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Welcome to Behind the Backline, the podcast where we chat with merchants, brands and industry professionals in the musical instrument, pro audio and event technology space about their products, services, industry trends, stories, and more. Join us as we dig into the stories behind our favorite backline gear. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/behindthebackline/support

Latest Episodes

Booklive App - A Lifelong Calling to Serve & Make a Living in Music

Very few of us know exactly what we want to do when we grow up, regardless of our current age (under 20 and over 80, I’m talking to you too!). In fact, for most of the human race and society, the expectation to go from childhood, to grade school, to high school, to college, to career, to family, and end in retirement has become a bit of a scary “cookie cutter” way of life. There aren’t enough of us asking “why do we do that?”. What if everyone on this planet was able to easily identify their true passion, their true calling and accept that as what each of us are meant to do to contribute to the world during our time here? In modern times, it’s more common to hear about this story in technology and philosophical industries where people are following their dreams to change the world for the better, but it’s not as often that you hear about this kind of story coming from the world of DIY arts and music outside of the superstar record deals and the American Idol type success stories. ONCE UPON A COAST This story begins on the east coast with a little boy named Jared. After seeing his first live music performance by a violinist, this 5-year-old went home, found a couple of popsicle sticks, held them up to his shoulder and pretended they were a violin. The rest, as they say, is classical music history. MAKING THE JUMP TO MUSIC COLLEGE From following a deep passion to perform, to finding a second love of conducting an orchestra and prompting him to go back to school for it, Jared’s blood runs deep with “music geek” (his words). After being accepted into the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee for his orchestra conducting calling, like many other musicians he found himself strapped for cash and trying to make ends meet with unrelated jobs that he felt were not contributing to his musical ambitions. FROM MUSIC TO ENTREPRENEUR As he began to realize how much “back office” training in business was taught in music schools, his self-guided drive to learn these things landed him a record number of bookings as a string performer for weddings. This newfound knowledge prompted him to launch Dream City Music, a music booking agency that helps brides and grooms find string players and quartets for their big day. Taking it one step further, his experience as a web and app developer aided in his launching of the internal tools used by Dream City Music that helped their clients take their music to the next level. These tools would eventually become the foundation for what is now known as Booklive, a web-based app that helps musicians organize the business side of their craft and enables them to grow their music businesses. ABOUT OUR GUEST Jared Judge, owner and founder of Dream City Music and the Booklive app, joins us in this episode to share his musically enchanted story. From preschool to present day, Jared’s story is a reminder of how important it is these days that musicians realize they aren’t just performers. They are also entrepreneurs and small business owners. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/behindthebackline/support

24 MIN2019 JUL 12
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Booklive App - A Lifelong Calling to Serve & Make a Living in Music

Dave Hillis - From Aspiring Musician to Multi-Platinum Recording Engineer

The music industry is an interesting place to be. A path you might start down might not be the path you end up on. What you think you want to do may not be the thing the industry picks for you. For creative musician types, there isn’t necessarily a typical “corporate ladder” structure that provides a single path like other industries. In fact, the music industry is more like a series of (tuning) forks or a “choose your own adventure” book that dictates your career path. ONCE UPON A TIME IN BROOKLYN... Born and raised in Brooklyn, Dave Hillis grew up next door to the future lead vocalist and bass player for Type O Negative Peter Steele. At the age of 5, Dave started playing piano and guitar, and had a chance to watch Pete play in bands and become inspired by the rock and metal scenes. Finding that he wasn’t good at playing cover songs, he found a passion for writing his own original music. Noting the record labels on his favorite bands’ album cases, he started just sending tapes of his original tracks to them and eventually got picked up at the age of 17. …ONWARD TO SEATTLE… After moving to Seattle, he had the chance to record at London Bridge Studios. After a chance meeting about town with the studio owner and sharing how well his recording session was going and how much he loved being in the studio, the owner gave him a chance to work at London Bridge as his new assistant. This was the being of a historic trip in the recording industry for Dave. Just by being in the same practice rooms and recording spaces as all these guys that were at the time unknown and unsigned, he became friends with (and eventually recorded) who we now know as Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Blind Melon and more. …HAPPILY EVER AFTER IN PITTSBURGH After having Seattle run its course and some family changes, Dave and his wife relocated to Pittsburgh. They really had no plans in regards to music or recording, so it was a bit exciting, scary and fresh. Shortly after the move, Dave met Liz Berlin, a founding member of the 90s band Rusted Root. Liz and her husband owned a theater, which was a former church, in Pittsburgh called Mr. Smalls. They also owned another church across the street from Mr. Smalls which she planned to convert into a recording studio, starting with the onsite Trident TSM Console she had recently acquired. Once she sparked Dave’s interest with the recording studio plans, they went in together to establish and build the new studio. Dave was able to bring out and contribute to the new studio the 2” Studer machine from London Bridge Studios that recorded some of the greatest albums of the day, including from Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Blind Melon and Screaming Trees. The whole goal of the new studio, which is called HJI Frequencies, is to do albums like they used to, to produce and maintain that historic, classic sound quality and bring that recording experience to newer and upcoming artists. ABOUT OUR GUEST Dave Hillis, a multi-platinum recording engineer who’s worked in Seattle during the grunge era on 90’s albums from Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains and more, joins us in this episode to share his story from being a young, aspiring musician to getting into recording and working on some of the most historic and legendary albums of our time. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/behindthebackline/support

