The Drum Channel Podcast is where you will hear conversations with the world's greatest drummers and percussionists. Hear their stories and be inspired to take your drumming to the next level.
Podcast Ep 21: Gary Wallis
Gary Wallis is perhaps best known as the percussionist for Pink Floyd in the post-Waters era for both their live and recorded performances.He has worked with a wide range of artists and bands, including Nik Kershaw, Pink Floyd, 10cc, Il Divo, Westlife, Girls Aloud, Atomic Kitten, Paul Carrack, Dusty Springfield, Bonnie Tyler, Mike Rutherford, Mike + The Mechanics, Tom Jones, Jean Michel Jarre, Helene Fischer and Schiller.
As a young drummer/percussionist, Gary Wallis worked with a number of prominent British bands. From 1982 to 1984, he was the drummer for The Truth, working alongside Chris Skornia (Hammond organ/keyboards); Dennis Greaves (guitar); Mick Lister (guitar) and Brian Bethell (bass).
After leaving The Truth, Wallis went on to perform as a percussionist with Style Council (1984–1985). He was invited by David Bowie to perform as a percussionist at the Live Aid concert at JFK Stadium, Philadelphia, 13 July 1985, with Robert Palmer and Power Station, as well as Duran Duran.
In the mid to late eighties, Wallis was drummer for The Krew, the backing band for Nik Kershaw (Riddle and Radio Musicola tours) and Chris Farlowe (1988). It was at a Kershaw concert where his energetic playing and elaborate percussion set-up drew the attention of key Pink Floyd musicians to Gary Wallis.
Podcast Ep: 20 "Whats New For 2019" With Don Lombardi & Adam Kuns
Together Don Lombardi (Drumchannel Founder) and Adam Kuns (DC Faculty) share some exciting news for 2019. There's a lot of new lessons, shows and courses coming this year from the greatest in the world that we are excited to share with you.
Podcast Ep 19: Adam Kuns & Don Lombardi
Together Don Lombardi and Adam Kuns talk about Adams background and share some insight onto the new and updated website. Adam Kuns plays and records professionally with various groups and artist. He has studied with Gregg Bissonette, Chad Wackerman, Dick Weller and many others. He graduated from California State University Northridge as a Jazz Studies major where he had the opportunity to perform with the Jazz “A” Band. When he isn't working on programming the website here at Drum Channel, Adam leads a very busy schedule performing, playing studio sessions, being a musical director, composing/arranging, and transcribing.
EP 18: Jonny Scott
Jonny Scott is the drummer for the popular Scottish band Chvrches. Jonny started out playing professionally on the Glasgow indie scene with momentum quickly building in his career towards joining British-American indie rock band The Kills. In 2013 Jonny played drums on Chvrches’ first album The Bones of What You Believe, featuring on the tracks “Gun” and "Night Sky.” Jonny has been drumming live for Chvrches since March of 2018 and has been pretty much on the road with them ever since appearing at some of the world’s biggest venues and festivals.
Chvrches (pronounced "churches") are a Scottish synth-pop band from Glasgow, formed in September 2011. The band consists of Lauren Mayberry, Iain Cook and Martin Doherty. Mostly deriving from the synth-pop genre, Chvrches also incorporate indietronica, indie pop, and electronic dance into their sound.
What is really impressive about Jonny’s addition to being the live drummer of the band is that he plays most of the programed drum parts all live on one of his two lovely touring Ludwig drum sets along with a set of four vintage Simmons electronic drum pads to his left.
This is the first Drum Channel Podcast episode with only Scottish people. We hope you can understand us! :)
Jonny’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thejonnyscott
Jonny’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/thejonnyscott
Chvrches Website: https://chvrch.es
Paul Jennings (Host) Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/playcajon
EP 17: John Hernandez
Johnny "Vatos" Hernandez's professional drumming career began at age seventeen with a USO tour to South Vietnam. At nineteen, he was playing in local big bands, the LACC Studio Jazz Band and the Si Zenter Big Band. During the same time, Hernandez played in a variety of pit orchestras and backing acts, like Bob Hope, Billy Daniels and Gordon McCray. In the 1970s, he played with The Helen Reddy Band and served as the house drummer of "The Midnight Special" television show. There, he played with acts, such as Frankie Avalon, Petula Clark, Keith Carradine and Martin Mull. When Helen Reddy hosted "The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson," Hernandez had the honor of sitting in with The Doc Severinsen Band. Playing the famous opening theme song was a lifelong thrill.
After having been heard, drumming with Toni Basil's band by composer, Danny Elfman and his longtime orchestrator, Steve Bartek, Hernandez was hired as a session drummer on Elfman's first film score, "The Forbidden Zone" (which continues to have a worldwide cult following). Hernandez joined the original lineup of the famous band, Oingo Boingo, a position he held for seventeen years, until their breakup in 1995. During that time, the band released eight albums, toured the world and played thousands of concerts.
After the breakup of Oingo Boingo, Hernandez joined the band, Tito and Tarantula and was featured in the Robert Rodriguez film, "From Dusk Till Dawn." He had a rewarding time, touring Europe with Tito until 911, but at that point, he decided to return to Los Angeles to play jazz again. In the 1990s, Hernandez returned to regular session work for composers, like Jason Johnson, Steve Bartek and Bear McCreary. He was the drummer for Bear McCreary's hugely popular "Battlestar Galactica" live orchestra concerts.
For the past seven years, Hernandez has been touring with his own, Boingo Dance Party, a high energy, wild Oingo Boingo music show that features former members of Oingo Boingo. As well, Hernandez is the drummer for the Don Kubec Big Band and recently formed his own avant-garde group, Vlatko, featuring composer and arranger, Michael Vlatkovich on trombone (with whom Hernandez has played professionally for the past forty years). Vlatkovich is one of the leading talents among the Los Angeles improvisational scene. Playing unrestricted free style music always will be good for Hernandez's soul.
In November 2012, Hernandez received the esteemed "Los Angeles Certificate of Recognition Award" from the Los Angeles City Council.
Paul Jennings (Host) Instagram: www.instagram.com/playcajon
EP 16: Virgil Donati
Virgil Donati is one of the world’s most well known drummers and drum clinicians. He was born in Melbourne, Australia, where he also launched his career. He got his first drum set aged only two and literally hasn’t put the sticks down since. Since the mid-nineties he has been a household name. Residing in Los Angeles, Virgil is travelling the world as a international drumming superstar, as well as a composer and an educator.
He has performed and toured with the likes of Tommy Emmanuel, Steve Vai and Allan Holdsworth, while maintaining a busy schedule as a band leader and member of numerous recording and touring bands over the years, most notably Loose Change, Southern Sons, On The Virg, Soul Sirkus, Planet X and various incarnations of The Virgil Donati Band and The Virgil Donati Trio.
His natural talent, combined with a herculean work-ethic and never-ending curiosity, has propelled him to an unbelievable performance level.
Paul Jennings (Host) Instagram: www.instagram.com/playcajon
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