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89 minutes | Dec 21, 2020
Ep.18 – Zack Albetta (Part 1): Dealing With Downtime
Today, Brian talks with freelance drummer, private lesson instructor, and podcast host Zack Albetta. Throughout his 20-year career in many musical roles, Zack has built a reputation as a versatile and tasteful craftsman behind the drums. He has called Atlanta home since 2016 after productive years in Kansas City and Los Angeles. Zack currently maintains a busy and rewarding performance schedule with some of the Southeast’s best talent including Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics, Delta Moon, The Emerald Empire Band, and The ATL Collective. Zack is the co-host of Working Drummer Podcast, and has written for PercussiveNotes, OnlineDrummer.com, and DrummersResource.com. He is an artist endorser for Sakae Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Aquarian Drumheads, and Vater Drumsticks. In this episode, originally recorded during the second week of April 2020, Brian & Zack talk about life after a month in the COVID lockdown They discuss: The current state of the live music side of their income stackHow teaching private lessons has changed in the virtual education spaceWhat Zack has done to outfit himself with a working home studio and how he’s leveraging social media to generate heightened awareness of his drumming.Plans for the future should the COVID pandemic last longer than currently anticipated. Next week, we will catch up with Zack and see how things have developed over the last 8 months. If you have any questions you’d like to ask Zack, please email them to DialADrummer@gmail.com and we’ll read them on the next episode. Follow Zack online at:Website – www.ZackAlbetta.comPodcast – www.WorkingDrummer.netInstagram – instagram.com/zack.albetta This episode is sponsored by Session Ace: Remarkable Tools For Musical Craftsmen. Check out their complete line of in-ear monitors, studio microphones, high fidelity earplugs, cymbal cleaner, and other assorted gig tools specifically designed for musicians!! Find everything at https://SessionAce.com The post Ep.18 – Zack Albetta (Part 1): Dealing With Downtime appeared first on Dial-A-Drummer Podcast.
49 minutes | Oct 1, 2020
Ep. 17: Being and Doing – Who Are You Now?
NOTE: THERE IS NO VIDEO FOR THIS EPISODE Brian returns after a 6 month hiatus to talk about where he’s been, what he’s been doing and what sort of revelations he has had over the course of this pandemic. There is no intro music, no advertisers, and no frills in this episode. Just a deep discussion about what it means to be and what happens when you do your work, create your art, and do those other things that truly make you “YOU”. The post Ep. 17: Being and Doing – Who Are You Now? appeared first on Dial-A-Drummer Podcast.
53 minutes | Apr 2, 2020
Ep. 16C: Coronavirus – Music Industry In Crisis: PART 3
Coronavirus: Music Industry In Crisis – PART 3 “What You Should AVOID During Lock-Down” Along with being out of work, most musicians, audio engineers, music producers, and the assorted types of staffers that support these music industry professionals all over the globe are also on physical lockdown from the rest of the world during this Coronavirus epidemic. Like the old saying goes, ‘An idle mind is the Devil’s playhouse’. In this episode, Brian talks about several things to AVOID during this period of lockdown. Instead of being distracted, checked out, or depressed, he gives you some alternatives that will keep you motivated, cheerful, focused, and in a Growth Mode. If you need something to take your mind off of things for a while, check out past episodes of his Fader Jocks (FaderJocks.com) and Dial-A-Drummer (DialADrummer.net) podcasts. If you have questions or need an ear for your concerns, feel free to email Brian at Brian@BrianStephens.com. *Recorded and Filmed at: Secret Cove Studios Music provided courtesy of Epidemic Sound VISIT OUR SPONSOR –– Session Ace: https://SessionAce.com/faderjocks** Use the Promo Code FADERJOCKS when you check out to receive 10% OFF your entire order!! The post Ep. 16C: Coronavirus – Music Industry In Crisis: PART 3 appeared first on Dial-A-Drummer Podcast.
