Episode 28. Dwayne Cooper

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Dwayne Cooper is from Florence, SC and currently lives in NYC.  He began singing in a Christian a cappella group called “The Cunningham Singers”. Often referred as a modern day Sammy Davis Jr. meets Barry White, he is what the industry calls a “triple threat” and has performed in the Broadway casts of MOTOWN, HAIRSPRAY, several National tours and most recently the NY Revival of Smokey Joe's Cafe. He is also one of the founding members of THE DOO WOP PROJECT, a ten piece band that travels around the US performing Doo Wop music. As a songwriter/producer, he has charted #7 on Billboard’s Top Ten (Dance) and as a sketch comedy writer, his personal YouTube videos have been seen by over 1,000,000 people. 

Dwayne and Sonny Paladinos Band:

  https://www.thedoowopproject.com/

Follow Dwayne on Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/itsdwaynecooper/?hl=en

The production of Smokey Joe's Cafe that we worked on together:

http://smokeyjoescafemusical.com/#home

EP. 27 Author/Musician Jeffrey Lee Campbell

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JEFFREY LEE CAMPBELL

LINKS:

www.jeffreyleecampbell.com

BUY HIS BOOK HERE:

https://www.amazon.com/Stand-Close-Improbable-Adventure-Guitarist/dp/1947309331

BIO:

     Originally from North Carolina, Jeffrey Lee Campbell was raised on a steady diet of rock 'n' roll, soul, and Top 40 music. Playing his first PAYING gig at age 13, Jeffrey is a lifer.

   Jeffrey picked up the guitar at the tender age of 8, spending his formative years gigging in bands “anywhere and everywhere” (school dances, frat parties, night clubs, etc). After graduating high school, Jeffrey was accepted into the prestigious "Studio Music and Jazz" program at the University of Miami.

    Ultimately chasing his dream North, Jeffrey Lee relocated to New York City and quickly established himself as one of the city's top musicians. His performance experiences range from iconic intimate venues such as CBGBThe Bottom LineThe Bitter EndMTV and NBC’s Saturday Night Live . . . to huge concert stages including NYC's Madison Square Garden, London's Wembley Stadium, and Japan's Tokyo Dome.

    Jeffrey Lee strummed his way around the world on Sting’s "Nothing Like the Sun" World Tour ("blazing guitar work" - Rolling Stone, "soaring guitar" - USA Today), proudly sharing the stage with musical heavyweights Branford Marsalis, Mino Cinelu, and Kenny Kirkland in twenty-five countriesacross six different continents.

    In addition to Sting’s World Tour, Jeffrey Lee was also a part of Amnesty International's "Human Rights Now!" World Tour (featuring Sting, Peter GabrielBruce SpringsteenTracy Chapman, and Youssou N'Dour). Playing 20 concerts worldwide (including extraordinary shows in Africa and India), the Amnesty tour was truly a once in a lifetime experience. One of Jeffrey's top Amnesty highlights was sitting in with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Bandat the tour's concert in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

    Back at home in NYC, Jeffrey Lee had the extreme pleasure of playing guitar with Aretha Franklin (for "VH-1 Divas Live" - an all-star tribute to the Queen of Soul at Radio City Music Hall). The "Divas" concert climaxed with a finale that found Jeffrey jamming with Ms. Franklin, Mary J BligeNelly Furtado and surprise special guest Mr. Stevie Wonder. Other performance credits include Jon Bon JoviMichael BubléBob James, and singer/songwriter Sam Phillips.

     As a studio musician, Jeffrey has worked with some of the industry's top producers such as T Bone BurnettPhil RamoneRob Cavallo, and David Foster —as well as legendary engineers Bob Clearmountain and Elliot Scheiner. Jeffrey has recorded at The Record PlantHit FactoryAvatar (aka The Power Station)QuadUniqueSear . . . and many more.  

     Jeffrey's extensive Broadway credits include Saturday Night FeverSeussicalMamma Mia, and School of Rock - the Musical.

      Most recently, Jeffrey has added "published author" to his list of accomplishments, releasing his "insightful and engaging," coming-of-age memoir "Do Stand So Close: my improbable adventure as Sting's guitarist" (from Deeds Publishing).

EP. 26 Stas Mavrides Part 2

One of my most interesting experiences in music has to be the time I toured with the band of a spiritual teacher(read: cult leader.) I was the only one in the band who was not a devotee of his.  Well, about 10 years later, this teachers community dissolved amidst scandal.  For the first time since then I talked to his 2nd in command who was the guitarist in the band.  I finally got some answers about what was going on behind the scenes.  This guitarist, Stas Mavrides, also happens to have had a very colorful career in the music business.  He has toured with the Beach Boys, recorded several award winning albums, and has a new album out with his band Baraka Moon.  

