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Los Angeles based bass player, singer, songwriter, and producer, Eric Baines, interviews music professionals from a variety of fields and genre’s sharing stories from the road as well as tips and trade secrets for people who dream of making their living making music. Eric is currently touring with the legendary band, Chicago, but has toured, performed and recorded with many artists as a bass player and singer such as: Dwight Yoakam Keiko Matsui Air Supply Lucas Grabeel Lee Ritenour Corbin Bleu Gregg Karukas Melissa Manchester Ambrosia Tommy Thayer Danny Seraphine Robby Krieger Bill Champlin Hugh Masakela Ali Woodson Richard Street El Chicano James Brown David Foster Robin Thicke Babyface Nelson Rangell Jackiem Joyner and more…

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United States

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Los Angeles based bass player, singer, songwriter, and producer, Eric Baines, interviews music professionals from a variety of fields and genre’s sharing stories from the road as well as tips and trade secrets for people who dream of making their living making music. Eric is currently touring with the legendary band, Chicago, but has toured, performed and recorded with many artists as a bass player and singer such as: Dwight Yoakam Keiko Matsui Air Supply Lucas Grabeel Lee Ritenour Corbin Bleu Gregg Karukas Melissa Manchester Ambrosia Tommy Thayer Danny Seraphine Robby Krieger Bill Champlin Hugh Masakela Ali Woodson Richard Street El Chicano James Brown David Foster Robin Thicke Babyface Nelson Rangell Jackiem Joyner and more…

Language:

English

Contact:

8183262372


Episodes

RODNEY WIRTZ- Entertaining The Dead (John Legend, Elton John)

10/5/2023
Los Angeles based viola player, Rodney Wirtz, talks about his early troubles with the law and how he used the viola to right his path. He reveals some secrets of playing high pressure movie sessions in L.A. and talks about his multiple income streams. He recalls getting the call to tour with John Legend and the struggles of juggling parenthood and touring. Rodney also reveals the best place to park at the Hollywood Bowl. www.divebarrockstar.com

Duration:01:27:38

ERIC BAINES- The Humanness Of It All (Chicago, Dwight Yoakam, Keiko Matsui)

6/8/2023
Guest host Gary Grantham, interviews host, Eric Baines. Eric talks about what it’s like to play with the legendary band, Chicago. He discusses his first time playing on stage with them and how it has progressed after a year. He reveals the challenges of the launch of this podcast during the pandemic and where he hopes the show will go in the future. He recalls interviewing one of his heroes and how he prepared. Eric also talks about the importance of a college education and when to choose a different route. www.ericbaines.com https://open.spotify.com/artist/329oY3JiCqEB7VQnre7HUY?si=qduzPfWeSKi7hjOPepAkOw www.divebarrockstar.com

Duration:01:22:28

LILLIANA DE LOS REYES- That’s My Ticket (George Benson, Brian Auger)

4/10/2023
Vocalist/percussionist, Lilliana De Los Reyes, recalls getting her first touring gig with the legendary, George Benson, when she was still in college and how she learned to play percussion in 3 weeks to do the audition. She talks about growing up with two parents in the music industry and how that’s helped guide her career. She discusses what it’s like being the only woman on a bus with all men. https://lillianadlr.com/ www.divebarrockstar.com

Duration:01:13:39

KEIKO MATSUI- Capturing Sparkle

4/4/2023
Contemporary jazz pianist, Keiko Matsui, introduces her brand new recording entitled, “Euphoria”. She talks about her extremely unique writing process and her approach to recording her songs. She recalls working with the great, Lalah Hathaway, on a vocal song for the album, something Keiko hasn’t done in years. She remembers some crazy years touring with host, Eric Baines, and how her career got started. www.keikomatsui.com https://open.spotify.com/album/1j1HnzfCgV16TNVdUx2ceX?si=UE-4MayrRbu4cYjwTVPDsw www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNN2tP3R9qc www.divebarrockstar.com

Duration:00:56:00

JAMISON HOLLISTER- Clawing to Compose (Dwight Yoakam, Lisa Marie Presley, American Idol)

2/1/2023
Multi-instrumentalist, Jamison Hollister, talks about his time spent playing with Lisa Marie Presley, her incredible wedding gift to him and his wife, and what it was like to make music with rock royalty. He tells us the secret to learning so many instruments and how he got the gig on the original run of American Idol after just moving to Los Angeles. Jamison also reveals his composing philosophy. www.jamisonhollister.com https://open.spotify.com/artist/3CLPbUd8i6kkgnjZGHqH3Z?si=GWGsfLZzSRWNXP7pfpq6xg www.divebarrockstar.com

Duration:01:18:06

JAMIE HOVORKA- 95% Boredom and 5% Terror (Eagles, Paul McCartney, Maynard Ferguson)

1/10/2023
Trumpet player, Jamie Hovorka, talks about taking on the pressure of lead chair in the University of North Texas 1 O’clock Lab Band and how that compares to the Los Angeles music scene. He tells the story of working on horn parts with Paul McCartney and the first time he played with the iconic band, Eagles. He talks about working with Danny Seraphine in his band, California Transit Authority (CTA). www.bestbrass.com www.divebarrockstar.com