53 minutes | Mar 25, 2020
Ep. 16B: Coronavirus – Music Industry In Crisis: PART 2
Coronavirus: Music Industry In Crisis – PART 2 “Who Do I Make A Living NOW?!” Scores of musicians, audio engineers, music producers, and the assorted types of staffers that support these music industry professionals all over the globe have suddenly found themselves out-of-work due to the Coronavirus epidemic. Since the vast majority of them are members of the “gig economy”, there is no corporation or company that will be taking care of them during this time or ensuring that each person continues to receive an income so that they can pay for rent / mortgage, utilities, groceries, and other essentials during this crisis. So, it has fallen upon each individual to find ways to replace that lost income by brainstorming to discover, build, or divine new methods of making money utilizing whatever knowledge, skills, and resources that he / she has on-hand currently. In this episode, Brian goes through some of the ideas that he has come up with to try and replace some of his lost income. Additionally, he gives you some questions that you can ask yourself which might help you uncover new ways to make money during this time. Ultimately, the hope of this episode is to help you find a way to avoid or minimize the devastating effects that a global event like this will have on your life and income in the future. If you need something to take your mind off of things for a while, check out past episodes of his Fader Jocks (FaderJocks.com) and Dial-A-Drummer (DialADrummer.net) podcasts. If you have questions or need an ear for your concerns, feel free to email Brian at Brian@BrianStephens.com. *Recorded and Filmed at: Secret Cove Studios Music provided courtesy of Epidemic Sound VISIT OUR SPONSOR –– Session Ace: https://SessionAce.com/faderjocks** Use the Promo Code FADERJOCKS when you check out to receive 10% OFF your entire order!! The post Ep. 16B: Coronavirus – Music Industry In Crisis: PART 2 appeared first on Dial-A-Drummer Podcast.
52 minutes | Mar 23, 2020
Ep.16A: Coronavirus – Music Industry In Crisis: PART 1
Coronavirus: Music Industry In Crisis – PART 1 “What Do You Do With All This *Free Time*” For hundreds of thousands of musicians, audio engineers, producers, and scores of music industry support staff, the world has come to a screeching halt. For the vast majority of them, being out-of-work means not receiving a paycheck of any sort. Even for musicians who are members of the AFM (musicians’ union), there is apparently no help coming to save them from a global economic crisis that is in full effect at this very moment. No one is immune to the effects that the coronavirus is having on the music industry and the world at large. Over the course of three podcasts, Brian Stephens talks candidly about the struggles he is having during this time and offers up some of the ideas & solutions he is pursuing in an attempt to salvage his business and maintain his sanity. Here in Part 1, Brian offers some strategies for utilizing this new, possibly unwanted, “free time” that help you maintain your creative flow, take care of the life that is going on immediately around you, stay connected to friends and colleagues, and plan for what comes next in a world that will never be the same after this crisis is resolved. If you need something to take your mind off of things for a while, check out past episodes of his Fader Jocks (FaderJocks.com) and Dial-A-Drummer (DialADrummer.net) podcasts. If you have questions or need an ear for your concerns, feel free to email Brian at Brian@BrianStephens.com. VISIT OUR SPONSOR –– Session Ace: https://SessionAce.com/faderjocks** Use the Promo Code FADERJOCKS when you check out to receive 10% OFF your entire order!! The post Ep.16A: Coronavirus – Music Industry In Crisis: PART 1 appeared first on Dial-A-Drummer Podcast.
