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Discussions in Percussion

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.
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Dec 26, 2018

It's Christmas!!! Damon interviews Jon Hazilla in Boston at Berklee College of music. They talk about his upbringing, moving to NYC, spirituality and teaching among other things. Marcos joins and they talk about giving back, product reviews, iconic recordings, music news and more!

Dec 19, 2018

Damon and Marcos interview Iain Moyer and talk about his balancing act of writing, teaching, playing and family. They talk about skills he learned and experiences and other adventures along the way. There's also a birthday shoutout to Marcos, gig alerts, gift ideas/product reviews, an iconic recording, and music news.

Dec 12, 2018

Damon interviews Rónán Ó Snodaigh the bodhrán master in Dublin and they talk about his background, the bodhrán, as well as lots of other fun tidbits. Marcos joins and they talk about more ideas for holiday shopping, an iconic recording, picking out a bodhrán and a tipper, Grammy nominations, music news and more!

Dec 5, 2018

Damon interviews Iúri Oliveira and they talk about how percussion in Europe is different then the western part of the world. There's talk on how he transitioned from playing music part time to making it a full time job. Iúri talks about his educational path and more. Marcos joins and they talk about gig alerts, educational spotlights, product reviews, listener letters, an iconic recording and music news.

Nov 28, 2018

We somehow made it to episode 100. Damon interviews Pete Lockett at the legendary Jazz Cafe. They talk about his upbringing, expanding his percussion palatte, the app he created and much more. Marcos joins and there's an iconic recording, product reviews, music news and some other tomfoolery.

Nov 20, 2018

Damon talks to Nate Wood about his fOUR project, the band Kneebody, even his mixing and mastering of records among lots of other things. There's also an educational spotlight, product review, musical playlist, music news and more!

Nov 14, 2018

Damon and Marcos interview Ed Choi over several time zones in three different countries. They talk about his upbringing in Canada and the USA, with his start in drum corps and education from some of the greatest educators ever. The talk about some of the mysteries of how to pursue being a classically trained orchestral musician as well as some of the other jobs available in that realm. There's also an iconic recording, an educational spotlight and some music news.

Nov 6, 2018

Damon interviews Andy Smith and they talk about his upbringing in CT, attending Berklee to Umass to Nashville and eventually to Texas with all the adventures he has along the way. Marcos Joins and there's an iconic recording, product reviews, music news and more!

Oct 31, 2018

Damon talks to Nick Angelis about starting drums at age 5, playing in drum corps, learning from the masters of rudimental drumming, Blast! going to Umass Amherst, Brass Theater, getting a masters degree, teaching at the University of Cincinnati and more! Marcos joins to talk about various gig alerts, new songs out, social soundbytes, product reviews, and iconic recording and music news.

Oct 24, 2018

Damon and Marcos interview Chris Robley of CD Baby and he answers questions from listeners about understanding streaming, royalties, monetization, sync licensing and so much more! They dig into some of the new ways the business of music is being conducted in this new era. There's also festival alerts, educational spotlight, and iconic recording and music news!

Oct 17, 2018

Damon and Marcos talk with Taku Hirano while he's on tour with Fleetwood Mac. They talk about his upbringing in California and start with classical percussion, then going to Berklee, and expanding his horizon with learning percussion from Cuba/the Caribbean, the Middle East, Japan and more. He's one of the most in demand percussionists on the scene today, and he talks about what goes into making that happen as well as other fun tidbits. There's also some gear talk, music news, festival alerts and other segments.

Oct 10, 2018

Damon and Marcos talk to Jessie Caraballo about growing up in New England then moving to Florida. They talk about starting on drums, moving to timbales and then combining the two and so much more! There's also an iconic recording, festival alerts and educational spotlight and music news!

Oct 3, 2018

Damon and Marcos talk to Carter about his new book, the Four Hands Drumming website, why he quit drumming and the comeback. There's some gear talk and much more! There's some new albums out, festival alerts, an iconic recording and RIP to Jerry Gonzalez, along with music news.