34 MIN2019 JUN 14
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Dave Hillis - From Aspiring Musician to Multi-Platinum Recording Engineer

Michael Molenda - Guitar Player Magazine, Music Journalism & Beyond

No one can predict the future. No one can ever know what’s coming next (except me, just kidding). A lot of times we have to roll with what life throws at us, regardless of how predictable we want our life to be. As humans we are creatures of habit, loving every minute of having a routine, going to work, coming home, advancing our career, staying organized and having everything in its place, and knowing that we have the power to make tweaks to it whenever we want, as long as its within our comfort zone. But as we very well know, life enjoys throwing the occasional right hook at us to see how we handle it. This is something that both Michael and I, your humble podcast host, have experienced in recent years. THANK GOD YOU FOUND A REAL JOB Michael had two career path options in his early years: music and journalism. As you’ll hear, his father was super happy he chose journalism, a job that he knew was stable and had a future (cough). As time (and the Internet) will tell you, music and...

32 MIN2019 MAY 24
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Michael Molenda - Guitar Player Magazine, Music Journalism & Beyond

Bluesman Vintage Guitars - A Family Business Powered by Passion and Fate

Most people who go into business have an idea they want to try and make a valiant effort and are aware that things are either moving or not moving. Most people need to put in the work to watch the seed they plant grow. Every once in awhile, though, it seems God and fate are in the driver’s seat and you just come along for the ride. That’s what happened with John, the snot-nosed kid from Tennessee. Poor guy! ONCE UPON A FAMILIAR STORY… The story begins like others you’ve heard: boy meets guitar, boy hates the sound guitar makes, boy sees a lot of guitars, boy breaks up with lots of guitars, boy thinks he can do better himself, boy makes snot-nosed comment in one store, boy gets “scolded” with a random opportunity to apprentice with a guitar shop owner who teaches him the ways of guitar building, and so on. Stop me if you’ve heard that one. Wait, you haven’t? Well, shhhhhhhhhhhh….. THE FAMILIAR PART ENDS, FATE CHAOTICALLY TAKES OVER After leaving his last job as a guitar fini...

46 MIN2019 MAY 10
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Bluesman Vintage Guitars - A Family Business Powered by Passion and Fate

Capital Music Gear - An Online Music Gear Store With Heart

Let’s face it: online retail store options are pretty cut and dry. Predictable discounts and sales. The same standard website design and layout. The same old shopping cart experience (unless you’re Amazon). And most online music gear stores aren’t much different. But there’s one online store that hopes to change all that. Less than a year old, Capital Music Gear is hoping to bring a couple of unique and welcome disrupting features to the online music store: heart and help. Let me explain. HEART Capital Music Gear (CMG) is built with nonprofit music organizations in mind. Every sale on their site gives 1% to the music non-profit of your choice, assuming that organization is registered with CMG and listed on their site’s checkout process as an option. You also have the option to write-in a non-profit you think should benefit and CMG will attempt to reach out and connect with that organization. Last, if you don’t have a preference, you can let CMG decide which nonprofit your 1% g...

28 MIN2019 APR 26
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Capital Music Gear - An Online Music Gear Store With Heart

Death By Audio - Effect Pedals That Cause Total Sonic Annihilation

DISCLAIMER: No cats were harmed in the making of this episode. But one was seen in the background of our video chat. Fuzz War. Cats. Absolute Destruction. Cats. Apocalypse. Cats. Interstellar Overdriver. Cats. Evil Filter. Cats. Robot. Cats. Supersonic Fuzz Gun. You get the picture (of cats in your head). This conversation was anything but your standard run of the mill podcast discussion. Oh, and besides the overuse of the word “Cats”, all of those are the names of DBA’s guitar pedals. NOT methods of global domination (or are they?! *wink*) FROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS Death By Audio was started in 2002 as a guitar effects pedal company after Oliver started tinkering with new sounds and ideas for his own bands. He started making pedals for other people, and over time the pedals got more and more crazy and more and more in demand. The rest, as they say, is history. As for the name of the company, rest assured no one died or fell victim to any of the pedals DBA makes. Rather, as Oliver e...