72 minutes | Apr 1, 2019
Ep.15: Rich Redmond – Drummer for Jason Aldean
Today’s guest has been on the covers of every major, global drumming publication. He has been voted “Country Drummer of the Year” in 2016, 2017, AND 2018 by Modern Drummer Magazine. This guy has played on 23 #1 hit songs and currently tours the world with the Academy of Country Music’s “Artist of the Decade”, Jason Aldean. If you have not already guessed, our special quest is Rich Redmond. Rich has appeared many times on TV shows shows like: The Voice, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, Conan, Jimmy Fallon, The Jimmy Kimmel Show, Craig Ferguson, Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Michael and Kelly Show, Ellen, Saturday Night Live, Austin City Limits, The CMA Awards, The ACM Awards, The CMT Awards, The ACA Awards, numerous GAC and CMT Specials, and of course, The Grammy Awards. He has his own signature Promark drumstick, his own Prologix signature practice pad, and his very own DW signature bass drum beater. Rich also has produced his own 6.5 hour-long drum instructional package called “Drumming In The Modern World“. He is a clinician, motivational speaker, actor, and so much more! Piggybacking on our last episode on “Multiple Income Streams“, we talk with Rich about his wide and varied career. We also dive deep on personal branding and how you can grow your own business as a working professional drummer at the highest levels of the music industry. We also get to a few listener / viewer questions and find some new “whitespace” to cover that you may not have heard or read in any other Rich Redmond Interview. This episode is sponsored by Session Ace: Remarkable Tools For Musical Craftsmen. Check out their complete line of in-ear monitors, high fidelity earplugs, cymbal cleaner, and assorted gig tools specifically designed for musicians!! Find everything at https://SessionAce.com The post Ep.15: Rich Redmond – Drummer for Jason Aldean appeared first on Dial-A-Drummer Podcast.
67 minutes | Feb 23, 2019
Ep.14: Income Streams for Drummers
Today, Brian Stephens & Shannon Kori pull back the curtain on their own careers as professional musicians to give you an idea of how they currently make a living utilizing drumming and music. This hour-long episode is a masterclass in music business & multiple income streams from two guys who have spent more than 20 years as career creative pros. BRAINSTORMING EXERCISE:1. What opportunities do I have presenting themselves to me?2. What product or service needs do I see around me every day?3. What do I need? / How can I scratch my own itch?4. What am I currently good at? How many people need that today?5. What will people actually pay me money for / to do for them? LINKS: – Shannon’s Current Band: https://www.bookece.com/artist/big-ci… – Brian’s Studio: http://secretcovestudios.com/ – Brian’s New Musician-centric Company: https://SessionAce.com After you’re done with this episode, leave a question below or let us about one of your own unique music-related income streams! This episode is sponsored by Session Ace: Remarkable Tools For Musical Craftsmen. Check out their complete line of in-ear monitors, high fidelity earplugs, cymbal cleaner, and assorted gig tools specifically designed for musicians!! Find everything at https://SessionAce.com The post Ep.14: Income Streams for Drummers appeared first on Dial-A-Drummer Podcast.
104 minutes | Jan 6, 2019
Ep.13 – Drum Gear Geeks: The Equipment We Use & Why
This episode is the closest thing to having lunch with Brian & Shannon (minus cameras & microphones). The guys talk about the drums, cymbals, drum heads, and other gear that they love and use every day on gigs and recording sessions. Where it’s Gretsch drums, Trick pedals (and drums), Paiste or Sabian cymbals, Aquarian heads, Session Ace in-ear monitors, or any of the other drum tools mentioned, hang out with us and hear why they love their drum gear & how they use it. After you’re done with this episode, leave a comment below and tell us what drum gear you love most and WHY! We’d love to have you give us the heads up on something we may not know about! This episode is sponsored by Session Ace: Remarkable Tools For Musical Craftsmen (SessionAce.com). Check out their complete line of in-ear monitors and assorted gig tools specifically designed for musicians!! CHECK IT OUT:Pick up a set of the new Session Ace EST Universal Fit In-Ear Monitors at http://DialADrummer.net/EST for only $124.99! The post Ep.13 – Drum Gear Geeks: The Equipment We Use & Why appeared first on Dial-A-Drummer Podcast.
