he reached early adulthood, he set out to be a professional musician. After a couple of early trials in the music business, his story almost had a different outcome. After those letdowns, he took a break from drumming and the music business, but he remained prepared for opportunities that would surely come his way. And, they certainly did. After doing a couple of pick up gigs for Rochester's hometown hero, Lou Gramm, it wasn't long before Lou asked Rob to join his band full-time. On episode 065, Rob joins Jamie to discuss how he got his start, the times that he was down but not out, and how staying ready paid off for him with a once-in-a-lifetime gig. Rob is one of the most down-to-earth "real" guys in the music business that is eager to help other drummers. Be sure to listen to this great interview to hear Rob's awesome story.
Innovative. This word is heard and read constantly in the drum industry. A lot of the time, it is marketing hype. Josh Allen founded Independent Drum Lab in 2015 and got down to innovating. Inde Drums have a ton of hype within the drumming world, and it is not just marketing. Josh is a brilliant product designer, but he is a drummer first. On episode 064, Josh sits down with Jamie to discuss how Inde was founded, the guiding principles of the company, and he explains some of the great innovations that Inde has brought to the market. Josh has tons of experience designing products for some major drum brands and he is now at the helm of his own company, innovating. Be sure to catch this outstanding episode about a fast-rising company in the drumming world.
Peter Kogan has played in the Orchestras of Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Honolulu, and currently, Minnesota. With that much orchestral and classical experience you wouldn't immediately expect a new album of exceptional jazz songs. However that is exactly what Peter has just released on The Green Album. He has assembled a tremendous group of musicians, The Monsterful Wonderband, for his self-led new release. On episode 063, Peter and Jamie discuss his early years of drumming, which includes gigs with Bo Diddley, Lightning Hopkins, and The Drifters, his travels around the world playing in various orchestras, and how The Green Album came to be. Peter is an absolute wealth of knowledge in the drumming and percussion worlds and he shares much of that knowledge in this great interview.
Kevin Charney has worn many different hats within the world of drumming. Growing up as a second-generation drummer in Scranton, Pennsylvania, he started out like many other drummers playing in various bands in his hometown. Over the years, he has worked for retail drum shops, backline rental companies, and has recorded and toured extensively throughout his career. Kevin is also an avid vintage drum lover and collector. On Episode 062, Kevin and Jamie discuss his current gig with Jesse Dayton, working in backline gear, and his collection of vintage drums. Kevin is a certified good human and the laughs come quickly and easily in this great interview.
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.