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Music's Elite Seat: With Dan Lewis

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A Conversational Podcast Series With Some Of The World's Most Elite Music Professionals. Come And See Who Takes The Seat!
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Tony Succar is a two-time Latin GRAMMY award-winning artist, producer and composer/arranger. Born in Lima, Peru, and raised in Miami, Florida, Succar earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Jazz Performance from Florida International University in 2008 and his master’s degree in 2010. In 2018, Tony was nominated for the Latin GRAMMY for Best Tropical Song, “Me Enamoro Más de Ti.” He received four nominations in 2019 for his album, Más de Mi, winning Producer of the Year and Best Salsa Album and making history as the youngest winner to ever win both categories. Tony went on to direct and produce his documentary  "MAS DE MI," chronicling his journey from unknown indie artist to Latin Grammy winner, which he released in May 2021, in tandem with his new album “Live in Peru.” Tony has also produced, co-directed, and is featured leading the Raíces Jazz Orchestra in the documentary “Roots of Latin Jazz,”, which premieres on PBS in July 2021. His musical diversity is well-known in the industry, having worked with an impressive array of talented artists, including Tito Nieves, India, Jon Secada, Marc Anthony, Sheila E., Arturo Sandoval, Judith Hill, and Obie Bermudez, among others. His latest single "Tu Mejor Equivocación," is a collaboration with Tik Tok sensation  YX that fuses Salsa and Trap sounds. Tony’s debut album, UNITY: The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson, had tremendous success, reaching Billboard’s #1 Tropical Album Music Chart, iTunes' #1 World Latin Chart, and also became a primetime PBS special. In 2021, Tony was elected to the Latin Grammy Board of Governors for the South Florida area. For more information: www.tonysuccar.com - Thank you so much Gabriel for setting up, and a MASSIVE thank you to Tony for being so cool, kind and incredible. I hope you all enjoy! [Episode Recorded In 2021]
Taking the elite seat today is one of the busiest and best musicians out of the UK Jonathan “Ginger” Hamilton who’s Most known for his drumming work with the amazing Sam Smith. As well as playing for Sam, Jonathan has literally been a pro musician since the age of 14, playing with big gospel artists around London before moving into the mainstream pop music scene at 18. This is literally a guy who’s seen and done it all, and I’m extremely grateful for your time Jonathan! In this conversation we talk about his new clothing line, which he started during this pandemic, his life on tour with various big time UK artists and many other things. Thanks Jonathan for being such a humble and kind bloke! Thank you all for listening and I really hope you enjoy! Be sure to follow @musicseliteseat on instagram and subscribe to musicseliteseat on youtube! Enjoy all! [Episode Recorded In 2021]
In the elite seat today is the incredible Devon Eisenbarger. Devon plays guitar for the megastar Katy Perry, which has taken her all over the globe, She’s also played with Zayn Malik on the Pillowtalk tour in which we also delve in to. We speak about everything ranging from her technical workouts on the guitar, to touring with one of the biggest artists on the planet to auditions, the universe and everything in between. I honestly can’t thank you enough devon for being such a rockstar and an insanely cool and good person. I had an absolute blast speaking with you! Thank you all for listening and be sure to follow @musicseliteseat on instagram and subscribe to the new youtube channel, which is about to have a LOAD of content posted over the next few months! Thank you, and enjoy! [Episode Recorded In 2021]
In this episode I'm incredibly lucky to have an hour of one of the busiest teachers on the planets time. Henrique De Almeida is a professor at the worlds best music college [Berklee College of Music] and has been for the last 10 years. Along with this remarkable achievement, he's a world class musician, and has played some of the biggest gigs around. I catch up with Henrique while he's setting up his new drum school in Colorado. I'm so grateful to Erika for helping me set this up and to Henrique for your invaluable advice, insights and time. Thank you all for listening. [Episode Recorded In 2021]
In this conversation I speak with the incredible Eric "Pik Funk" Smith. Eric is best know for his work playing Bass guitar for superstars Justin Timberlake, Janet Jackson, Rhianna, P.Diddy and much more. In this conversation we talk everything touring, family and work-life balance, reading and auditions. Thank you so much Eric for being literally one of the coolest most insightful people I've ever spoken to. There's so much in this to digest and I thoroughly enjoyed the analogy's. Thank you all for listening,[Episode Recorded In 2021]
Kyle Keegan plays drums for the folk turned alternative sensation artist Ben Howard. Amongst playing some of the greatest and biggest shows on the music circuit, recording for Ben on his last two albums and touring the world, we pretty much cover everything in this conversation. This one is a personal one for me, being a huge Ben Howard fan, and I can't thank Kyle enough for his time and humility. He gives advice on everything from becoming a sustaining a career in music, to his achievements to date, having no clue how big Glastonbury pyramid stage was to play and everything in between. Thank you for listening! [Episode Recorded In 2021]
Rich Redmond is an incredibly diverse, energetic and inspirational person. He has been playing drums for the country phenomenon Jason Aldean for the last 20 years and achieved 26 #1 singles in the billboard charts throughout his playing career. Rich diversified into becoming a motivational speaker and uses his expert knowledge of live drums in his speeches and incorporates the instrument that got him where he is today. Rich also acts, is an author of drum books and has his own podcast The Rich Redmond Podcast, which is definitely worth checking out. In this instalment we talk everything from playing the biggest stages and TV shows on the planet, to life advice to living and fulfilling your dreams. Thank you to everyone who's listening and thank you Rich for such an energy fulfilling chat. [Episode Recorded In 2021]
