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.
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!
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.
More incredible L.A. studio roundtable to hear...lots of good producer stories, the great insane Bee Gees story that Jeff tells and the very funny story of Jeff and Mike's art on their heads.
For those who don't recall, it was Jeff Porcaro, whose contagious laugh will get you laughing, Vinnie Colaiuta, who has another great laugh to be sure, Jim Keltner, Harvey Mason, Mike Baird, Denny Fongheiser and Steve Schaeffer who arrived a little late to my home in Reseda, CA in 1990. Wait 'til you actually hear this...all the laughter and carrying on. I almost feel guilty that I got to be there. I am so happy to share this with you.
We thought in celebration of how the Beatles changed our lives 50 Years ago, we'd release another piece of my first Ringo Starr interview. If you haven't downloaded part one, you should. During Ringo's interview with Max Weinberg for his book The Big Beat, Ringo told him the interview he had done with me was the best interview he had ever done. I was very grateful that Max called me to share that with me and while Ringo may not remember that today, I will never forget that! This was done poolside at his Beverly Hills home with Barbara's kids playing in the pool. He talked about life before and after Beatles in a serious kind of interview that he no longer does!
Robyn talks to Dr.Steve Gadd about his current project Gaddittudes and how things have changed in the business of music. Steve talks about his musical education and his current touring schedule. Lots of great stuff here...pardon the pun. Isn't it time to see the Doctor?
This is NOT your typical drummer interview. As a matter of fact, Billy Cobham is talking about being a leader, booking tours for the band, cost of touring, booking agents, and how to make money in the Business of music. The bell has rung and class is about to begin...get to your seat!
This is part 2 from the 1983 interview where Jeff talks about the making of Toto IV
This is just part one of a great first interview I did with Louie Bellson that was the beginning of a great 30 year friendship with this generous, kind, amazing man who was an innovator, educator and entertainer. Done at his house in Northridge as I recall in 1985. You'll hear the story about the unknown kid he brought up at one of his clinics who turned out to be one of the biggest drummers of all time!
What do Steely Dan, the Jacksons, Barry White, Tori Amos, Clint Black, Donna Summer, England Dan and John Ford Coley, Percy Sledge, Captain and Tennille, Glen Campbell and Smokey Robinson have in common? ED GREENE!
Hi everyone. Here is the first 45 minutes of my first 1982 Vinnie Colaiuta interview. I think you will be very happy as our conversation was so long that I'm pretty sure it was heavily edited in the print version. adult language content!
The long awaited part two of the sound stage interview where Jeff breaks down some of his most notable tracks, song structure and influences and so much more...
June of 1981 was the first time I sat down with Ringo Starr in what I believe was a Beverly Hills rental. We did the interview poolside and you'll hear lovely Barbara Bach who was watching her kids jumping in the pool and a little interchange between them
LARRIE LONDIN pt 1 This is back in 1985 so there were things like Simmons drums on a Merle Haggard track
The one and only JEFF PORCARO! This is from 1983 around the time of ToTo IV. As a matter of fact after interview Jeff was going to the studio to put percussion on the MEGA hit AFRICA.
This interview with Levon Helm is a must have for musicians and music lovers alike. This interview was done in Levon's kitchen at his Woodstock home in NY
Michael Jackson's drummer Jonathan Moffett