94 minutes | Oct 26, 2018
Ep.12 – Hired Gun: Tips & Tricks
Today, Brian and Shannon give you tips and tricks for being a successful hired gun musician or substitute drummer on live gigs. They get past all of the simple platitudes like “Show up on time.” and “Be nice to everybody.” by giving you tons of actionable steps that you can use right away to build & grow your career as a freelancing musician and Drummer-For-Hire. Some of the topics they cover include: Why You Would Want To Sub On Other Drummers’ GigsDiscovering What Gigs You Want To PlayBuilding A Song RepertoireKnowing Which Songs To Learn Even Before You Get The GigPreparing For An Upcoming GigBeing of Service and Building RelationshipsSelecting The Right Gear For The GigHow To Get Through Almost Every Gig SuccessfullyFollowing Up After The Gig The guys also take some calls from a couple of professional freelancers drummers who share some of their experiences directly from the world of the working drummer.SPONSORED BY:Pick up a set of the new Session Ace EST Universal Fit In-Ear Monitors at http://DialADrummer.net/EST for only $124.99! The post Ep.12 – Hired Gun: Tips & Tricks appeared first on Dial-A-Drummer Podcast.
78 minutes | Oct 6, 2018
Ep.11 – Apps For Drummers
Today, Dial A Drummer hosts Brian Stephens and Shannon Kori talk about technology and apps that drummers can use in the practice room, on the gig, and in the studio. All of these different apps can be found on either iOS (iPad), Android, and/or Mac platforms. The guys give you plenty of insights on how they use these apps to assist in personal practice time, prepare for gigs, and create music for recordings sessions. *Feel free to leave your own personal drum-related app choices in the Comments Section below!! These apps include: – Capo 00:11:18http://supermegaultragroovy.com/products/capo – Tempo from Frozen Ape 00:19:01http://www.frozenape.com – Dr.Bettote 00:24:47http://www.ssworkssoftware.com – Time Guru 00:29.22https://avibortnick.net/time-guru – LiveBPM 00:29:22on iOS & Android Stores – Propellerheads Reason 00:44:11https://www.propellerheads.se/ – Korg iElectribe for iPad 00:46:23https://www.korg.com/us/products/software/ielectribe_for_ipad/ – Korg iElectribe Gorillaz Edition 00:52:18https://www.korg.com/us/products/software/ielectribe_gorillaz/ – iMPC for iPad 00:53:10http://www.akaipro.com/products/software/impc – Native Instruments’ iMaschine 2 for iPad 00:54:12https://www.native-instruments.com/en/products/maschine/maschine-for-ios/imaschine-2/ – Funkbox 00:55:07http://syntheticbits.com/funkbox.html – Garageband 1:05:15https://www.apple.com/mac/garageband/ – Erskine Essentials apps for iOS 1:08:36https://petererskine.com/apps/ SPONSORED BY:Pick up a set of the new Session Ace EST Universal Fit In-Ear Monitors at http://DialADrummer.net/EST for only $149! The post Ep.11 – Apps For Drummers appeared first on Dial-A-Drummer Podcast.
72 minutes | Apr 20, 2018
Ep.1 – Adam Box: Drummer for Brothers Osborne
We reach back into the vaults for the never-before-released flagship episode that started it all! Brian and Shannon jump onto the Internet and try out the new podcast studio along with lots of new technology! They talk about the new show and their plans for this new endeavor. (HINT: We really would like to get YOU involved every single week!) One of our first show topics is “Grooves That Are Deceptively Difficult”: The guys talk about iconic grooves played by famous drummers that, at first, seem pretty easy. Then, once you start to dig into them, you find out exactly how difficult they are to play and WHY! Brian also dovetails that topic into talking about seeing Nashville-based drummer David Northrup playing drums behind Boz Scaggs (and the video version features some Drum Cam footage of David from that tour) Dial-A-Drummer’s first special guest is Adam Box, drummer for the Brothers Osborne, and long-time hometown friend of Brian. Recorded in June 2017, he talks about moving to Nashville & breaking into the music scene there as a freelance drummer. Adam also tells the story of how he got the gig as the touring AND recording drummer for this hit-making contemporary music duo. Adam also takes us behind the scenes to describe the making of the newest Brothers Osborne album, released TODAY April 20, 2018, entitled Port Saint Joe. Pick up a copy of the Port Saint Joe album from Amazon and help out with the expenses of production & distributing the Dial A Drummer podcast! Just click the album cover to the right to pick up your own copy as either a digital download, CD, or vinyl album! Follow Adam across all of the different social networks:Twitter – twitter.com/drummeradamboxFacebook – facebook.com/abox2Instagram – instagram.com/notadambox The post Ep.1 – Adam Box: Drummer for Brothers Osborne appeared first on Dial-A-Drummer Podcast.