Duration:01:33:39

TODD MCCOOL- Better Yeses (Mad T Party, Members Only Yacht Club, Faultlines)

12/23/2022
Guitarist/vocalist, Todd McCool, explains his journey from Indiana to Los Angeles and how he pieced together his chops on guitar. He reflects on his time working at Disney’s California Adventure in the Mad T Party show and how that lead to many other gigs. He talks about overcoming shyness and meeting his heroes. www.toddmccool.com https://open.spotify.com/artist/4ZuzTGbDezYomaVjc1rrUv?si=_tqlf0PXRsisyIG8rJxmiA https://open.spotify.com/artist/1Qb19cmq7CF78CJTvVnp5w?si=wuGjDyBfRuS_sCj05dJ-gw www.divebarrockstar.com

Duration:01:27:51

NOMAD- Get Up, Dress Up, Show Up (Babyface, The Career Musician)

10/12/2022
Guitarist, Michael Ripoll aka Nomad, talks about his 12 years as musical director and guitarist for singer/songwriter/producer, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds. He tells his story of auditioning for the artist and how it was to work for him. He discusses his decision to move to Los Angeles and his recording on many movie soundtracks. Nomad also introduces his new online course entitled “Pro-level Sessions from Home” and talks about his podcast, “The Career Musician”. www.thecareermusician.com https://proseries.thecareermusician.com/a/2147520926/2cwFLLUo https://nomadsplace.com https://open.spotify.com/artist/7F9YgwkCgNjCl2PL4iDYh1?si=xbzati8qQECyCj1NQDArIw www.divebarrockstar.com

Duration:01:32:21

Ramon Yslas- Treat People The Way You Want To Be Treated (Chicago, Christina Aguilera, Lopez Tonight)

8/23/2022
Percussionist, Ramon Yslas, tells his story of joining the band Chicago. He talks about the balance between career and family when you’re a road musician. He goes deep into his songwriting style and how he got a song on the new Chicago record released this summer. Host, Eric Baines, talks about his new job as bass player/vocalist for the band Chicago. www.Yslas.com Yslas Burns: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3dcFSA06qRY08DfqXm2Wcl?si=Ac4MWjAnQV2F12YNJH8tSw Chicago: Born For This Moment: https://open.spotify.com/album/4Z9XtIhyzMbnB9xTE89tzr?si=EKOi-tB6S6WXAtQXFrRJyw www.divebarrockstar.com

Duration:01:43:38

Drew Taubenfeld- Slow and Steady Wins The Race (Kacey Musgraves, Dwight Yoakam, Meghan Trainor)

12/24/2021
Multi-instrumentalist and Musical Director, Drew Taubenfeld, talks about the nuances of networking as a new musician in town. He reflects on his years at Berklee College Of Music with an injury that prevented him from playing his instrument. He reveals what he looks for when hiring musicians and what you should have on your social media account. Drew discusses how he got started in Los Angeles and how he’s been able to rise among the ranks of musical directors. www.drewtaubenfeld.com Seasons: https://open.spotify.com/album/6erAYXUemywj4fAc68p3k0?si=tYjaYNkbRTaUKfj0lOSTzg Hootenanny 1 mic https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaqEJPaky3ZTLoeuI1r7Hfg/videos www.divebarrockstar.com

Duration:01:36:57

Jeffrey Mince- We Are What We Drum (Nina Hagen, Judge Roughneck)

8/10/2021
Drummer, Producer, Jeffrey Mince, walks through his emotional journey from touring drummer to full time Buddhist monk and back to drumming. He tells his story of moving from Denver to Los Angeles and how he landed the gig with German punk rocker, Nina Hagen. He talks about his experience being signed with a band to a major label only to be dropped before the record was even released. Jeff also discusses the challenges of living in a smaller music scene. www.jeffreymince.com www.divebarrockstar.com

Duration:01:14:10

Brandon Rogers- Use What You Got (American Idol, Usher)

7/20/2021
Singer, Songwriter, Producer, Brandon Rogers, talks about his soon to be released EP and shares an early listen of two of the songs. He reflects on his experience on Season 6 of American Idol and explains his mixed emotions about being voted off. He discusses his time in quarantine and the songs that came out of it. Brandon also explains how he got to be the voice of Oha in the new Coming 2 America movie. B. Random- Finish Line https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtSVPwDImx8 Quarantimes (Star Again) https://youtu.be/fKRmfp9NEg8 Alec Benjamin- I Built A Friend https://open.spotify.com/track/68XhCrBajUR64h6wv4eYYW?si=6186b5afb5464027 Frankie Rodriguez- In A Heartbeat https://youtu.be/Rkvvfb9NvtA www.divebarrockstar.com

Duration:01:33:45

Stan Sargeant- 500 Bucks And My Car (Barry Manilow, Keb Mo, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno)