30 MIN2019 APR 12
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Death By Audio - Effect Pedals That Cause Total Sonic Annihilation

Baldman Percussion - Pushing the Drumming Boundaries With “Junk"

First of all, 3 drummers on a podcast don’t make a right. But they do make the occasional awful pun and have lots of fun! Hell they even rhyme sometimes! And to top it all off, 2 of them are bald and one resembles Andy Samberg! Lonely Island anyone? DON’T JUDGE A BOOK (OR INSTRUMENT) BY ITS COVER Sometimes a product comes along that may not give you any clue as to what it is or does upon first encountering it. Sometimes you need to spend some time learning about it or trying it out to see if it works for you. Yes, this is one of those products. In a creative quest to figure out new sounds and new ways of producing those sounds on an acoustic drum kit setup, sometimes the product you initially pictured doesn’t end up being the “unique” item that comes out on the other end. It’s at this very moment that I now realize what I described above is not a trip to the bathroom (my full apologies), but actually a new type of percussion instrument that, ironically enough, produces the sam...

23 MIN2019 MAR 29
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Baldman Percussion - Pushing the Drumming Boundaries With “Junk"

Chance Productions - Chasing Your Dream in a Tale of Two Cities

DISCLAIMER: YES, this is our one-year anniversary episode! NO, this is not our last episode. NO, this guest does not kill podcasts! Now back to our regularly scheduled programming. Everyone personal story and every business story comes from humble beginnings of some kind. This story, like many others, could be chalked up to a supportive family, a motivational spouse, and a desire to never work in a grocery store again. A MAGICAL STARTUP! Starting a business in any industry is not an easy feat, but starting a business in the music and entertainment industry in a smaller regional area almost requires you to be a sexy magician! But if you know what you’re doing, have the ability to network, build connections, build your list of people you prefer to work with, establish a reputation in the industry as the local production company that will do things others won’t, and put in the long hours day and night, anything is possible! MASTER OF SEXY EVENT LOGISTICS An event production company t...

33 MIN2019 MAR 15
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Chance Productions - Chasing Your Dream in a Tale of Two Cities

Drumnetics - Beating New Life Into The Bass Drum Pedal

As a drummer for 25 years, I feel it’s fairly safe to say this: for years, the concept of the bass drum pedal has remained fairly unchanged. Aside from a few variations on the chain drive, such as the bike chain, fabric strap, or other materials used for the strap, and perhaps some enhancements to the spring mechanism, the overall design and operation of a drum pedal has been pretty consistent and trustworthy. (Cue the action movie music) UNTIL. NOW. The Bass Drum Pedal. REIMAGINED. Have you ever stopped to think that those chains, straps and/or springs could be getting in the way of your performance? Maybe they are creating unnecessary friction or (in the event you drum barefoot like me, sue me) unnecessarily ripping open too many toes? Damn you bike chains and teeth gear wheels! What if I told you I came across a drum pedal that relied on the invisible repelling power of magnets to do the exact same work? What if I told you that a bass drum pedal existed that was virtually mainte...

36 MIN2019 MAR 1
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Drumnetics - Beating New Life Into The Bass Drum Pedal

CenterStaging - Providing Backline Gear For the Greatest Shows on Earth

For most of us, we will never be directly involved with the production of a major television production. Sad but true. But that doesn’t mean we can’t hear the stories from someone who is and use our imagination to transport ourselves to those stages, right? While most every day people probably haven’t heard of CenterStaging, there’s a pretty good chance that the majority of people have seen their work and gear. The Greatest Support on Earth Based out of Los Angeles, with a more recently opened location in New York, CenterStaging is one of the industry’s premier rehearsal and backline facility. Known for their state-of-the-art studios and extensive collection of musical instruments, CenterStaging’s backline gear is practically famous on its own, having been used on just about every major television show, including the GRAMMY Awards, Academy Awards, MDA Telethon, Billboard Music Awards, American Music Awards, several Presidential Inaugurations, the Olympics, American Idol, Danci...