87 minutes | Oct 30, 2017
Ep.10 – Drum Practice Strategies
Today, Dial A Drummer hosts Brian Stephens and Shannon Kori spend AN HOUR AND A HALF talking about drum practice and strategies to help you learn more, in less time, while have TONS more fun. This episode is packed full of tips, tricks, and strategies that you can use today to supercharge your practice time behind the drums. If you dig the information the guys cover today and want even MORE great instruction to improve your time in the drumshed, SIGN UP FOR BRIAN’S “SUPERCHARGING YOUR DRUM PRACTICE” Online Masterclass that will be on Nov.8, 2017 at 7PM EST. To register, just go to DialADrummer.net/practice. This Masterclass is being co-sponsored by Paiste Cymbals, ProMark Drumsticks, PlanetWaves cables, and Session Ace in-ear monitors. *Note: You’ll really want to check out the video version of this episode for some of Brian’s own handwritten drum transcriptions and a few visual surprises. Pick up a set of the new Session Ace EST Universal Fit In-Ear Monitors at http://DialADrummer.net/EST for only $99! Brian and Shannon also talk with a caller from Detroit, Michigan about specific practice tips that can help him expand his vocabulary on the drums. We even leave in some of the craziness that happens when you host a LIVE call-in show. Books Mentioned In The Podcast: Josh Waitzkin – “The Art of LearningPeter C. Brown – Made To Stick (The Science of Successful Learning)Anders Ericsson – Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise CLICK THE GRAPHIC ABOVE TO REGISTER The post Ep.10 – Drum Practice Strategies appeared first on Dial-A-Drummer Podcast.
95 minutes | Sep 27, 2017
Ep.9 – In-Ear Monitoring For Drummers
Today, hosts Brian Stephens and Shannon Kori talk about in-ear monitors (both Universal Fit & Custom Molded types) for drummers. They also detail various personal monitoring set-ups that drummers can use on live gigs and in studio environments. *Note: The video version contains detailed graphics for a couple of very common in-ear monitoring rigs that all drummers can use for their own live gig rigs. Pick up a set of the new Session Ace EST Universal Fit In-Ear Monitors at http://DialADrummer.net/EST for only $99! Brian and Shannon also talk with Dial-A-Drummer call-in regular George Sandler about his own personal monitoring set-ups for both home studio and live gigs. The guys also celebrate the official opening of the DialADrummer.net website and Brian’s new venture: SessionAce.com, a website and musical brand that promotes and sells “Remarkable Tools for Musical Craftsmen”. The post Ep.9 – In-Ear Monitoring For Drummers appeared first on Dial-A-Drummer Podcast.
107 minutes | Aug 14, 2017
Ep.8 – Tom Knight / Music Marketing in the Online Digital Age
Ep. 8 features our long-time friend, Tom Knight Drums (TLC, Stevie Nicks, Monica), talking with us about “Music Marketing in the Online Digital Era”. For 21 years, Tom taught drums at the Atlanta Institute of Music and, about for 5 years, served as their Marketing Director. He shares *TEN* “Do’s and Don’ts” when using social media tools like Instagram to market your drumming and build your brand online. You’ll walk away from this episode with tons of valuable insights about using video and social media platforms to promote your drumming, teaching, and other music-related businesses. The post Ep.8 – Tom Knight / Music Marketing in the Online Digital Age appeared first on Dial-A-Drummer Podcast.