12/29/2020
From his home in Venice, Italy, bass player, singer, songwriter, Stan Sargeant, talks about recording his new album, “String Theory” during the pandemic and in two different countries. He recalls what it was like working on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and the not so grueling, TV show schedule. He reveals how he got from studying biology at Howard University to being one of the busiest bass players in Los Angeles. www.stansargeant.com String Theory: https://open.spotify.com/album/7mVqQxeE3QxDFK0QGkFn8t?si=eVIXw8FpSyaMH5rwUWgnNA www.divebarrockstar.com

Duration:01:15:44

Autumn Grabeel- The Big Announcement

12/22/2020
Talent manager and wife of the host, Autumn Grabeel, reveals a big secret announcement. She tells the story of meeting Eric Baines on the High School Musical Concert Tour. She reveals some of the ups and downs of dating a working musician. She reflects on hearing her singing voice on a recording for the first time while making Christmas music with her husband. Christmas Music: https://www.youtube.com/user/AutumnandEric/featured www.divebarrockstar.com

Duration:00:58:20

Greg Camp- I Love Left Turns (Smash Mouth, The Selectrics)

12/15/2020
Songwriter, Guitarist, Vocalist, Greg Camp recalls his days in the world famous pop/punk band, Smash Mouth. He talks about his experience as the main songwriter and what it’s like writing for someone else’s voice. He reveals his songwriting process and the difference between writing pop songs and writing for film. Greg tells some of the stories behind the songs on his solo record, Defektor. He talks about working with his wife in their band, The Selectrics, and explains his love of the Fender Jazzmaster guitar. Defektor: https://open.spotify.com/album/27WoLfDWg1by5ibZetZARr?si=SKyoVqzqSRShN4d85WuIew The Selectrics: https://open.spotify.com/album/5FCI3KdTOs2uXrpC4axUjo?si=6877IQyMT7yd8fDQCIRjUw www.divebarrockstar.com

Duration:01:22:40

Walter Ino- Next Thing You Know…(Eagles Of Death Metal, The Babys)

12/8/2020
Multi-instrumentalist, Walter Ino, reflects on his time growing up and playing music in Pittsburgh, PA and how he got from there to his current home of Los Angeles, CA. He talks about his time playing with the iconic 80s rock band, Survivor, and what it was like working with all of the band's lead singers. He tells some audition stories and discusses the importance of networking. Walter talks about his path to becoming an orchestrator and having a truly diverse career. He also reveals the history of two “Waiting For Monday” songs. YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjkMtYC_qu9ynURIaH09vkA Waiting For Monday: https://open.spotify.com/album/764loqGIi3sdSlSARDkadp?si=0ltEZyxAT9-Mb8W7ydoZ_A www.divebarrockstar.com

Duration:01:37:54

The Demo-(Mini Episode)

12/1/2020
This week, host, Eric Baines, features his original demo that he used to network when he first made the move to Los Angeles. He talks about the tragic death of singer Winston Ford and does a shout out to the musicians of Denver, CO. www.divbarrockstar.com

Duration:00:22:35

Joe Travers- Happy Franksgiving! (Joe Satriani, Dweezil/Ahmet Zappa, Duran Duran)

11/24/2020
Drummer, Joe Travers, reflects on his years as the “Vaultmeister” for the Zappa Family Trust and explains his duties there. He talks about his first gig in Los Angeles with Dweezil and Ahmet Zappa which was attended by Frank Zappa himself. He gives an inside look into his time touring with Duran Duran and how he got the gig. Joe remembers his journey from Berklee College of Music to California where his career took off and talks about the upcoming documentary, “Zappa”. Zappa Movie Trailer: https://youtu.be/U4F0rT0F6OQ Waiting For Monday: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/37i9dQZF1EF4KeKRXZUK7N?si=YE7AfbXvSr-x7Dbfoc2kVg www.divebarrockstar.com

Duration:01:28:55

The Cutting Room- (Eugene Edwards, Michael Bluestein, Bernie Dresel, Bill Cinque)

11/17/2020
This episode reveals parts of past conversations that were cut from previous episodes. Eugene Edwards discusses Eddie Van Halen, Billie Eilish and Bing Crosby. Bernie Dresel talks about what it’s like to play with Keiko Matsui and the power of singers in an instrumental world. Bill Cinque speaks to the current state of pop music and musicianship. “Why Corona?”, a song by Michael Bluestein, is also featured in it’s entirety. This episode is dedicated to musicians and music industry professionals who are out of work due to the pandemic. www.divebarrockstar.com

Duration:00:46:06

Leland Sklar- Embrace Everything (Phil Collins, James Taylor)

11/10/2020
One of the most recorded bass players ever, Leland Sklar, reminisces about his experience growing up in Los Angeles in the 60s and 70s. He tells the story of meeting James Taylor which changed the direction of his life and career. He talks about the first time playing with drummer and pop icon, Phil Collins. He reveals his preference between studio playing and playing live. Lee also explains what he likes in a bass tone and what he likes to hear on stage. www.lelandsklarsbeard.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCs5yDeiOgkyRZGZGphlSbIw The Immediate Family: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3gdGV7INOTNG7dYBeCSGVm?si=o9nU5TgWQ2q3IhcJh347cA www.divebarrockstar.com

Duration:01:30:20