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Music's Elite Seat: With Dan Lewis

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A Conversational Podcast Series With Some Of The World's Most Elite Music Professionals. Come And See Who Takes The Seat!

A Conversational Podcast Series With Some Of The World's Most Elite Music Professionals. Come And See Who Takes The Seat!


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A Conversational Podcast Series With Some Of The World's Most Elite Music Professionals. Come And See Who Takes The Seat!






Music's Elite Seat // Episode 13 // Tony Succar

Tony Succar is a two-time Latin GRAMMY award-winning artist, producer and composer/arranger. Born in Lima, Peru, and raised in Miami, Florida, Succar earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Jazz Performance from Florida International University in 2008 and his master’s degree in 2010. In 2018, Tony was nominated for the Latin GRAMMY for Best Tropical Song, “Me Enamoro Más de Ti.” He received four nominations in 2019 for his album, Más de Mi, winning Producer of the Year and Best Salsa Album...


Music's Elite Seat // Episode 12 // Jonathan "Ginger" Hamilton

Taking the elite seat today is one of the busiest and best musicians out of the UK Jonathan “Ginger” Hamilton who’s Most known for his drumming work with the amazing Sam Smith. As well as playing for Sam, Jonathan has literally been a pro musician since the age of 14, playing with big gospel artists around London before moving into the mainstream pop music scene at 18. This is literally a guy who’s seen and done it all, and I’m extremely grateful for your time Jonathan! In this conversation...


Music's Elite Seat // Episode 11 // Devon Eisenbarger

In the elite seat today is the incredible Devon Eisenbarger. Devon plays guitar for the megastar Katy Perry, which has taken her all over the globe, She’s also played with Zayn Malik on the Pillowtalk tour in which we also delve in to. We speak about everything ranging from her technical workouts on the guitar, to touring with one of the biggest artists on the planet to auditions, the universe and everything in between. I honestly can’t thank you enough devon for being such a rockstar and an...


Music's Elite Seat // Episode 10 // Henrique De Almeida

In this episode I'm incredibly lucky to have an hour of one of the busiest teachers on the planets time. Henrique De Almeida is a professor at the worlds best music college [Berklee College of Music] and has been for the last 10 years. Along with this remarkable achievement, he's a world class musician, and has played some of the biggest gigs around. I catch up with Henrique while he's setting up his new drum school in Colorado. I'm so grateful to Erika for helping me set this up and to...


Music's Elite Seat // Episode 9 // Eric "Pik Funk" Smith

In this conversation I speak with the incredible Eric "Pik Funk" Smith. Eric is best know for his work playing Bass guitar for superstars Justin Timberlake, Janet Jackson, Rhianna, P.Diddy and much more. In this conversation we talk everything touring, family and work-life balance, reading and auditions. Thank you so much Eric for being literally one of the coolest most insightful people I've ever spoken to. There's so much in this to digest and I thoroughly enjoyed the analogy's. Thank you...


Music's Elite Seat // Episode 8 // Kyle Keegan

Kyle Keegan plays drums for the folk turned alternative sensation artist Ben Howard. Amongst playing some of the greatest and biggest shows on the music circuit, recording for Ben on his last two albums and touring the world, we pretty much cover everything in this conversation. This one is a personal one for me, being a huge Ben Howard fan, and I can't thank Kyle enough for his time and humility. He gives advice on everything from becoming a sustaining a career in music, to his achievements...


Music's Elite Seat // Episode 7 // Rich Redmond

Rich Redmond is an incredibly diverse, energetic and inspirational person. He has been playing drums for the country phenomenon Jason Aldean for the last 20 years and achieved 26 #1 singles in the billboard charts throughout his playing career. Rich diversified into becoming a motivational speaker and uses his expert knowledge of live drums in his speeches and incorporates the instrument that got him where he is today. Rich also acts, is an author of drum books and has his own podcast The...


Music's Elite Seat // Episode 6 // Ben Cohn

[MISSING INTRO] How is the show going? It’s going great…you know, we’re rolling, we’re heading towards a year, which is unbelievable. It’s going great! We have lots of new cast members on the horizon and things like that… Yeah! There’s a cast change coming up, right? Ben Platt being one of the major changes… Yeah, so Ben leaves November 19th is his last show and we’ve got like an interim Evan Hansen in between I guess like November to January-ish, and then we have a full time one...


Music's Elite Seat // Episode 5 // Tom Marsh

Tom Marsh is a multi-instrumentalist and producer who has played drums for the superstar artist Lana Del Rey for the past 9 years. In this conversation we talk everything from how he got started, following his passions in and outside of his playing life, playing in front of 200,000 people in Sao Paulo Brazil to playing the PINNACLE of British pop excellence, Glastonbury Festival Pyramid Stage (which is one of the funniest and most surreal stories I've heard). Mixed in with some incredible...


Music's Elite Seat // Episode 4 // Jake Sommers

Jake Sommers is the current Drummer for the Country sensation Luke Combs. Jake grew up in New York, and after completing his Jazz Studies at University of the Arts, moved to Nashville to pursue his playing career there. Being from a wider musical variety Jake has incredibly high levels of reading, and a great understanding of many styles of music. He’s endorsed by Sabian Cymbals, Evans Drumheads, and ProMark Drumsticks. I caught up with Jake from Nashville, where he was in between Luke Combs...


Music's Elite Seat // Episode 3 // Mike Sleath

Mike Sleath is one of the most talented drummers to come out of Canada who is currently about to embark on a yearlong world tour with artist Shawn Mendes. Other notable names Mike has worked with include Cody Simpson, Francesco Yates, Conor Maynard, Jessie McCartney and more. During his time with Shawn, there is little Mike hasn’t done. Shows in the United States like The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, The Ellen Degenerous Show, The American Music Awards, Saturday Night Live, The Late Late...


Music's Elite Seat // Episode 2 // Sean McDaniel

Sean McDaniel is currently the drummer for the new Disney show Frozen. Sean’s accolades include playing for Grammy and Tony award winning The Book of Mormon on Broadway and for American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken. On Broadway he also originated the Grammy and Tony award winning Spamalot, 9 to 5, La Cage Aux Folles, and Violet. Other shows Sean has developed include Hamilton, Newsies, and Frozen. He appears on the Frozen soundtrack plus albums by Audra McDonald, Stephanie Block, and Clay...


Music's Elite Seat // Episode 1 // Seth Rausch

Seth Rausch is one of the best and busiest Drummers in Nashville. His resumé reads like a who's who of the Nashville music scene. Seth is (and has been for 6 years) Keith Urban's Drummer. He's also played extensively with Little Big Town and many others. Originally from upstate New York, Seth began playing drums at the age of three. By age nine, he was sitting in with local bands and even backing up his elementary school choir. He’s been in the Nashville music scene for 15 years. When Seth...


Music's Elite Seat // Introduction

This is an introduction to my series and to me. Thank you so much for listening.