30 MIN2019 FEB 15
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CenterStaging - Providing Backline Gear For the Greatest Shows on Earth

Latest Episodes

Booklive App - A Lifelong Calling to Serve & Make a Living in Music

Very few of us know exactly what we want to do when we grow up, regardless of our current age (under 20 and over 80, I’m talking to you too!). In fact, for most of the human race and society, the expectation to go from childhood, to grade school, to high school, to college, to career, to family, and end in retirement has become a bit of a scary “cookie cutter” way of life. There aren’t enough of us asking “why do we do that?”. What if everyone on this planet was able to easily identify their true passion, their true calling and accept that as what each of us are meant to do to contribute to the world during our time here? In modern times, it’s more common to hear about this story in technology and philosophical industries where people are following their dreams to change the world for the better, but it’s not as often that you hear about this kind of story coming from the world of DIY arts and music outside of the superstar record deals and the American Idol type success stories. ONCE UPON A COAST This story begins on the east coast with a little boy named Jared. After seeing his first live music performance by a violinist, this 5-year-old went home, found a couple of popsicle sticks, held them up to his shoulder and pretended they were a violin. The rest, as they say, is classical music history. MAKING THE JUMP TO MUSIC COLLEGE From following a deep passion to perform, to finding a second love of conducting an orchestra and prompting him to go back to school for it, Jared’s blood runs deep with “music geek” (his words). After being accepted into the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee for his orchestra conducting calling, like many other musicians he found himself strapped for cash and trying to make ends meet with unrelated jobs that he felt were not contributing to his musical ambitions. FROM MUSIC TO ENTREPRENEUR As he began to realize how much “back office” training in business was taught in music schools, his self-guided drive to learn these things landed him a record number of bookings as a string performer for weddings. This newfound knowledge prompted him to launch Dream City Music, a music booking agency that helps brides and grooms find string players and quartets for their big day. Taking it one step further, his experience as a web and app developer aided in his launching of the internal tools used by Dream City Music that helped their clients take their music to the next level. These tools would eventually become the foundation for what is now known as Booklive, a web-based app that helps musicians organize the business side of their craft and enables them to grow their music businesses. ABOUT OUR GUEST Jared Judge, owner and founder of Dream City Music and the Booklive app, joins us in this episode to share his musically enchanted story. From preschool to present day, Jared’s story is a reminder of how important it is these days that musicians realize they aren’t just performers. They are also entrepreneurs and small business owners. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/behindthebackline/support

24 MIN2019 JUL 12
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Booklive App - A Lifelong Calling to Serve & Make a Living in Music

Dave Hillis - From Aspiring Musician to Multi-Platinum Recording Engineer

The music industry is an interesting place to be. A path you might start down might not be the path you end up on. What you think you want to do may not be the thing the industry picks for you. For creative musician types, there isn’t necessarily a typical “corporate ladder” structure that provides a single path like other industries. In fact, the music industry is more like a series of (tuning) forks or a “choose your own adventure” book that dictates your career path. ONCE UPON A TIME IN BROOKLYN... Born and raised in Brooklyn, Dave Hillis grew up next door to the future lead vocalist and bass player for Type O Negative Peter Steele. At the age of 5, Dave started playing piano and guitar, and had a chance to watch Pete play in bands and become inspired by the rock and metal scenes. Finding that he wasn’t good at playing cover songs, he found a passion for writing his own original music. Noting the record labels on his favorite bands’ album cases, he started just sending tapes of his original tracks to them and eventually got picked up at the age of 17. …ONWARD TO SEATTLE… After moving to Seattle, he had the chance to record at London Bridge Studios. After a chance meeting about town with the studio owner and sharing how well his recording session was going and how much he loved being in the studio, the owner gave him a chance to work at London Bridge as his new assistant. This was the being of a historic trip in the recording industry for Dave. Just by being in the same practice rooms and recording spaces as all these guys that were at the time unknown and unsigned, he became friends with (and eventually recorded) who we now know as Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Blind Melon and more. …HAPPILY EVER AFTER IN PITTSBURGH After having Seattle run its course and some family changes, Dave and his wife relocated to Pittsburgh. They really had no plans in regards to music or recording, so it was a bit exciting, scary and fresh. Shortly after the move, Dave met Liz Berlin, a founding member of the 90s band Rusted Root. Liz and her husband owned a theater, which was a former church, in Pittsburgh called Mr. Smalls. They also owned another church across the street from Mr. Smalls which she planned to convert into a recording studio, starting with the onsite Trident TSM Console she had recently acquired. Once she sparked Dave’s interest with the recording studio plans, they went in together to establish and build the new studio. Dave was able to bring out and contribute to the new studio the 2” Studer machine from London Bridge Studios that recorded some of the greatest albums of the day, including from Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Blind Melon and Screaming Trees. The whole goal of the new studio, which is called HJI Frequencies, is to do albums like they used to, to produce and maintain that historic, classic sound quality and bring that recording experience to newer and upcoming artists. ABOUT OUR GUEST Dave Hillis, a multi-platinum recording engineer who’s worked in Seattle during the grunge era on 90’s albums from Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains and more, joins us in this episode to share his story from being a young, aspiring musician to getting into recording and working on some of the most historic and legendary albums of our time. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/behindthebackline/support

