Music On Your Own Terms Episode 35 – Chris Birkett & Shari Tallon/The Free Spirits

Joining me this episode is award winning producer, guitarist and fellow Brit, Chris Birkett whose album credits have collectively sold over 100 million copies, including Sinead O’Conner’s “I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got” featuring the massive Prince cover of “Nothing Compares 2 U”. Chris is joined by Shari Tallon, a pianist, flutist, composer, and music educator, who together with Chris form The Free Spirits.

We have a fantastic conversation that covers both Chris and Shari’s individual histories, how they met and formed the band and the creation and meaning of their new album 11:11. We also discuss Chris’s thoughts on what it means to be a musician and the state of the corporate music industry today, as well as Shari’s incredible work with disadvantaged and disabled children that brings the joy of music into their lives, to help tackle some of their day to day challenges.

Most importantly though, we hear about the theremin incident during the recording of John Otway’s latest album on the island of Montserrat, and discover the composition of the mysterious “Green Yum”

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Music in this episode by The Free Spirits

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Music On Your Own Terms Episode 32 – Bryan Beller

I recently had the pleasure of talking with bassist Bryan Beller, who talks about his time working for SWR amps, where he learnt some valuable lessons in business management, and why he left after the company was sold to Fender. We also talk about various strategies of how to build a fulfilling career in music, how he overcame having his custom basses stolen, and we talk in depth about the creation process of his stellar new album “Scenes From The Flood”.

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Music On Your Own Terms Episode 30 – Diego Vargas

This episode I talk to Diego Vargas, a young guitarist from Southern California that has not only insane chops, but also a mature mindset about the modern music industry and also his developing musical identity.

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Music On Your Own Terms Episode 26 – Mike Abdow – Fates Warning/Ray Alder

This episode I have pleasure of talking with Mike Abdow, touring guitarist for the almighty Fates Warning, songwriter/producer for Ray Alder solo, guitarist for Aquanett, and of course, Mike’s own amazing solo material! We talk about what led to his love of music, how he got the Fates Warning gig, killer memorization strategies, touring tips, philosophy, and writing with Ray Alder. I also couldn’t resist the urge to nerd out a little on Mike’s guitar and amp set up, and find out what Mike did before making a living as a musician.

Mike with the Rick Hanes guitar
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Music On Your Own Terms Episode 20 – Bruce Vermett & 1 Year Anniversary

Helping me celebrate 1 year, since the first episodes of the podcast were published, is my bud Bruce of Killbot Zero! After several years of trying to get him on some sort of podcast, I coerced him into a conversation about his history, his current projects and a couple of other subjects to boot.

Bruce in his natural habitat
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Episode 12 – Steve Haidaichuk of Mindset X

This episode I talk to Steve Haidaichuk, a NH native musician that plays in the awesome prog band Mindset X, as well as performing acoustic covers under the name The Deviant. We discuss how the musical landscape has evolved since we were young to today, and how we as musicians can adapt to that change.

Steve
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