[MISSING INTRO] How is the show going? It’s going great…you know, we’re rolling, we’re heading towards a year, which is unbelievable. It’s going great! We have lots of new cast members on the horizon and things like that… Yeah! There’s a cast change coming up, right? Ben Platt being one of the major changes… Yeah, so Ben leaves November 19th is his last show and we’ve got like an interim Evan Hansen in between I guess like November to January-ish, and then we have a full time one coming in January. That great! So, talking in almost major steps, how did you get to the position you’re in now? Well… it’s been a long journey [Laughs]. I came here for grad school mainly and while I was there I worked as a pianist and, you know, anything from auditions to classes, to working with individual actors and performers and musicians and things like that. Just any kind of freelance work with any musician I could, and, you know, I sort of built up a reputation as I went and then started to slowly get different jobs, and I started subbing in to orchestras and bands on Broadway and then sort of slowly made my way in to a permanent position at Wicked…I was there for a very long time…and then Dear Evan Hansen was actually something I was working on over the past few years, they brought me in early on during readings and workshops, and then just stayed with it, and then when time came for it to go to Broadway, I sort of had to make the decision whether to leave Wicked and do it, and I did, and here I am. That’s the quick version [Laughs]. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Ben Cohn is one of the top Musical directors on Broadway today currently the MD for the highly acclaimed, 6 time Tony Award winning musical ‘Dear Evan Hansen’. Having previously spent 10 years at Wicked on Broadway, Ben has many incredible stories and advice for many wanting to go into similar careers. I caught up with Ben from his home in New York just after an evening performance of Dear Evan Hansen.  [Episode Recorded In 2017]
Tom Marsh is a multi-instrumentalist and producer who has played drums for the superstar artist Lana Del Rey for the past 9 years. In this conversation we talk everything from how he got started, following his passions in and outside of his playing life, playing in front of 200,000 people in Sao Paulo Brazil to playing the PINNACLE of British pop excellence, Glastonbury Festival Pyramid Stage (which is one of the funniest and most surreal stories I've heard). Mixed in with some incredible anecdotes are pieces of advice that will stand any musician in good stead. I hope you enjoy! [Episode Recorded In 2021]
Jake Sommers is the current Drummer for the Country sensation Luke Combs. Jake grew up in New York, and after completing his Jazz Studies at University of the Arts, moved to Nashville to pursue his playing career there. Being from a wider musical variety Jake has incredibly high levels of reading, and a great understanding of many styles of music. He’s endorsed by Sabian Cymbals, Evans Drumheads, and ProMark Drumsticks. I caught up with Jake from Nashville, where he was in between Luke Combs gigs.[Episode Recorded In 2018] 
Mike Sleath is one of the most talented drummers to come out of Canada who is currently about to embark on a yearlong world tour with artist Shawn Mendes. Other notable names Mike has worked with include Cody Simpson, Francesco Yates, Conor Maynard, Jessie McCartney and more. During his time with Shawn, there is little Mike hasn’t done. Shows in the United States like The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, The Ellen Degenerous Show, The American Music Awards, Saturday Night Live, The Late Late show with James Corden to name but a few. In the United Kingdom his list of shows played which include Wembley Stadium, The Voice UK, The Jonathan Ross show and returns for the final gig of his European tour. In this incredibly humble and unique look into Mike’s life and career we discuss how he got where he is, his advice and aspirations and the people he’s met along the way. Mike is also endorsed by some of the biggest names in drums – Yamaha Drum Makers, Sabian Cymbals and Remo Drum heads. We caught up just before he leaves for rehearsals for The Shawn Mendes Illuminate World Tour.[Episode Recorded In 2017] 
Sean McDaniel is currently the drummer for the new Disney show Frozen. Sean’s accolades include playing for Grammy and Tony award winning The Book of Mormon on Broadway and for American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken. On Broadway he also originated the Grammy and Tony award winning Spamalot, 9 to 5, La Cage Aux Folles, and Violet. Other shows Sean has developed include Hamilton, Newsies, and Frozen. He appears on the Frozen soundtrack plus albums by Audra McDonald, Stephanie Block, and Clay Aiken. He has been seen on The Tonight Show, Good Morning America, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Tony awards, Celebrity Apprentice, CBS This Morning, Live At The White House, The View, and The Billboard Music Awards. He has performed with Dolly Parton, Sting, Jennifer Hudson, Idina Menzel, Jake Gyllenhall and many others. Sean plays DW Drums, Sabian Cymbals, and Vic Firth Sticks. He currently lives in New York City where he is a busy freelance and session player. I caught up with Sean after a very busy week in New York.[Episode Recorded In 2018] 
Seth Rausch is one of the best and busiest Drummers in Nashville. His resumé reads like a who's who of the Nashville music scene. Seth is (and has been for 6 years) Keith Urban's Drummer. He's also played extensively with Little Big Town and many others. Originally from upstate New York, Seth began playing drums at the age of three. By age nine, he was sitting in with local bands and even backing up his elementary school choir. He’s been in the Nashville music scene for 15 years. When Seth isn’t on the road, he is in the studio recording and collaborating with some of Nashville’s top writers, musicians, and producers. I caught up with Seth from his home in Nashville. We talk everything career to date and advice for future players.[Episode Recorded In 2020]
This is an introduction to my series and to me. Thank you so much for listening. 
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