34 MIN2019 JUN 14
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Dave Hillis - From Aspiring Musician to Multi-Platinum Recording Engineer

Michael Molenda - Guitar Player Magazine, Music Journalism & Beyond

No one can predict the future. No one can ever know what’s coming next (except me, just kidding). A lot of times we have to roll with what life throws at us, regardless of how predictable we want our life to be. As humans we are creatures of habit, loving every minute of having a routine, going to work, coming home, advancing our career, staying organized and having everything in its place, and knowing that we have the power to make tweaks to it whenever we want, as long as its within our comfort zone. But as we very well know, life enjoys throwing the occasional right hook at us to see how we handle it. This is something that both Michael and I, your humble podcast host, have experienced in recent years. THANK GOD YOU FOUND A REAL JOB Michael had two career path options in his early years: music and journalism. As you’ll hear, his father was super happy he chose journalism, a job that he knew was stable and had a future (cough). As time (and the Internet) will tell you, music and...

32 MIN2019 MAY 24
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Michael Molenda - Guitar Player Magazine, Music Journalism & Beyond

Bluesman Vintage Guitars - A Family Business Powered by Passion and Fate

Most people who go into business have an idea they want to try and make a valiant effort and are aware that things are either moving or not moving. Most people need to put in the work to watch the seed they plant grow. Every once in awhile, though, it seems God and fate are in the driver’s seat and you just come along for the ride. That’s what happened with John, the snot-nosed kid from Tennessee. Poor guy! ONCE UPON A FAMILIAR STORY… The story begins like others you’ve heard: boy meets guitar, boy hates the sound guitar makes, boy sees a lot of guitars, boy breaks up with lots of guitars, boy thinks he can do better himself, boy makes snot-nosed comment in one store, boy gets “scolded” with a random opportunity to apprentice with a guitar shop owner who teaches him the ways of guitar building, and so on. Stop me if you’ve heard that one. Wait, you haven’t? Well, shhhhhhhhhhhh….. THE FAMILIAR PART ENDS, FATE CHAOTICALLY TAKES OVER After leaving his last job as a guitar fini...

46 MIN2019 MAY 10
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Bluesman Vintage Guitars - A Family Business Powered by Passion and Fate

Capital Music Gear - An Online Music Gear Store With Heart

Let’s face it: online retail store options are pretty cut and dry. Predictable discounts and sales. The same standard website design and layout. The same old shopping cart experience (unless you’re Amazon). And most online music gear stores aren’t much different. But there’s one online store that hopes to change all that. Less than a year old, Capital Music Gear is hoping to bring a couple of unique and welcome disrupting features to the online music store: heart and help. Let me explain. HEART Capital Music Gear (CMG) is built with nonprofit music organizations in mind. Every sale on their site gives 1% to the music non-profit of your choice, assuming that organization is registered with CMG and listed on their site’s checkout process as an option. You also have the option to write-in a non-profit you think should benefit and CMG will attempt to reach out and connect with that organization. Last, if you don’t have a preference, you can let CMG decide which nonprofit your 1% g...

28 MIN2019 APR 26
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Capital Music Gear - An Online Music Gear Store With Heart

Death By Audio - Effect Pedals That Cause Total Sonic Annihilation

DISCLAIMER: No cats were harmed in the making of this episode. But one was seen in the background of our video chat. Fuzz War. Cats. Absolute Destruction. Cats. Apocalypse. Cats. Interstellar Overdriver. Cats. Evil Filter. Cats. Robot. Cats. Supersonic Fuzz Gun. You get the picture (of cats in your head). This conversation was anything but your standard run of the mill podcast discussion. Oh, and besides the overuse of the word “Cats”, all of those are the names of DBA’s guitar pedals. NOT methods of global domination (or are they?! *wink*) FROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS Death By Audio was started in 2002 as a guitar effects pedal company after Oliver started tinkering with new sounds and ideas for his own bands. He started making pedals for other people, and over time the pedals got more and more crazy and more and more in demand. The rest, as they say, is history. As for the name of the company, rest assured no one died or fell victim to any of the pedals DBA makes. Rather, as Oliver e...

