Beyond The Music gives you behind-the-stage insights into the players, art, and business of music. Join our host Alan Cross for candid conversations with the best musicians in the world – and get answers to the questions you’ve always wondered: What makes a good musician? How do bands make money? And what does it take to write a hit song? The conversation starts here.
From Band Kid to Rock Legend: Chad Smith's Musical Journey To The Red Hot Chili Peppers
Known for his hard-hitting, funk-rock drumming style, Chad Smith has been inspiring musicians and fans of the Red Hot Chili Peppers for a long time. In his conversation with Alan Cross, Chad talks about the importance of music education in schools, how to take care of yourself physically and mentally as a performer, and what it takes to keep things fresh when creating music. He also shares the experiences that transformed him from a drummer to a musician. And was he attacked by a shark? You’ll have to listen to find out!
The Life of a Road Warrior: Hired Gun Glen Sobel
For beginner drummers wondering how they can make their dream job a reality, Glen Sobel is the inspiration you're looking for. During his experience as a professional drummer, he has performed and toured with various bands and artists, like Alice Cooper, Hollywood Vampires, Mötley Crüe and many others. He's also played in studio bands behind artists such as Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Sarah McLachlan and Weird Al Yankovic. In this episode, Glen answers questions about what it takes to become an established performer in the music industry and what you do once you've got the gig.
How to Become a Piano Rock Star with Lawerence Gowan
Lawerence Gowan is a fantastic example of how to be a piano rock star. His professional music career has undoubtedly impacted the progressive rock scene with his classical training at the Royal Conservatory of Music and using the latest keyboard and synthesizer technology. In addition to releasing his great hits, he also became the lead singer and keyboardist for Styx in 1999. In this episode, hear Gowan share about his love of synthesizers, stories from his musical journey and how to be the “piano hero” of rock.
The Evolution of Online Music Education with Musora's Jared Falk
Jared Falk is well-known not only for being a talented musician but also for creating Drumeo, one of the most popular platforms for aspiring drummers to turn to for accessible online lessons and inspiration from many amazing drummers that Jared works with. Jared is now the chairman and founder of Musora Media, which is the evolution of Drumeo’s lesson model and now includes piano, guitar and singing lessons. In this episode, hear how Jared’s entrepreneurial spirit has helped him grow and evolve as a musician and a business owner in one of the most exciting times in the musical education industry.
The Secret To Reaching Your Goals With Slipknot’s Jay Weinberg
Everyone’s musical journey is unique. Full of ups and downs no matter where you start. Jay Weinberg, who plays the drums for Slipknot, knows this all too well, which has given him great insights to pass along to other musicians searching for direction. In Jay’s conversation with Alan Cross, you will hear about his unique experiences as an artist, like performing live with Bruce Springsteen at 19. And learn from his perspective what it takes to make it big and what it all comes back to: play the music you love because it’s fun.
How To Make It On YouTube: Advice from Rob Scallon
In this episode, Alan Cross has an in-depth conversation with Rob Scallon, a musician well-known for showcasing his guitar-playing talents on his YouTube channel, with many of his videos going viral on more than one occasion. In this interview, Rob shares his insights and tips on what it takes to be successful on YouTube. You will want to listen to this one more than once to ensure you don’t miss any of his great advice for new and seasoned musicians.