Discussions in Percussion
By Damon Grant
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A podcast hosted by Damon Grant and Marcos Torres, two NYC based percussionists interviewing other musicians who have the view from behind. Guests will be mostly other percussion players and anyone else who hits, scratches, and shakes things for a living.
||CleanEpisode #25: Thanks for Listening! (Happy Anniversary)||Damon and Marcos welcome summer by celebrating 25 episodes strong. They open up the mailbag and dedicate the episode to answering listener letters about career and life choices, improvising, social media and music marketing. They also have music news...||6/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#24 Camilo Molina-Gaetán: Percussionist for Eddie Palmieri and More (Part 2, The Lost Files)||Damon and Marcos pick up where they left off talking to Camilo and his studies at the Harbor Boys School, competing in the Thelonious Monk competition at 10yrs old, traveling to Cuba, Bata drumming, living in San Fran, how he got the Eddie...||6/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#23 Samuel Torres: Conga Great, Composer, Arranger & Percussionist for Arturo Sandoval||Damon and Marcos interview conga great Samuel Torres. They talk about his classical upbringing in Bogotá, Colombia, his move to Miami and then to NYC. They talk about different musical adventures he's had and explain traditional Colombian music...||6/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#22 Marcie Chapa: Percussionist for Beyoncé, CeeLo Green and More!||Damon and Marcos interview Marcie Chapa and talk about her upbringing in Houston, her move to the West Coast, her time with Beyoncé, as well as stints with Juvenile, CeeLo and others. There's a bunch of music news, product reviews, a tribute to Gregg...||5/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#21 Camilo Molina-Gaetán: Percussionist for Eddie Palmieri and More! (Part 1)||This is the first half of the interview with Camilo. They talk about him playing with Eddie Palmieri and their residency at Subrosa, How influential his mom was as well as his start at the Boys Harbor School in Harlem. They also talk about music news,...||5/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#20 Eguie Castrillo: Timbale Great & Berklee Percussion Faculty||Damon and Marcos interview Eguie Castrillo and talk about him growing up in Puerto Rico with other master percussionists, teaching at Berklee and his Latin Big Band. They also shoutout the percussion ensemble Nexus, review a new music reader from...||5/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#19 Stefon Harris: 4 Time Grammy Nominated Vibraphone/Marimba Player & Head of Manhattan School of Music Dept. of Jazz||Damon interviews Stefon Harris, and talks about his Harmony Cloud App, his new position at the Manhattan School of Music, his new album he's currently recording and more. Damon and Marcos, talk about music news, and an iconic recording, as well as a...||5/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#18 Andy Tamulynas: Category Manager of Drumsticks & Mallets for Vic Firth/Zildjian Company||Damon interviews Andy Tamulynas, the Category Manager of both Vic Firth and Zildjian drumsticks and mallets. They talk about how the sticks are made, packaged and shipped, how they are reducing their carbon footprint and more. Damon and Marcos talk...||5/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#17 Sarah Hagan: Head of Artist Relations for the Zildjian Cymbal Company||Damon interviews Sarah Hagan in Norwell MA at Zildjian Headquarters, Damon and Marcos talk music news, and wish Tito Puente a Happy Birthday, They also talk about the March for Science, the new Drem Trigger, how Beyonce is starting a scholarship, and...||4/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#16 Valerie Naranjo: Percussionist for SNL, The Lion King and Gyil Master!||Damon and Marcos interview Valerie Naranjo. Talk about SNL, her role with the Lion King as well as her travels to Ghana to learn about the Gyil. They also talk about Coachella, the DIY Musician Conference, Kenny Aronoff's new book, a quick review of...||4/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#15 Dominique Thomas: Percussionist for John Legend, Jill Scott & More!||Damon and Marcos interview Dominique Thomas before he leaves for tour with John Legend. They talk about his influences (people & music), mentors, & gigs he's had. Dom talks about studying in Africa, preparing & auditioning as well as...||4/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#14 Fausto Cuevas III: Percussionist for J. Lo, Stevie Wonder, La Clave Secreta & More!||Damon and Marcos interview Fausto Cuevas III who is the percussionist for J. Lo, Stevie Wonder, Britney Spears, Julio Iglesias, Queen Latifah and so many more. A special music business segment is an interview with Ari Herstand of the Blog Ari's Take....