Drummer for Good Charlotte, Sugar Ray, NBC's Hollywood Game Night TV Show Band, Recording Sessions WorldWide & Song Writer. Today Dean shares how he goes from being the bandleader on NBC’s Hollywood Game Night to cutting a full record in one day. Hours of warm-ups before a live show and relentless execution, Dean Butterworth has written the book on preparation. What You’ll Learn From This Episode is what it means to be fully prepared for every musical situation, the expectations of a TV show bandleader, the importance of always being a student and a singers perspective on a busy drummer.
Chris Brewer is Meinl's North American Artist Relations Manager for Canada and the United States. He is a go-getter, punching well above his weight class, handling much of the social media that you and I see from Meinl. Additionally, Chris is actively talking with artists, fulfilling orders and helping share Meinl's voice online. We were excited to sit down with Chris to learn how in the world he can be so dang effective, as well as how he is learning to balance multiple facets of his job. Although this podcast is a fun one, we're also glad you're here with us to learn from Chris and would encourage you to take notes, listen closely and look closely at how you present yourself online.
Spending 10 years as a Blue Man Group Drummer has allowed Adrian to bring a unique contribution to his work with singers and artists. Previously touring with Nelly Furtado, and currently on tour with Alessia Cara, Adrian is crushing some of the worlds biggest venues.
Ben Sesar, Drummer for Brad Paisley, shares how his experiences in Nashville have changed over the years - The values and challenges of moving to Nashville. Another topic discussed with Ben is how the music industry is evolving and what drummers can expect when moving to Nashville. Also, Ben's favorite drummers at the moment, are broken down including his different philosophies on life and music. The takeaways from this Podcast are everywhere if you are listening closely. Take notes and prepare for some deep insights on the life of playing music.
Chris Mead spent 2 years playing with the DCI Bluecoats marching band, and learned some valuable lessons along the way. Being a former K-12 Music teacher gives him a unique perspective on learning music, and how to develop your sound. Now Chris drums full time with the Peterson Brothers, and Bocephus. What You’ll Learn From This Episode ⁃ What it means to be Amenable ⁃ why being held accountable is so important ⁃ when to speak up vs when not to speak up ⁃ What you can learn from marching bands, even if you don’t want to play in one.
Eric Boudreault is the touring drummer for Odysseo - Cavalia, where he frequently plays shows that extend beyond 2 hours in duration. Hailing from Montreal, now living in Los Angeles, Eric shares advice on how he began playing drums. By diving into his school experience, Eric helps us uncover the value in our local education, as well as the value in eating healthy on tour and developing skills in odd time signatures. This is a fun interview with Eric that covers a wide range of topics sure to help drummers in the working world seeking advice on landing session work, challenging their skills and working closely with producers. As always, leave a review on iTunes if you're enjoying the show!
Evan Ambrosio has been touring internationally, playing hundreds of shows per year with State Champs. State Champs won Best Breakthrough Band at the 2016 Alternative Press Music Awards. What you will learn from this episode are the highlights Of Warped Tour, Dealing With Nervousness, How To Approach Musicians You Look Up To and What To Do With Your Mistakes.
Mark Stepro is a Los Angeles-based musician originally from Ohio. He has performed on every continent except Antarctica and has appeared on The Late Show With David Letterman, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien, Craig Ferguson, and Carson Daly.
Since 2010, Stepro has been touring and recording with singer-songwriter-producer Butch Walker, performing not only on Walker's own records and tours but also playing on records produced by Walker (Train, Keith Urban, Gavin Degraw, The Wind And The Wave, Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem, etc.). Stepro appears on Walker's most recent release, "Stay Gold" (Dangerbird Records) and recently completed a six-week tour with Butch and the rest of the band.
Stepro also performs with singer Mary McBride under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State as a Cultural Ambassador, presenting American music overseas. The group has logged performances in twenty-three countries such as Russia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Indonesia, appearing in schools, hospitals, prisons, women's shelters, orphanages, and places of worship.
He has also performed or recorded with Panic! At The Disco, Hayes Carll, Ben Kweller, Jackson Browne, Courtney Love, Corb Lund, Sara and Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek, Morgan Kibby of M83, Sara Bareilles, Jakob Dylan of The Wallflowers, Mike Viola, Joe Pug, Robert Ellis, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Adam Levy, and Tim Easton. A passionate student, he has studied with teachers Ed Soph, Steve Houghton and Glenn Kotche of Wilco.
Stepro lives in Atwater Village, Los Angeles with his television writer wife and their one-year-old son William. He enjoys cooking, running and reading.