March 4, 2021
In this episode, Stevie Stewart talks with host Cole Coleman about how he’s been holding up during the Covid19 pandemic; how The Sweet is deciding if they will continue since the death of bassist and founder Steve Priest; how he found out that Steve Priest had died and how it has affected him; how if The Sweet continue he may take over the bass spot; how he first started working with The Sweet; how he had to perform on the night his stepfather died and how musicians often must perform under adverse conditions; how there were two versions of The Sweet performing; how many bands from the golden age of rock have two versions and that they are becoming multi-generational; where he was born and raised in a musical family; growing up as a hyper-kid eager to play the drums and his mother’s piano; how his step-father steered him towards piano; how he got his first organ and first Hammond organ; how as a keyboard player having the right gear can open doors; how he decided to move to Los Angeles in 1992; how placing an ad in Music Connection got him plenty of gigs his first year in L.A.; meeting up again with Nick Nicholas and gigging with the band World Classic Rockers for 13 years where he worked with many major names in Rock; his battle with severe dyslexia and his highly developed sense of hearing as a result; performing at and enjoying the Lucky Strike and Ultimate Jam nights in Hollywood; many of his current projects; some of the gear he uses in the studio; his advice for making connections and furthering your career in the virtual-digital age.
February 10, 2021
In this episode, Mark Ritchie and Mick Malusa of STONETRIP talk with host Cole Coleman announcing the video for their first release “Sideways;” how STONETRIP formed; assembling the lineup of the band over 6-7 months; recording their songs during the downtime of the Covid19 pandemic; about how Mark and Mick have known each other through bands; naming the lineup of STONETRIP; how they wrote their first group of songs; how they chose STONETRIP for their name; deciding to perform first then record; remembering a few venues they performed at in the city they’re based in Melbourne, Australia; starting up with a promotions and marketing company; finding producer Rickie Rae through seeking a killer drum sound; the inspiration of the lyrics and listening to a sample of their first release “Sideways;” where guitarist Mick Malusa is from and how he became a guitar player; where singer Mark Ritchie is from and how he became a singer; the guitars, amps, and effects Mick Malusa uses; deciding to either release a full album or release singles over the coming year.
December 28, 2020
In this episode, Sam Bam Koltun talks with host Cole Coleman about the origin of his name; his latest main projects with Faster Pussycat, Budderside, and Dorothy; how he got the gig with Faster Pussycat; his days growing up in Chesterfield Missouri, his first gigs and jam nights there; what it’s like having a dad who looks like a rock star; how Rafael Moreira inspired him to first get into guitar playing; his first arena gig at age 14; moving to Los Angeles at age 18 to attend Musician’s Institute; his first gig and first jam after moving to Los Angeles; his time with Made In America; meeting some of his guitar heroes at the Lucky Strike jams; his first touring experience with Gabbie Rae opening for the band Europe; how meeting people, networking, attending the jams is at least as important as your playing ability and has led to 100% of his gigs; how he has written 150 songs of his own and hopes to record and release them one day; how his gig with Budderside happened; and a chat about gear including his Les Pauls, amps and amp-modeling versus real amps, stomp boxes and multi-effects processors; and recording Faster Pussycat’s next album using all Kemper.
November 22, 2020
In this episode, Margarita Monet talks with host Cole Coleman giving an update on the recording of the latest Edge Of Paradise album including what it might be called; if it’s a concept album; working with producers Mike Plotnikoff, Neil Sanderson of Three Days Grace, and Howard Benson; if the lineup of musicians has changed and if there are any guest appearances; how close they are to finishing it and when it may be released; a little info on what gear Dave Bates is using for recording guitars and what Margarita is using for keyboard soundscapes; which songs from the album may be singles; confirming that the organization of their recording deal with Frontiers Records is expanding; confirming that they will resume touring as soon as the 2020-21 Covid-19 pandemic is over.
* See Episode 5 for our biography with Margarita and the forming of Edge Of Paradise.