Sep 26, 2018

Damon chops it up with Nate and they talk about Indiana to North Texas. His brother Nick, and the move to NYC. They talk about winning Grammys, the album Snarky Puppy just finished recording as well as the upcoming Ghost Note tour (and new album). Nate drops a lot of wisdom on various topics. Marcos joins to talk about an iconic recording, product reviews, gig alerts, a couple of educational spotlights, music news and more!

Sep 19, 2018

Damon interviews Josh Dion and talks about his upbringing as well as how he started playing drums and then learning that he could sing as well. They talk about how Paris Monster was formed and the details on how that band works and more. Marcos joins Damon to talk about an iconic recording, educational spotlight, social soundbyte, music news and much more!

Sep 12, 2018

Damon sits down with Thom Hannum, Colin McNutt & Ian Hale at Umass Amherst. They talk about what goes into creating a great program, and keeping it consistent from year to year as well as other fun tidbits (Some selected info was redacted to protect the innocent). Marcos joins Damon to talk product reviews, an iconic recording, gig alerts, music news and other segments.

Sep 5, 2018

Damon interviews Doug and talks about his beginnings, what he's up to now and the adventures in between. He talks about playing on Broadway, inventing the one handed triangle for LP, beating cancer and more! Marcos joins Damon to talk about upcoming gig alerts, product reviews, an iconic recording, music news and more!

Aug 29, 2018

It's Damon's Birthday and he loses his voice. Marcos interviews Walfredo Sr. and is taken on a history of historic events in his musical life. There's also some music news, gig alerts, & a recap of recent events that Damon joins Marcos for.

Aug 22, 2018

Damon interviews Jon Epcar and talks about drumming on Broadway, as well as touring bands. Moving from L.A. to NYC and more. There's also an iconic recording, social soundbyte, music news and more!

Aug 15, 2018

Damon and Marcos talk to Paulo about the new educational lesson site, Conga Chops (dot com) and what the site offers and how you can use it to become a better player. Then Damon talks to Ryan Gruss, founder of the Loop Loft, about the new acquisition of his company by Native Instruments, as well as what is to come. There's also an educational spotlight, an iconic recording, product reviews and music news!

Aug 8, 2018

Damon interviews Jim Ancona, band director at the University of Delaware. Percussion arranger for groups like Star of Indiana (1993), Crossmen (1998), Blast!, Carolina Crown and so many more. They talk about his upbringing and tutelage, tips for writing and being a well rounded percussionist. Marcos joins to talk about and educational spotlight (new conga chops lessons), product reviews, an iconic recording picked by Charlie Hunter, music news and more!

Aug 1, 2018

Damon gets to interview Ian Hale who is not only a great percussionist, but also a phenomenal educator with programs like the Calgary Stampede, Spirit of America, Carolina Crown, The Boston Crusaders and so many more groups. Marcos joins to talk about a product review, an iconic recording, music news and more!

Jul 25, 2018

Damon and Marcos get to sit down with Gerald Myles and talk a lot about education. From setting up your own teaching studio, to tips and suggestions to have a full studio, teach when you want and choose the gigs that you want to play. This interview is jam packed with info. Also, there are product reviews, an educational spotlight, music news and more!

Jul 18, 2018

Damon sits down in Brooklyn with Dani Markham and talks about the Louisville Leopards, TuneYards and Childish Gambino among other things. Damon and Marcos also talk music news, an educational spotlight, an iconic recording, #newbeattuesday and more!

Jul 11, 2018

Damon talks with Negah Santos about her upbringing in Sao Paulo, move to NYC, how she got the gig on the Stephen Colbert show and more. Damon and Marcos have Jeremy Bosch hang out with them and pick the iconic recording. There's also educational spotlights, festival alerts , shoutout to Sir Ringo Starr on for his 78th bday, and music news!

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