Robyn Flans Drummer Interviews

“You’re the Drum Queen” — Ringo Starr

Carlos Vega

March 24th, 2017
In this mid 80's candid phone interview with Carlos Vega, he reveals the struggle he dealt with between art and the business of music while speaking about the artists with whom he was working. He had recently gotten off the road with Simon and Garfunkel and had been in the studio with Barbra Streisand, Michael Sembello, Al Jarreau, Roberta Flack and Peabo Bryson, and Chicago.   

JOHN J.R. ROBINSON

October 10th, 2014
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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. 

1984 STUDIO ROUNDTABLE PT 3 of 4

June 16th, 2014
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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?
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1984 STUDIO ROUNDTABLE PT 2 of 4

June 10th, 2014
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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! 

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1984 STUDIO ROUNDTABLE PT 1of 4

May 21st, 2014
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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. Check out the free sample below:
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JOHN GUERIN audio interview 1999

May 18th, 2014
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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 is a 1:30 min interview with one of LA's top session men. Enjoy!
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BRUCE BECKER

April 30th, 2014
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Southern California teacher/drummer Bruce Becker is a protege of Freddie Gruber's, having studied with him for seven years. In this informative interview he talks about Gruber, what he learned from him, what makes a great teacher and some of his famous students. This interview is OTH (on the house),so ENJOY!

HAL BLAINE (Studio Legend)

April 5th, 2014
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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!
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OMAR HAKIM

March 27th, 2014
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I really enjoyed my interview with Omar Hakim where we talked about his fantastic new album We Are One, which features his incredible diversity and musicality. And we traced all of that amazing ability back to his beginnings, his influences and experiences. We get inside some of his classic tracks and he relays some great stories! This interview is OTH (on the house) so, ENJOY!

KENNY ARONOFF

March 22nd, 2014
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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! 
 
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LA STUDIO DRUMMERS ROUNDTABLE 4 of 4

March 20th, 2014
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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.

 

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LA STUDIO ROUNDTABLE PT 3 of 4

February 26th, 2014
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Roundtable Part 3 everyone! Talking sessions highs and lows, burn-out, relevance...lots of good stuff with our legends!

LA STUDIO ROUNDTABLE PT 2 of 4

February 7th, 2014
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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. There's some technique
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LA STUDIO DRUMMERS ROUNDTABLE PT 1 of 4

February 3rd, 2014
Well, thanks to my partner in crime, Ed Eblen, who so painstakingly spent hours and hours of technical work transferring the analog to digital, we now have Part 1 of the Roundtable everyone has been awaiting! 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. Listening to this again reminds me exactly why you've all been nagging me for this (Chris Brady!). 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. More to come...

RINGO STARR PT 2

February 1st, 2014
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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!

 


STEVE GADD (Video) INTERVIEW

October 19th, 2013
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? 

TONY WILLIAMS

October 18th, 2013

Tony Williams  talks with Robyn about being a bandleader, TW's Lifetime, and being on his own since 1969! Amazing story by a truly amazing and "one of a kind" drummer! Interview is 55 minutes!

BILLY COBHAM - Business 101

September 19th, 2013

 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!

JEFF PORCARO 1983 PT 2

September 9th, 2013

This is the 1983 pt2 Jeff Porcaro interview.Iif you don't have this interview yet... Get It!

LOUIE BELLSON

September 3rd, 2013

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!