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:
NOMAD- Get Up, Dress Up, Show Up (Babyface, The Career Musician)
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”.
Ramon Yslas- Treat People The Way You Want To Be Treated (Chicago, Christina Aguilera, Lopez Tonight)
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.
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Drew Taubenfeld- Slow and Steady Wins The Race (Kacey Musgraves, Dwight Yoakam, Meghan Trainor)
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.
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Jeffrey Mince- We Are What We Drum (Nina Hagen, Judge Roughneck)
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.
Brandon Rogers- Use What You Got (American Idol, Usher)
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.
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Quarantimes (Star Again)
Alec Benjamin- I Built A Friend
Frankie Rodriguez- In A Heartbeat
Stan Sargeant- 500 Bucks And My Car (Barry Manilow, Keb Mo, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno)
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.
Wonderful, fun and informative. The Eugene Edwards episode was awesome.
This is the most painful podcast I ever listened to.
This podcast is at the top of my list of podcasts and I always look forward to new episodes. The guests are fascinating and Eric is a talented interviewer, and always so well-prepared. The end of the interviews leave me wanting more and I’m always disappointed it’s over. This podcast is a must for any musician. I’m just a piano teacher but educating myself on this side of the music business helps me better guide my students. Incredible podcast - you won’t be disappointed!