67 minutes | Aug 3, 2017
Ep.7 – Yonrico Scott: Passion, Perseverance, & Commitment
This week, Yonrico Scott (Derek Trucks , Royal Southern Brotherhood , Earl Klugh) talks about about his remarkable career as a drummer, composer, & band leader. We’ll dig deep into his thoughts on the commitment & perseverance that it takes to survive & thrive in today’s Music Industry. The post Ep.7 – Yonrico Scott: Passion, Perseverance, & Commitment appeared first on Dial-A-Drummer Podcast.
67 minutes | Jul 27, 2017
Ep.6 – Adding Value: Going Beyond Beats & Fills
Today, we give you TEN actionable ideas to help you be more than “just the drummer” on your current gig and that will help you get (and keep) that next coveted gig! Start using any & all of them to get more gigs, be more valuable to the ones you already have, and help you avoid that old familiar “Feast or Famine” cycle. The post Ep.6 – Adding Value: Going Beyond Beats & Fills appeared first on Dial-A-Drummer Podcast.
83 minutes | Jul 20, 2017
Ep. 5 – Home Studios for Drummers w/ Marlon Patton
Brian Stephens & Shannon Kori talk about setting up & running a drummer focused home studio. They also talk to Atlanta-based freelance drummer / audio engineer Marlon Patton. To hear a great back story / interview with Marlon on the Working Drummer podcast, click here. We take a virtual tour through all three drummers’ home studio set-ups, answer a call-in question from George Sandler about microphones, and discuss reasons why any drummer should set up his/her own home recording studio. *Shout-Outs on Today’s Show Include:– Zack Albetta, Matthew Crouse, & the Working Drummer Podcast– Rob Wallis & Hudson Music– John JR Robinson– Waves Audio The post Ep. 5 – Home Studios for Drummers w/ Marlon Patton appeared first on Dial-A-Drummer Podcast.
45 minutes | Jul 12, 2017
Ep. 4 – John Blackwell, Jr. Tribute
In Episode 4, we pay tribute to John Blackwell, drummer for Prince, Justin Timberlake, Patti LaBelle, CAMEO, D’Angelo, “Bootsy” Collins , & many others. We look at some clips of his past work as we talk about John, his legacy, & how his amazing drumming went global! We also take a few minutes to talk about the loss of drummer Christian Thomas Leonard, a young drummer from Atlanta, whose loss has really hit our city’s music community hard. *Special thanks to Hudson Music for the use of short clips from John’s drum instructional videos, which are available for purchase at HudsonMusic.com, Amazon, & your local music retailer. To make a donation to John’s GoFundMe campaign to assist with his medical & burial expenses, CLICK HERE. OTHER LINKS:– Drummer’s Resource Podcast Interview The post Ep. 4 – John Blackwell, Jr. Tribute appeared first on Dial-A-Drummer Podcast.
80 minutes | Jul 8, 2017
Ep.3 – Rob Wallis & Digital Drum Learning Platforms
Here’s the full version of Episode 3 with special guest Rob Wallis from Hudson Music & Drum Guru. Ih this episode, Brian Stephens & Shannon Kori also go deep into Digital Drum Education Platforms. Services we cover include:– Jared Falk’s Drumeo– Mike Johnston’s MikesLessons.com– Don Lombardi’s DrumChannel– Carter McLean’s FOUR HANDS Drumming– Justin Varnes’ Jazz Drummer’s Resource– and the digital download/streaming & app-based content from Rob’s Hudson Music & Drum Guru Brian also gives you a few Power User tips for getting the most out of YouTube to use in your own personal drum education journey. And, the DAD show gets it’s *1st Call-In Question*!! The post Ep.3 – Rob Wallis & Digital Drum Learning Platforms appeared first on Dial-A-Drummer Podcast.
56 minutes | Jun 19, 2017
Ep.2 – Peters Criss Retires / The Gig From Hell
Today, we’re talking about Peter Criss’ official retirement and what gigs you should NOT take! Call in, ask a question, and tell us your best “Gig From Hell” story!! The post Ep.2 – Peters Criss Retires / The Gig From Hell appeared first on Dial-A-Drummer Podcast.
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