November 10, 2020
In this episode, Brian Young session guitarist for many and well-known for his time as band member with the Atomic Punks and the David Lee Roth Band talks with host Cole Coleman about his beginnings in Camarillo CA; attending GIT circa: 1983-84; his inspiration for starting to play guitar and early influences including Chet Atkins, Led Zeppelin, Yes, Allan Holdsworth; his early cover band leading to an original band with singer Jeff Scott Soto; his time with Beau Nasty and Psychotic Symphony; his gig with Atomic Punks leading to the David Lee Roth Band and what it’s like to work with Dave; a brief chat about recording and gear; and some advice for jump starting your career as a guitarist.
August 2, 2020
In this episode, Grammy Award winning musician and Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Tony Kaye talks with host Cole Coleman about his latest project "End Of Innocence" which commemorates the tragic events of the 9/11 2001 attacks in New York City; his latest keyboard rig; his beginnings on piano and organ; backing up Roy Orbison; meeting Chris Squire and Jon Anderson in a London club; Peter Banks' involvement in naming Yes; getting the news of Peter's death in 2013; being a guest player on Peter Banks' posthumous release with David Cross called "Crossover" under artist name David Cross & Peter Banks; recommending Steve Howe as Peter's replacement in Yes; Steve Howe's new autobiography "All My Yesterdays" revealing some mind altering times with Steve and Tony. (Part 1 of 3)
July 25, 2020
In this episode, Jon Davison vocalist of Prog/Rock band Yes talks with host Cole Coleman about working on a new album during the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic; remembering Jon's early days starting on guitar and bass; how he first sang in church choir; growing up with best friend drummer Taylor Hawkins; remembering Seattle based Psychedelic band Sky Cries Mary; beginning his vocal career in a Yes-Tribute band; further honing his vocal ability with Prog/Rock band Glass Hammer; the role Taylor Hawkins played in introducing Jon to Yes; singing in Chris Squire's band; getting the call to join Yes on tour; working with Billy Sherwood on side band Arc Of Life; meeting Jon Anderson; explaining that Yes has no plans to stop touring and how they may continue through generations.
July 2, 2020
In this episode, Margarita Monet vocalist of Edge Of Paradise talks with host Cole Coleman about what countries they especially tour in; how they approach songwriting; her beginnings in Armenia, Moscow Russia, and Houston TX; coming to Los Angeles and founding Edge Of Paradise with guitarist Dave Bates; working with Michael Wagener, Chuck Johnson, Mike Plotnikoff, Jacob Hansen, Neil Sanderson; thinking of music and visual arts as a combined expression; her evolving vocal style; the importance of in-ear monitors; creating videos; stimulating and opening minds with lyrics; and a brief glimpse of what is next for Edge Of Paradise.
June 24, 2020
In Part 2: Host Cole Coleman continues his conference call with Paul, Jimmy, Claudio, and John speaking about monitor gear; why Mahogany Rush (MR) parted ways; remembering when young AC/DC opened for MR. Then, we go to Drum Talk featuring Jimmy Ayoub and John Tempesta (The Cult, Rob Zombie) discussing shells, heads, snares and snare drums, cymbals, and tips for drummers starting out. During the conversation Jimmy Ayoub reveals his battle with cancer and Claudio Pesavento shares about his own battle with cancer while working with Chris Squire (Yes). Then, we wrap things up with MR remembering when Rush battled them for the name - and the limelight!
June 17, 2020
In Part 1: Host Cole Coleman speaks with members of Mahogany Rush - Paul, Jimmy, and Claudio about how MR got started; performing at High Schools and Colleges instead of clubs; getting their breakthrough record deal; Frank Marino's similarities to Jimi Hendrix; their record company's questionable promotions; their hit song Strange Dreams; adding keyboardist Claudio Pesavento; touring with Aerosmith, Kansas, Blue Oyster Cult, and Queen.