Podcast – Building Your Band
By Peter Bulanow
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The #1 Music Production Resource for Bands, Worship Pastors, Worship Leaders, Music Directors, and Aspiring Producers
||CleanNikki Lerner | You All Know The Words||With Nikki Lerner as our guest, we immediately get to the heart of doing multicultural worship. Nikki helps us explore our motivations, ask better questions, and avoid common pitfalls. She gives us a way to think about multicultural worship that has no.||6/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJon Waller | Destroyed an Entire Genre||Jon joins the show discussing a range of genres based around Jazz to include Gospel and Neo Soul. Along the way, he shares samples from some projects he has done. We wrap up with his thoughts on the kinds of music that belongs in church,||5/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWilliam Brew IV | The Way It Is||William Brew joins us for an enlightening episode of drumming and discovery. Along the way we discuss his love of the CCM genre, what he really thinks of when he thinks of “space”, and how you get there overnight.||10/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDavid Loftis | Diverse By Design||Friend of the show, David Loftis, talks to us about about the challenges of producing three very different worship services each week: one old school featuring a choir, one new school with a band, and one somewhere in between with multiple (SAT / SATB||5/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrent Walker | Experts in Photoshop||Trent Walker talks to us about stepping out in faith- leaving a perfectly good job as a church worship leader to take the show on the road with his wife, Siobhan, and their five kids. Obviously passionate about the mission of the Church,||2/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGavin Morris | Never Really Said Anything||As the frontman and lead songwriter of Break The Fall, Gavin walks us through the process of creating their latest EP “The Wanderers“. From the preproduction writing, to choosing a producer, to packing up a van and driving eight hours to Nashville t||1/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSteven Kristopher | 40th Birthday Gift||Steven Krisopher shares what was behind his most recent project, With Abandon, (edit: released December 15th, 2015). With sixty minutes of music in ten songs, he talks about how his desire for this project was to let the songs breathe.||12/9/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJohn B Stanley | The Language of Heaven||John B Stanley (Twitter, Reverb Nation, iTunes) challenges us to do better music in our services and gives us the behind-the-scenes story of his “Drum Spectacular”. Also check out his post on this in Modern Drummer.||9/27/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDave Tauler – Not Enough Bassoon Gigs||In this podcast episode, Dave talks to us about how playing wind instruments informs the way he approaches singing and composition, and warns us about how solo instruments can conflict with vocals. He then gives us his formula for using these instrumen||8/16/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason 1 Remix | Kaleidoscope Edition||While recording and editing the first 18 episodes of the podcast, I began to notice some of the content commented on some of the other content. I began to think how awesome it might be to hear these ideas back-to-back, remixed into a super-episode,||8/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJay Smith, ‘Cathartic Worship’||Guitarist Jay Smith spends 45 minutes with us pretty much not talking about guitars at all. Instead we discuss worship, art, venue, and the role of music in the church. If you like discussions that go deep, you won’t want to miss this one.||3/29/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLaura Blankenship, ‘Unbelieve It’||Laura shares the secrets and struggles of her journey as a Worship Leader and songwriter as a wife and mother of two young children. In particular, she addresses the maturity and people skills required to be successful in leadership.||3/22/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJayson D. Bradley, “3/4 Waltz”||Jayson talks to us about his passion for leading worship in a small church, the pitfalls and dangers of turning worship into a formula, and why the church needs more laments. For more of his thoughtful musings read “A Worship Leader Questions Modern W||3/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTerri Plant, ‘Carrying Shoes’||Vocalist Terri Plant talks to us about cross-cultural singing in both English and Arabic, and how music has both moved into (been a gift) and out of (been a hindrance to) her life in service to God. Terri sings “En Tal El Layl” “If the night should||3/8/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChordy, ‘Four out of Five Times’||Keyboardist John “Chordy” Teagle talks to us about growing up with a love for playing keys, the impact of learning theory in his playing, his wish for the direction of popular music, and some parting thoughts on genres.