Part 1 was a conversation between me and Stas about our experiences making music with this guru.  Part 2 is about Stas's path in music and in spirituality.  

Stas's group Baraka Moon:

BARAKA MOON delivers pulsing, soulful and spiritually charged dance music with a positive message of peace for the whole world! Uniting influences from mystical Sufi trance songs, Indian ragas, African beats & the Australian Aboriginal didgeridoo Baraka Moon is based in the San Francisco Bay Area. The release date for Baraka Moon's new album, Wind Horse, is October 6th, 2017. 

 

BARAKA MOON Links:

http://pressjunkiepr.com/video/bismillah-baraka-moon-album-wind-horse-2017-official-video/

For More Information:

www.facebook.com/BarakaMoon www.barakamoon.com
e: info@barakamoon.com
t: 415-596-3518 

EP. 25 The Time I Toured With The "Enlightened" Guru (Feat. Stas Mavrides)

One of my most interesting experiences in music has to be the time I toured with the band of a spiritual teacher(read: cult leader.) I was the only one in the band who was not a devotee of his.  Well, about 10 years later, this teachers community dissolved amidst scandal.  For the first time since then I talked to his 2nd in command who was the guitarist in the band.  I finally got some answers about what was going on behind the scenes.  This guitarist, Stas Mavrides, also happens to have had a very colorful career in the music business.  He has toured with the Beach Boys, recorded several award winning albums, and has a new album out with his band Baraka Moon.  

This episode is a conversation between me and Stas about our experiences making music with this guru.  The next episode will be about Stas's path in music and in spirituality.  

Stan's group Baraka Moon:

BARAKA MOON delivers pulsing, soulful and spiritually charged dance music with a positive message of peace for the whole world! Uniting influences from mystical Sufi trance songs, Indian ragas, African beats & the Australian Aboriginal didgeridoo Baraka Moon is based in the San Francisco Bay Area. The release date for Baraka Moon's new album, Wind Horse, is October 6th, 2017. 

 

BARAKA MOON Links:

http://pressjunkiepr.com/video/bismillah-baraka-moon-album-wind-horse-2017-official-video/

For More Information:

www.facebook.com/BarakaMoon www.barakamoon.com
e: info@barakamoon.com
t: 415-596-3518 

 

EP. 25 The Time I Toured With The "Enlightened" Guru (Feat. Stas Mavrides)

 

As musicians we are always meeting and working with new people in new places. For this episode I asked several working musicians about their worst experience in the music business - how they dealt with it, what red flags there were going into it, and how they would advise someone else to prepare for and navigate through these types of experiences.  Episode 24 features a story by musician/producer Travis LaMothe

 

Travis La Mothe Bio:  

With first club gigs starting at the age of 15, Travis has been actively performing for 23 years. Studies with Frank Giguere, Casey Scheurell, and Steve Wilkes, allowed a quick evolution in Travis’ skill set. Amassing performances in percussion ensembles under the direction of Sal Raniello (Hartford Symphony Orchestra,) live performance became a place to thrive in all genres.

Attempting to live up to his influences and working at creating his own, Travis spent six years touring with New England regional act Rane (Tides Records), opening for numerous national acts including the Barenaked Ladies, Ozomatli, Santana, and Tom Petty and playing almost every room in New England. After multiple albums and recording credits with the group, Travis left to pursue other musical worlds.

After winning the 2006 Hartford Advocate's “Best Drummer” award, Travis went on to play with several Advocate-acknowledged bands including The Bill Carleton Band, and Jet Black Jane. A jaunt into the jazz world helped Travis to see a different side of performance after spending 2 years as a member of the house band for WOR radio in Manhattan. He also joined Hank Agency artists “Jimmy and the Hat Tricks” for a 3-year stint in general business music. He was called to play with The Last Goodnight (Virgin Records), and subbed several gigs with Girls Guns and Glory (Lonesome Day Records) as well. All of this while maintaining 10-20 private students for the duration.

The pursuit is endless, and Travis currently plays pick up gigs throughout New England with many talented groups. He has also begun establishing himself in the production world. After opening his small studio “Sunderland Sounds” in Sunderland MA, Travis has already cut a few spots that you’ve likely heard on the radio…

 

To reach Travis for gigs and/or production inquiries:

Travisj.lamothe@gmail.com

860.604.7414

 

Samples of performances/work

Performance:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bs4Z7N3e-oE

Commercial Spot:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_xL9wlORDI

Telefunken demo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28-jmeeGqFY