30 MIN2019 APR 12
Comments
Death By Audio - Effect Pedals That Cause Total Sonic Annihilation

Baldman Percussion - Pushing the Drumming Boundaries With “Junk"

First of all, 3 drummers on a podcast don’t make a right. But they do make the occasional awful pun and have lots of fun! Hell they even rhyme sometimes! And to top it all off, 2 of them are bald and one resembles Andy Samberg! Lonely Island anyone? DON’T JUDGE A BOOK (OR INSTRUMENT) BY ITS COVER Sometimes a product comes along that may not give you any clue as to what it is or does upon first encountering it. Sometimes you need to spend some time learning about it or trying it out to see if it works for you. Yes, this is one of those products. In a creative quest to figure out new sounds and new ways of producing those sounds on an acoustic drum kit setup, sometimes the product you initially pictured doesn’t end up being the “unique” item that comes out on the other end. It’s at this very moment that I now realize what I described above is not a trip to the bathroom (my full apologies), but actually a new type of percussion instrument that, ironically enough, produces the sam...

23 MIN2019 MAR 29
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Baldman Percussion - Pushing the Drumming Boundaries With “Junk"

Chance Productions - Chasing Your Dream in a Tale of Two Cities

DISCLAIMER: YES, this is our one-year anniversary episode! NO, this is not our last episode. NO, this guest does not kill podcasts! Now back to our regularly scheduled programming. Everyone personal story and every business story comes from humble beginnings of some kind. This story, like many others, could be chalked up to a supportive family, a motivational spouse, and a desire to never work in a grocery store again. A MAGICAL STARTUP! Starting a business in any industry is not an easy feat, but starting a business in the music and entertainment industry in a smaller regional area almost requires you to be a sexy magician! But if you know what you’re doing, have the ability to network, build connections, build your list of people you prefer to work with, establish a reputation in the industry as the local production company that will do things others won’t, and put in the long hours day and night, anything is possible! MASTER OF SEXY EVENT LOGISTICS An event production company t...

33 MIN2019 MAR 15
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Chance Productions - Chasing Your Dream in a Tale of Two Cities

Drumnetics - Beating New Life Into The Bass Drum Pedal

As a drummer for 25 years, I feel it’s fairly safe to say this: for years, the concept of the bass drum pedal has remained fairly unchanged. Aside from a few variations on the chain drive, such as the bike chain, fabric strap, or other materials used for the strap, and perhaps some enhancements to the spring mechanism, the overall design and operation of a drum pedal has been pretty consistent and trustworthy. (Cue the action movie music) UNTIL. NOW. The Bass Drum Pedal. REIMAGINED. Have you ever stopped to think that those chains, straps and/or springs could be getting in the way of your performance? Maybe they are creating unnecessary friction or (in the event you drum barefoot like me, sue me) unnecessarily ripping open too many toes? Damn you bike chains and teeth gear wheels! What if I told you I came across a drum pedal that relied on the invisible repelling power of magnets to do the exact same work? What if I told you that a bass drum pedal existed that was virtually mainte...

36 MIN2019 MAR 1
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Drumnetics - Beating New Life Into The Bass Drum Pedal

CenterStaging - Providing Backline Gear For the Greatest Shows on Earth

For most of us, we will never be directly involved with the production of a major television production. Sad but true. But that doesn’t mean we can’t hear the stories from someone who is and use our imagination to transport ourselves to those stages, right? While most every day people probably haven’t heard of CenterStaging, there’s a pretty good chance that the majority of people have seen their work and gear. The Greatest Support on Earth Based out of Los Angeles, with a more recently opened location in New York, CenterStaging is one of the industry’s premier rehearsal and backline facility. Known for their state-of-the-art studios and extensive collection of musical instruments, CenterStaging’s backline gear is practically famous on its own, having been used on just about every major television show, including the GRAMMY Awards, Academy Awards, MDA Telethon, Billboard Music Awards, American Music Awards, several Presidential Inaugurations, the Olympics, American Idol, Danci...

30 MIN2019 FEB 15
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CenterStaging - Providing Backline Gear For the Greatest Shows on Earth
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