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Author: Alan Cross

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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.
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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jonathan “Sugarfoot” Moffett has the enviable experience of touring with Michael Jackson, Elton John, and some of pop music’s biggest stars. In this episode, “Sugarfoot” shares how he stood out in a highly competitive space and became one of the world’s most in-demand drummers. Join us as he shares five tenets that every working musician should follow to succeed in their craft.
In this episode of the podcast, we are joined by Kenny Aronoff, best known as the drummer for John Mellencamp. We will be asking Kenny about the mindset and mental approach that is necessary for a successful and long-term career in music. Kenny is a seasoned veteran of the music industry, with over 30 years of experience as a professional musician. He has played with some of the biggest names in the business, including Mellencamp, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, and The Rolling Stones. During our interview, we will delve into the challenges and obstacles that musicians face, and how to overcome them. Kenny will share his own experiences and insights, as well as offer practical advice and tips for aspiring musicians who are looking to build a career in music. This is a must-listen episode for anyone interested in the inner workings of the music industry, and the mindset required to succeed in this challenging and rewarding field.
In this episode, Alan Cross interviews Jordan Rudess; a classically trained keyboardist who is best known for his work with the progressive metal band Dream Theater. Jordan is widely regarded as one of the greatest keyboardists in the world and has won numerous awards for his musicianship. Jordan and Alan talk about music education, and how it can take many forms, ranging from informal learning on one's own to more structured and formal education through lessons, classes, or even attending a college or university. Jordan shares his opinions as a long-time student of music.
“Getting discovered” is a dream for many musicians looking to break into the industry. And for some up-and-coming artists, social media has become the new 21st-century version of busking. Join Alan Cross and his conversation with Canadian TikTok sensation Jessia as she shares her story of transitioning her viral internet fame into her dream career. She also shares some crucial lessons when using social media to share your art and yourself with your audience.
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the business side of being in a band with Ian D'Sa, guitarist and co-songwriter of Canadian rock group Billy Talent. Ian shares his 30 years of experience navigating the music industry and provides valuable tips on budgeting, hiring lawyers, accountants, and business managers. Learn how to avoid common pitfalls and maintain a successful music career while staying focused on your passion. Tune in now to find out what it takes to make it in the music industry.
We often think of musicians sticking to the same few paths: forming a band, touring as a hired musician or getting studio work. But for many professional players there exists an entire world of opportunities not immediately obvious - yet still offering seriously rewarding careers! Join us on this episode where we catch up with Robert Glenn in his California home and discover how he has made a living playing piano over 50 years by thinking outside the box. Prepare yourself for some truly inspiring lessons from Robert's incredible journey!
In this episode of the podcast, host Alan Cross speaks with musician Andy Curran, whose career extends back to the early 1980s. Andy discusses his journey as a musician, including his early days in the Toronto music scene and the various bands and projects he has worked on throughout his career. He shares his insights on the evolution of the music industry and the challenges he has faced as an artist. Overall, this episode offers a fascinating look at the life and career of a seasoned musician and provides valuable insights for anyone interested in the music industry.  
Welcome to Beyond The Music, a brand new podcast that delves deep into the world of making music. In each episode, host Alan Cross will take a deep dive into the art and business of music, exploring topics such as touring, performing, rehearsing, and recording. With over 30 years of experience in the music industry, Alan is uniquely qualified to guide listeners through the ins and outs of the music world. Whether you're a musician looking to improve your craft or just a music lover looking to learn more about the industry, Beyond The Music has something for you. Tune in biweekly for a new episode and join us on a journey Beyond The Music.
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