On episode 105, Jamie is joined by Rajiv Jayaweera to discuss his new release, Pistils, which is hot off the presses. Originally from London, Rajiv moved to Australia as a youngster and was surrounded by music from an early age. After college, he worked and toured the Australian circuit before relocating to New York to pursue every Jazz drummer's dream. After several years of composing original material and playing the NYC scene, Rajiv recorded and released his brilliant new album just last week. Rajiv and Jamie discuss his approach to writing and tracking the album, his eastern-influenced drumming, and much, much more in this informative interview.
Jon Foster is an up-and-coming young drummer currently splitting his time between Toronto and Los Angeles. He has already completed tours of North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia with a wide-range of artists including Justin Nozuka, Jeremie Albino, and Tanika Charles. He is also creating amazing drumming content on YouTube that is very helpful to all drummers. Jon is a drummer to watch over the next few years, for sure. Please enjoy getting to know more about him in this great interview.
Billy Sullivan should be a perfect example for all drummers on launching, maintaining, and growing a career in the music industry. A self-proclaimed angry kid, Billy was drawn to the drums as a way to release aggression. What he didn't know as a kid, was that his drumming would take him from his hometown of Long Island, New York to Los Angeles, where he would become highly successful in the world of film scoring. Billy's credits are far too numerous to list, but he has been a part of many highly successful films' soundtracks. On episode 103, Billy and Jamie explore his background in drumming, his move to L.A., sleeping on Steve Vai's floor, and ultimately building Cloverland Studios where he works today. Billy's story is one of persistence, determination, hard work, and a small dash of good luck. Again, his story should serve as blueprint for all musicians on what it takes to 'make it' and 'keep it' in the music world. You don't want to miss this one.
Troy Luccketta has spent the last 30-plus years manning the drum throne for Tesla. In that time, they have sold in excess of 15 million albums in the United States, toured the world countless times, and influenced scores of young musicians. On episode 102, Troy joins Jamie to discuss his early years and influences, what Tesla means to him, how dreams can come true, and how he approaches being a musical drummer. He also talks a bit about the "Troy Shows Up" program designed to reach kids in schools and offer a message of positivity and hope. Troy has always been one of the first musicians to offer his time and efforts for charitable causes and he continues giving back each and every day. Jamie grew up a huge fan of Troy, so this was a very special interview for him. Troy's story is inspirational and is sure to be a beacon for all musicians, everywhere.
On episode 101, we catch up with our old friend, David Parks, to hear about his exciting new band Resist and Bite, how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the touring industry, how things could change in the future, and how he's keeping busy during this downtime. David always has great perspective on things and always offers sound advice and a few laughs.
How did this happen? On this special 100th episode of The Drum Shuffle, Jamie interviews the four biggest musical influences in his life, his Funnel bandmates of nearly 30 years. Phil Weisenberger, Kevin Rexroat, Matt Weisenberger, and Allen Case all call in for a retrospective on their musical journey together. The guys share some early details of Jamie's drumming history, what it means to be in a band for 30 years, favorite memories of the past, and what a long, strange ride it has been. This is a special trip down memory lane for Jamie and it sheds some light on how The Drum Shuffle happened 100 episodes ago.
Patrick Muzingo grew up with a pedigree of hardcore Southern California skate culture. By his early teens he was drumming in countless punk bands, sometimes having to sit outside when he wasn't on stage because of his age. When we say punk bands, we mean bands like The Atoms, Americas Hardcore, and Decry. But his path in punk rock bands made an unlikely turn in 1986 when he joined Junkyard. Drawing comparisons to Guns N' Roses, Junkyard perfectly mixed heavy rock and blues with a hint of southern boogie music. Not exactly what you'd expect from a guy growing up on punk rock and skateboards. On episode 099, Pat joins Jamie to discuss his early years as a drummer, the formation of Junkyard, signing to Geffen Records, touring the world on a 3-piece kit, and he finally answers the question about his kit's "unique" set up. Pat and Jamie are also both Los Cabos Drumsticks artists, so there's some brotherly banter about gear as well. Pat is a fantastic drummer with loads of great stories and advice for everyone. This is one you don't want to miss.
Mark Damian is a very busy musician. He is in high demand as a drummer, producer, composer, and recording engineer. A Detroit native, he began playing the club scene at an early age making a name for himself as an outstanding drummer with tremendous work ethic. Since relocating to Los Angeles, he has expanded his portfolio to include production, television scoring, engineering, and music supervisor for national television productions. He has spent the last several years performing and producing Josie Pace as well as touring with Laith Al-Saadi. Mark is a perfect example of how drummers can expand their careers into areas other than touring and make music their full-time occupation. Mark has a ton of great insight and advice that will serve as inspiration for all musicians in every genre.