||4/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#13 Dr. Julie Hill: Chair, Dept. of Music at UTM, Past President of PAS, Caixa Percussion Trio & More!||Damon and Marcos talk about essential apps for the working drummer/percussionist, Spotify news and interview Dr. Julie Hill. Julie is the chair of the department of music and percussion faculty of the University of Tennessee at Martin, past president...||3/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#12 Kassandra Kocoshis: Percussionist for Beat Mosaic, Ensemble Español & More!||Damon and Marcos interview multi-percussionist and cajon great Kassandra Kocoshis. They talk about her Flamenco background and transition from Chicago to L.A. They talk about the proposed budget cuts to the NEA/NEH and how to help out with trying to...||3/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#11 SFC Glenn Robertson & SFC Rob Marino: Percussionists for the Army Field Band (& Six String Soldiers)||Damon and Marcos interview Glenn Robertson & Rob Marino who are both Sargent First Class percussionists with the Army Field Band. They talk about the inauguration, musical careers in the military, as well as basic training. They talk music news,...||3/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#10 Aaron Draper: Percussionist for Adele, Rihanna, Dr. Dre, Jill Scott & More!||Damon sits down and interviews Aaron Draper in Philly. They talk about the recent Grammys, as well as Aaron's musical background and previous gigs. Damon and Marcos talk about Women's History Month, Music News featuring Chance the Rapper, Gary...||3/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#9 Scott Kettner: Founder of Nationbeat, Maracatu NY, World Drum Lessons & New School Faculty||This week, Damon and Marcos talk about the Oscars, Mardi Gras, & Sergio Mendes, as well as other music news. Damon sits down with Scott Kettner. Scott is the founder of different musical groups with Brazilian influences, specifically the rhythm...||2/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#8 MSG Mark Reilly: Drum Group Leader for U.S. Army Old Guard Fife & Drum Corps||Damon and Marcos talk to Master Sargent Mark Reilly about the history of rudimental drumming, what the U.S. Army "Old Guard" is all about and other rudimental styles from around the world. They talk about military musician as a career option....||2/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#7 Marcos J. Lopez: Percussionist for Lila Downs, Thalia, Max Weinberg and more!||Damon and "Kilo" talk to Marcos about different music from Puerto Rico, as well as his influences and teachers. They also talk about his various gigs from Lila Downs, Thalia, Max Weinberg, Gilberto Santa Rosa and even when he was younger in groups...||2/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#6 Martin Cohen & Javier Raez: Founder of LP & Producer of Congahead||Damon and Marcos discuss the Superbowl, Beyonce and follow up on the NEA before interviewing Martin Cohen (Founder of LP and Congahead) and Javier Raez (Producer of Congahead content and winner of YouTube's Next Up award). They talk about Martin's...||2/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#5 Randy Gloss: Co-Founder of the Hands On'semble & CalArts Percussion Faculty||In addition to Hands On’Semble, Randy has also worked with an extensive array of artists including: reggae superstar Ziggy Marley (on the Grammy winning album Fly Rasta); pianist Larry Karush; The Lian Ensemble (including the Pangea Project...||1/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#4 Paulo Stagnaro: Percussionist for Ricky Martin||Paulo Stagnaro has established himself as an innovative voice in today's generation of creative young artists. Hailed by jazz great Ralph Peterson as "a young master percussionist," Stagnaro has been a force on the ever-evolving New York scene since...||1/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#3 Thom Hannum: Writer, Arranger, Instructor, & DCI Hall of Fame Recipient||This episode (#3) features an interview with Thom Hannum. Percussion faculty at Umass Amherst, founder of the Mobile Percussion Seminar, & Carolina Crown Drum Corps Captionhead, In the past he was also the writer & arranger for Blast!, Star of...||1/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#2 Kit Chatham: Percussionist for Blast! and Cirque du Soleil||Episode 2, with Kit Chatham in NYC||1/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1 Episode 1- Who the hell are these guys?||This is the "pilot" episode of the podcast, introducing your hosts, Marcos and Damon. Two professional percussionists who will each week have conversations with musicians who hit, scratch and shake stuff. This podcast it is not only geared towards...||1/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Super informative and entertaining!!
Finally a Podcasts thats for the percussionist!!two guys that are on the scene and know what they're talking about.