Jeremy Douglass is a world class musician living here in Florida. He is the creative force behind The Florida Björkestra. I invited him on the podcast to talk about his experiences in music, the current craziness we’re all living in, and his grapplings with Imposter Syndrome.
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My guest today is Will Scecina. This is his second appearance on the show, but this time we’re talking about more serious issues. He told me a story of something he went through while on tour and this impacted me. I asked him to have this conversation with me so we could bring to light things that may not often get talked about. Mental health is important to everyone, but musicians may be more exposed to unhealthy situations, especially on tour. Let’s dive deeper.
Will has written a song that deals with this particular subject. It will appear on an upcoming album, but for now you can download it below, and watch the video on his YouTube channel. Listen to the end of the episode for the world premiere of this song.
Joe Bonamassa – Keeping the Blues Alive
Special edition episode! I’m excited to have Brandon Williams on today’s show. He is a gifted entertainer here in Tampa Bay and has now started the “Let Music Be The Cure” initiative. He’s partnered up with Project Mar to raise money to help support local musicians in need. Together they are running a T-shirt drive and hosting a telethon this coming Friday, May 1 at 8pm EST.
Purchase a shirt and donate:
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Special edition episode! Here we catch up with Joe Cosas and we get an update on how he’s been coping with the current lockdown and economic situation. Please follow him on these platforms.
Also, please support the local music scene by purchasing a shirt at Project-Mar.org
Dan Navarro is a virtuosic bassist in Tampa Bay. In fact, he is my personal favorite bass player around. We talk about his musical upbringing and how he had such a high pedigree from a young age. When he discovered Geddy Lee he knew he’d caught the bass guitar bug. Once he started playing in the Tampa scene, word of mouth helped to propel him to the top tier gigs and he’s cemented his reputation as a consummate professional.
Willy Colon is an incredibly talented guitarist and a phenomenal entertainer. He’s well known in the local scene but he’s also played with national and international acts such as Coast City, Blanca, Yandel, and most recently, Luis Fonsi. We talk about how he’s living the dream that he’s had since he was a young musician. He also reveals how anxiety has crept into his life and how he’s learned to cope and recover from it. We also talk about how he’s looking ahead to developing new artists, starting with Casey Conroy.
Geo Ponce is a consummate musician and producer. His talent and skill have been bolstered by his work ethic, all of which have landed him on worldwide stages with reggeaton artist J. Balvin. We talk about his upbringing, his musical influences, and surprises he encountered on the road. You can follow Geo on Instagram and keep up with his work in Orlando, LA, and abroad.
Justino is a talented guitarist and singer, but he considers himself, primarily, as a songwriter. It shows in his total approach to music. He’s one of the hardest working musicians in Florida so he definitely knows about the grind. His focus right now is his original band, Anthill Cinema. “Creativity Over Everything” isn’t just a catchy mantra. It’s saved him from some darkness, and now fuels his art.
Alfred Sheppard is an accomplished pianist, composer, arranger, and music director. Most recently he’s been playing with Mandy Harvey. Serving as her musical director, he’s been able to tour the US, write for pops orchestras, and play her music in all kinds of venues. Now he’s moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of composing and scoring for films. Hear how he talks about him “cheating on jazz”, surprise Scientology gigs, and his rendition of our theme song.z
Jonathan Thomas is an exceptional drummer in the Tampa Bay area. From an early age, he’s been playing with most of the heavy-hitters in the Tampa music scene and he continues to do so. He rose to a national level with the band Ascend the Hill. Hear how he started out paying his dues, and he’s continuously working on his craft.
Jaymee Granell is a bassist, band-leader, and songwriter here in Tampa. He started out playing bass to simply join his friends in a band. Now he’s an in-demand sideman as well as a leader of several musical projects in the Tampa Bay area. This is the 2nd part of my conversation with him. To catch Jaymee’s backstory check out episode 6.
From Me To You
Melissa Petrescue is an up and coming pianist in the Tampa Bay area. Today I talk with her about growing up with a classical music background and how that applies to her current musical situation. She realized that music could be more than just a hobby, and is now successfully working full-time as a professional musician.
Self-proclaimed cappuccino addict, Nathan Brown, is currently working with renowned blues artist, Coco Montoya. In this episode, we talk about life on tour, getting schooled in the blues, and his endorsements with Kiesel guitars and Tsunami cables. Growing up in Detroit prepared Nathan to provide a solid foundation for any group he’s playing in.
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Today’s guest is Mike Pinder. He’s a drummer, and music director based in Orlando and Tampa. In this episode, we talk about how Mike got started in music and his approach to his music career. He sums it up quite succinctly. “Don’t Be a Dick!” Listen to Mike explain this point of view.
You can find Mike online:
or working with his original band:
or in any of these groups, and more:
Stephen Dornfeld is a pianist, arranger, music director, and educator in Florida. His mild-manner belies his profound musical knowledge and ability, but that depth is evident on stage and in recordings.
I talk to him in this episode about how he got started, how his formal education translated into a practical experience, and about overcoming and managing his Tourette Syndrome as a professional musician.
Joe Cosas is a pianist, composer, music director, educator, and studio owner/producer/engineer. Hailing from St Louis, Missouri, he’s now in Tampa working the wedding and corporate gig scene as well as building his studio clientele.
In this episode, we talk about what brought him to Tampa, how he built his network, how he handles the business side of music, and how he balances family life with work life. He seems to have his financial “ducks in a row” and has been able to navigate the crazy schedule that we musicians tend to have.
You can find Joe Cosas at these online places:
In this episode, I talk to Dave Hamar. He is a drummer, composer, teacher and he’s currently playing with rising star, Mandy Harvey.
We talk about getting started playing music, making the jump to be a professional, and even gear. See if you can catch the nerd references he throws out there. I actually really appreciate his gaming analogy!!! You’ll hear in this episode how great a story-teller he is. That’s likely why he’s such an interesting drummer to listen to and to play with. Be sure to listen all the way to the end.
You can find Dave online at these places.
This episode was recorded in April of 2017. Dave will be back for more.
Will Scecina is a working musician in Florida. Recently he’s been the touring guitarist for rising star, Mandy Harvey.
In this episode Will talks to me about how he got started playing, why he left NYC, and part of his life while on tour. He says he’s had two pivotal moments in his career; the decision to go full time, and the decision to not be stuck in one role. When he’s been honest with what he wants in life, the universe has responded in kind.
You can find Will and his band, Anyan Dévery, on Instagram and their websites.
This episode was recorded in June of 2017, so stay tuned for more conversations with Will.
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a professional musician? Have you wondered what “a day in the life” is like? Well, that’s why I created this podcast.
My name is Tito and I’m a professional musician. I have a bunch of friends who are musicians. These are the real working pros that you may or may not have heard about yet. I’m going to be talking to them and asking them questions so that you get some insight into their lives.