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.
There isn’t anyone who knows anything about the Beatles
who doesn’t know who Pete Best is.
From his first big break in 1976 with Jean-Luc Ponty, followed by Gino Vannelli's "Brother to Brother" and his work with Jethro Tull in 1980, Mark Craney left an indelible mark.
In 1978 I sat down to do a rare interview with Bobby Colomby, the drummer of Blood, Sweat and Tears who along with Danny Seraphine of Chicago is known as the first two to combine jazz and rock music. Colomby's "Spinning Wheel," "God Bless the Child" and "You've Made me so Very Happy" was touted for its innovative drumming, but Colomby didn't remain in the band (although he owns the name) and chose the business side of music instead.
When Randy Castillo died at 51 years old, it was almost impossible to believe that the musical force who had worked with Lita Ford, Ozzy and Motley Crüe had passed away. Randy was not only a wonderful drummer, he was smart and someone people liked to be around. For those who knew Randy, I think you'll enjoy reminiscing with him in this interview. Those who didn't, I think you'll really enjoy getting to know him.
In November, 1980 I had the incredible opportunity to go down to Muscle Shoals to interview Roger Hawkins at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio where I got to hang out with him and the rest of the incredible rhythm section, David Hood, Jimmy Johnson and Barry Beckett. One of the fun stories is that one night we all drove up to the Tennessee state line to a club just to have some drinks...I couldn’t believe that we had to go to another state to get a drink! Being there was something I will never forget and somehow it felt like I was in the presence of magic.
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!
I guarantee that this 1981 interview with Stewart Copeland is one of the most in-depth interviews he's ever done. We go back to his beginnings growing up in the Middle East through his formal training, explore his innovative equipment and definitely have a most interesting exchange.
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!
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.
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!
He's back! Yes,Rick Marotta pt 2 is a must listen. Some of the highlights: The Yoko Ono tour, Double drumming with his longtime friend Steve Gadd..Rick also has an interesting story about the infamous Gadd Lick! You must get this interview
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!
Hello Vinnie fans, here is pt 3 of the VC interview. It's a continuation of the 1982 interview where he was pretty much just breaking into the session scene and talks about discovering electronics, the bass players he was working with and what makes a positive session
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