Richie Gajate-Garcia is a drummer, percussionist, clinician and educator. He has traveled the world and recorded with many renown artists. His nickname is "El Pulpo" (which means the octopus in Spanish) a nickname given to him for his unique independence and ability to play multiple percussion instruments simultaneously. Gajate is a sought after percussionist who has accompanied artists such as Phil Collins, Sting, Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Diana Ross, Hiroshima, Patti Labelle, Amy Grant, Brooks and Dunn, Luis Miguel, John Denver, Art Garfunkel and many, many more. He has recorded on soundtracks to films such as " The Italian Job", "Maid in Manhattan" with Jennifer Lopez, "I-Spy" with Eddie Murphy and the classic "The Mummy Returns" with the London Symphony. He is the percussionist of choice for the Disney studios and has played on many of the Disney Animated films such as; Kronk's New Groove, Emperor's New Groove, Brother Bear, and Robots.
0:00:00 Richie Gajate-Garcia Intro
0:01:00 How Richie got nicknamed El Pulpo
0:01:15 Inventing the Gajate Bracket out of necessity
0:02:15 Playing with Frankie Valli and Donna Summer
0:04:15 Make sure to get royalties for your inventions
0:05:00 Adventures in Rhythm Instructional Video (worldwide)
0:05:45 Multiple percussion in contemporary music
0:08:00 Negotiating Royalties
0:12:00 Richie's products on the market
0:12:45 Working on Disney's Coco
0:13:00 Working with Germaine Franco, composer
0:13:15 Working with Alex Acuna, Brian Kilgore, and Walter Rodriguez
0:14:15 Royalty checks are a blessing during COVID
0:14:45 Working on Mr. & Ms. Smith with Nomad
0:15:00 The Musician's Union AMF Local 47, and Pensions
0:16:00 Richie's connection to Erik-G
0:16:45 Tito Puente's influence on Richie
0:17:45 Being raised in Puerto Rico
0:19:45 Working with Diana Ross and Frankie Valli
0:21:45 If you learn Latin music you can play any other style
0:23:15 Richie's career as an education
0:23:30 Earning his honorary doctorate later in life
0:24:15 Evading the Vietnam war by going to college
0:25:00 Springfield College, IL
0:26:00 American Conservatory of Music, Chicago
0:26:15 Working for Barbara Eden, I dream of Genie
0:28:15 Doctorate from Lincoln College
0:29:45 How do you manage you assets?
0:30:00 700 clinics all over the world
0:31:15 Teaching at Musician's Institute, Hollywood
0:32:00 Instruction videos for LP Latin Percussion
0:32:30 How do develop limb independence?
0:33:15 Play Cajon Now! (video and book)
0:35:45 Erik-G and Richie 2-Man-Band-Circus
0:38:30 Roland Gajate-Garcia with Dancing WIth The Stars
0:39:30 Aha moment for Richie?
0:40:00 Gigs don't last forever, think ahead
0:41:50 Working with Phil Colins
0:42:30 Working on Disney's Tarzan
0:43:15 Working with Sting, Amy Grant, and Art Garfunkel
0:44:15 Working on Emperor's New Groove with Tom Jones
0:44:30 Tony Orlando and Dawn in Vegas and Atlantic City
0:46:15 Art Garfunkel doesn't like drums
0:48:30 Roland Gajate picking up Richie's gigs
0:49:30 Working with Patti Labelle and two drum sets
0:50:30 Teaching Christopher Cross about the cajon
0:51:45 Winning grammies with Luis Miguel and Hiroshima
0:52:15 Playing for Celia Cruz's final performance
0:53:00 How does Richie define success?
0:57:00 Richie working in the lingerie section at Sears!
1:00:30 Protocols for subbing-for out subbing-out
1:03:00 Recording for Nomad y Los Guapos Malos at Redbull Studios
1:04:15 Rapid Fire!