Robyn Flans is a legendary journalist and author in the world of drumming. She started writing for Modern Drummer in 1977 and had countless cover stories and interviews with THE legends of our chosen instrument. On episode 118, Robyn and Jamie discuss her career and go in-depth on her new book, It's About Time: Jeff Porcaro, The Man and His Music. Robyn's history and friendship with Jeff and the entire Porcaro family goes back decades and this book is the most revealing and deepest biography on his legendary career to-date. Jeff Porcaro is one of the most-recorded drummers in history and his discography covers a full thirty pages in the book. Wow! Robyn has covered his entire life and thoroughly recounted his career with dozens of first-hand interviews in this amazing book. It certainly belongs in the library of any serious musician. A million thanks to Robyn for so openly sharing her story with The Drum Shuffle.
Blair Sinta joins Jamie on episode 117 to discuss his career as an in-demand drummer. A graduate of the University of North Texas, Blair moved to L.A. in the mid-90s to begin working as a musician. After landing a tour with Alanis Morissette, his career blossomed to include credits with Annie Lennox, Gwen Stefani, Chris Cornell, John Fogerty, and so many more. Blair built his own studio and is consistently busy creating tracks for artists from around the world. He also teaches and has a great educational video series, Sticks and Wires, where he shares his deep knowledge and skills. He also recently created his own collection for the ever-popular Loop Loft software for home studio use. This is a wide-ranging interview that is full of great knowledge and information for all musicians, especially those that spend any time in the studio.
On episode 116, Jamie is joined once again by the great Joe McCarthy for an extensive conversation on drumming education. Joe has developed a new educational program for drummers called "BASIC Training." As the principal percussionist for the US Naval Academy for many years, Joe's passion for teaching is undeniable and the name is so fitting. Joe is an incredible drummer and educator and he talks openly in this interview about the type of study that will make good drummers into great drummers.
On episode 115, we welcome back Dafnis Prieto to talk about his new sextet release, Transparency. Dafnis is composing and creating some of the most mind-bending music available in the world today and this new release is no exception to that. Not only is Dafnis a Grammy-winning composer and drummer, he is also a world-class educator and a sincerely great human being. As always, he offers a ton of great information and advice in this in-depth interview.
Patrick Ferguson has seen plenty in his years of drumming. Having toured with the Athens, Georgia band Five Eight 200 nights a year between 1989 and 1998, taking "a 9-year long weekend" and returning in 2007, he's a seasoned road warrior. He also spent some time playing with the Psychedelic Furs and Mike Mills of R.E.M. Like many musicians, Patrick had struggles with substance abuse, anxiety, and depression. He now finds himself helping others through his amazing podcast, "Crash and Ride", that deals with those issues in the music industry. On episode 114, Patrick and Jamie have an epic "drum hang" discussing his career, his podcast, their mutual addiction to snare drums, the stigmas of being from the south, and the need for a kennel dedicated to dairy cows...Don't ask...This is a super-entertaining interview with a superb musician and human.
On episode 113, Jamie is joined by the great Rudy Royston to discuss his new solo album, Panoptic, his decision to donate all proceeds from the sale of the album to the Musicares COVID-19 Relief Fund, his background in the Denver, Colorado music scene, his move to New York, and chasing a career in the arts. Rudy has a very realistic and fresh approach to music; and to life in general that shines through in everything he does. This interview is full of great tips, advice, and knowledge that is sure to help everyone chasing their artistic dreams help those dreams become reality.
Danny Gottlieb has a drumming career that most musicians could only dream of. Danny studied with Mel Lewis and Joe Morello, played with the Pat Metheny Group, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Elements, The Gil Evans Orchestra, The Blues Brothers Band, and The Lt. Dan Band, has authored several books, and continues to be one of the great drum teachers in the United States. On episode 112, Danny stops in to discuss his new release with Mark Egan, Electric Blue, and ends up letting Jamie talk to him about his entire career in a wide-ranging and in-depth interview. Danny is one of the nicest guys in the business and shares so many great stories and freely provides wonderful advice in this fantastic conversation.
Dude! On episode 111, Jamie is joined by the phenomenal Harry Miree to discuss his path to becoming one of Nashville's busiest session drummers, touring 160 days per year, and having a YouTube channel with millions of views. Harry is an open book sharing his love for drumming and explaining his approach to his extremely busy career. He is truly one of the wittiest and hilarious guys you'll ever meet and he does not disappoint in this wide-ranging and in-depth conversation. You do not want to miss this episode. Dude!
On episode 110, Marc Pisapia joins Jamie for an in-depth conversation on his career as an in-demand, first-call drummer. Marc's discography includes albums with k.d. lang, Kelly Willis, Chuck Prophet, David Mead, and Josh Rouse. Marc provides great insight and advice on having a successful career as a drummer in an ultra-competitive industry.
Brian Setzer, Five For Fighting, The BoDeans, and The Honey Dogs are all names on Noah Levy's impressive drumming resume. On episode 109, Noah joins Jamie for an in-depth conversation about his career, adapting to new musical situations, and how he has stayed busy for the last 20-plus years. The entire interview is full of great advice and tips for working musicians and Noah's humor and kindness are on full display for the drumming community.
Michael Bland is a drummer's drummer. He has been playing professionally since his teens. During one of his early gigs, Prince stopped in and was so blown away, he offered Michael a job before he was old enough to legally purchase a beer. Let that sink in. Since those days, Michael has played with countless artists and for the past few years he has been a member of Soul Asylum. On episode 108, Michael joins Jamie to discuss his early years, his time with the legendary Prince, and the current state of the music industry and society. This is a fantastic interview with a superb drummer and human being.
Our good friend, Kevin Charney, stops by to give us a quick update on what's going on in his life and to tell us about his new radio show, Supertwang, on Gimme Country. We talk about the shutdown of the music and arts industry, building drums during the pandemic, and almost everything else that comes to mind. This episode is a typical "hang" that occurs all the time between drummers. Listen in as Kevin and Jamie talk about life and learn more about Kevin's awesome new radio show.
On Episode 107, Jamie is joined by Dave Kirby of The Belfast Cowboys to discuss his drumming throughout the years. Dave is a native of Minnesota and grew up in a musical family. Like many working musicians, early in his career Dave was forced to choose between a "regular job" and chasing his musical dreams. Dave is one of the few that managed to be extremely successful in both the business world and the musical world. In this episode Dave helps us explore how to create a balance between those two worlds and shares some great advice for everyone.
Shirazette Tinnin grew up in North Carolina and started drumming at a young age. She honed her early musical chops at church and in her public school system. A proud graduate of Appalachian State University, she now resides in New York and continues making waves in the NYC jazz scene. Her new album, Sonic Wallpaper Vol 1, The Cards That Life Can Deal showcases her drumming, composing, and arranging chops. On episode 106, Shirazette joins Jamie to discuss her drumming education, influences, and stories that inspired Sonic Wallpaper...She is a rising star in the jazz scene for good reason. She is a brilliant young drummer that everyone should know.
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.