||3/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBrandon Peoples, ‘Back Pew Baptist’||Brandon (keyboardist for Break The Fall) talks to us about his thoughts as a “Back Pew Baptist“, sitting in the rear of a church, helping with the tech program, watching, and thinking about why we’re doing a lot of the things we do in church.||2/22/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEileen Graham, ‘Wax On, Wax Off”||Eileen’s love for singing is the subtext throughout this episode during which she surveys the typical range of vocal responsibilities in a church – that of worship leader and backing vocalist – and contrasts both of those with the role of the soloi||2/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanZach Bulanow, ‘A Tale of Two Worship Teams’||Zach talks to us about playing acoustic guitar in two different student worship teams: one going very well, one going not so well. It’s your typical insightful conversation with a 15 year old sophomore in high school; we can learn a lot by looking at t.||2/8/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBrian Beasely, ‘Gospel of Brian’||Worship Leader, Backing Vocalist, and Bassist, Brian Beasely talks with us being a highly involved lay-musician in a local church. Brian Beasely Music | Twitter | Facebook||2/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAaro Keipi, ‘Keyboardists Agreeing’||Aaro Keipi and I agree for about an hour on playing classical, worship, and funk keyboard, the preeminence of pads, improvising, composition, language, and communication. The difference between us being, Aaro is actually educated on the topic,||1/25/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJustin Pinkney, ‘Translating CCM’||Justin talks to us about growing up in Gospel Drumming, needing a “third eye” to keep tabs on what’s going on, the importance of transitions, the differences playing CCM, and ultimately how these genres influence one another. Justin on Twitter,||1/18/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAmanda Joy, ‘Blending’||Amanda Joy talks to us about singing background vs. lead vocals, and listening to everything to include the band to inform your singing. Amanda: Facebook, Twitter. Never in Denver: Facebook, iTunes, Also, this is our first ever podcast to offer “bonus||1/11/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAmanda Joy, ‘Bonus’||Amanda and I kept talking after the show was over. We got into talking a little bit about generational worship which wasn’t on the schedule. So this is my first podcast with bonus material.||1/11/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDan Rebeiz, ‘Unifying’||Guitarist* Dan Rebeiz talks to us about unifying the emotional content of the music we create in this sweeping interview. Contact Dan @ Daniel Jack Productions or Facebook or The Excentrics *Music, Lyrics, Instruments, Vocals, Programming,||1/4/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAron Lee, ‘All In’||Aron “Teo” Lee (Twitter | Facebook) talks to us about owning the support role of bass. Topics include: Roles and responsibilities of the bass player Being in the driver’s seat vs riding shotgun & navigating Commitment to the groove How a rhythm||12/28/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMichael Thomas, ‘Four Notes’||Cellist Michael Thomas talks about the minimum technical skill required to play in a worship band, tells us the secret for how to get the best out of strings, and gives us the inside scoop on employing cello with a rock band.||12/21/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChris Green, ‘What They Enjoy To Do’||Drummer and Audio Installation Engineer Chris Green talks to us about production from a plethora of perspectives. Connect with Chris at 703 300 0300 or avchrisg at yahoo If you liked this episode, also check out Bassist Aron “Teo” Lee’s episode “A||12/14/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSarah Begashaw, ‘Multicultural Worship’||Sarah talks about her origins playing and singing in Venezuela, to leading a band at an intentional multicultural church in Harrisburg, PA. She’s one of the few worship leaders I know who stepped out from behind the comfort of an instrument to lead wor||12/7/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKishore Carey, ‘Honest Worship’||Worship Leader and instrumentalist Kishore Carey talks about building a band in a church plant, his approach to producing, his advice to new band members “Listen more than you play”, and his ultimate goal of “Honest Worship”. Twitter: Chasing A||11/30/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
Professional, accessible, fun.
Pete knows his stuff, and knows how to facilitate an engaging conversation. The podcast is inspiring and interesting, but also give substantive help to band members, band leaders, producers, and the people who work with them. Don't miss it!
Honest and new
A fresh look at the skills needed to build an authentic and effective worship team
A much needed resource for the church.
I believe that listening to these podcasts will help those in worship bands to refine their art, allowing for congregants to think less about the music and more about God during worship services. I have been fascinated by the podcasts I have listened to already and can not wait to hear what is next.