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.
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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.
He was given the moniker, Giambi, in the studio. Now, after working his way up this is how he’s known in the industry. Giambi has worked with acts like Dead Prez, Nappy Roots, Big Pun and Sean Price and his story is the quintessential networking and hard work story.
Follow him on social media, and reach out to him if you’re in NYC.
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
Erica DiCeglie is a singer/songwriter. Coming from a musical theater background, Erica is now writing her own songs and performing music her own way. Sometimes part of being a working musician is having multiple jobs at the same time. Erica is also an assistant music director at a local church, and this job lets her work on other aspects of her musical career.
Her album “My Blue” will be released in the first week of November and will be available on CD and all digital platforms. Look for news and show updates on her website and Instagram.
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:
Jaymee Granell is a bassist, music director, and composer here in Tampa. He started out playing bass to simply join his friends in a band. While that first band didn’t quite get off the ground, he quickly found himself writing and recording songs with a high profile celebrity. In this conversation, we talk about the successes and struggles he encountered while dealing with the music industry, all on his way to “making it.”
This is the first of two parts. In the second part, we’ll cover what Jaymee has been working on recently. In the meantime, you can catch up with him in real time with the links below.
From Me To You
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: