Podcast Episode 12: Dave Elitch (Drummer of Miley Cyrus, Killer Be Killed, Ex-Mars Volta)

Dave Elitch

Dave Elitch: Miley Cyrus’s current drummer. Also collaborating with members of Sepultura, Mastodon, and Dillinger Escape Plan for a metal project known as Killer Be Killed. One of the top drum gurus in Los Angeles (specializing in Body Mechanics) and regularly sharing his percussive wisdom alongside renowned technicians Thomas Lang and Virgil Donati at drum camps like Big Drum Bonanza.

Also appears in Morgan Ågren’s Conundrum: A Percussive Misadventure.

www.daveelitch.com
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PODCAST EPISODE 011: Brendon Small (Dethklok: Metalocalypse, Home Movies, The Brendon Small Album)

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Brendon Small In Morgan Ågren's Conundrum

I recorded this podcast episode in late 2011 (over two years ago) with Brendon Small, and never even bothered listening to it or edited it until now. Not intentional, I just never got around to publishing more podcast episodes. Turned out to be a good one! This was back before his appearance in Morgan Ågren’s Conundrum: A Percussive Misadventure, and was the first time I had been to his home studio. We talked about audience torture, our high school experiences, and his (then) upcoming album, Brendon Small’s Galaktikon.

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From his Wikipedia:

Brendon Small was the co-creator, writer, voice actor, composer and musician for Home Movies, a cartoon initially aired on the UPN television network and then moved to Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. The final episode of Home Movies aired on April 4, 2004, after running four seasons, although the show is periodically rerun on Adult Swim. In the series, he voiced the show’s protagonist, 8-year-old aspiring filmmaker Brendon Small, as well as a number of other characters. He is best known as the co-creator of the animated series Home Movies (along with Loren Bouchard) and Dethklok: Metalocalypse (along with Tommy Blacha) and as the creator of the virtual death metal band Dethklok. In April 2012 Small released his debut solo album, Brendon Small’s Galaktikon. The album featured Dethklok members Beller on bass and Hoglan on drums. Small described the album as a “high-stakes, intergalactic, extreme rock album” and described it as being similar to Dethklok but with more melodic vocals and rock elements.

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PODCAST EPISODE 010: Dale Turner (Instructor at Musicians Institute, Guitar World Columnist, Transcriptionist)

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Guitar Guru, Dale Turner, currently an instructor at Hollywood’s Musicians Institute and Guitar World magazine columnist, talks about his days as a guitar books/magazine transcriptionist, his lawless teenage efforts to Promote Vaiism, and his album Mannerisms Magnified — on which he played every instrument himself.

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From his website:

The former West Coast Editor (1996-2007) of the now defunct Guitar One magazine, in addition to working as a performing/recording musician and producing engineer, Dale Turner is an instructor at Hollywood’s Musician’s Institute (where he teaches Jimi Hendrix-style rhythm guitar improvisation, music theory/ear training, sight-reading, and rhythmic independence for the singing guitarist), and author of 50+ instructional books/transcription folios (his latest being Power Plucking – A Rocker’s Guide to Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitar). He also writes a monthly acoustic guitar column for Guitar World magazine, and is featured in their Lick of the Day App. for iPhone/iPad.

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PODCAST EPISODE 009: D.W. Brown (Acting Teacher, Author of “You Can Act!”)

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Acting Teacher, D.W. Brown, talks about the difference between cravings and desires, the defense mechanism known as Dissociation we are taught as children (and why it makes us bad actors), and why artists must play by different rules than everyone else.

He is the author of You Can Act!, a Complete Guide For Actors. (And believe me, it is.)

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From his website:

D.W. Brown is the co-owner and head instructor at the Joanne Baron/D.W. Brown Studio. He began his acting career early at the age of 15 in his hometown theater company in Tucson, Arizona Starring in “Desire Under The Elms”. He later came to Los Angeles where he starred in films such as “Fast Times At Ridgemont High,” his own series, “Jo’s Cousin,” and performed numerous leading roles in film and on television.

Still continuing to act in the theater, D.W. Brown turned his attention to the art of writing and directing. Working with The Ensemble Studio Theater, he developed plays for production, directing his own works as well as those of others. It was one of these plays, “Fleas,” that The Los Angeles Times raved: “…trumpets Brown’s ear for dialogue…” He directed, “Porno Stars At Home,” that won awards for both leading ladies. He has written and directed short films; including: “One Clean Move,” starring Harry Hamlin and Gary Busey, honored at The Taos Film Festival and purchased by The Sundance Channel, and “The Need For Flowers” that received a “Best Actor” nomination at The Method Fest Film Festival last year. He has co-produced and co-written the feature films: “Allie & Me,” “Brooklyn Babylon,” and “Perfume” (a Sundance Festival selection).

D.W. discovered a profound appreciation of the Mesiner Method after exstensive training and subsequently he became an instructor. He has trained actors, writers, and directors for the past twenty years at The Joanne Baron/DW Brown Studio. He has conducted seminars with actors such as Robert DeNiro, Dustin Hoffman, Anthony Hopkins, Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon, Benicio Del Toro and Martin Sheen and directors such as Sam Raimi, Tom Shadyac, and Martha Coolidge. Several of the aforementioned he has coached.

He has directed over seven hundred scenes, coached our greatest stars on numerous major films and provided the first instruction for many who are now professional actors. DW has just finished writing a comprehensive book on acting: “You Can Act”.

He has just completed principal photography on the feature film ‘On the Inside’ that he wrote and directed. The film stars Nick Stahl and Olivia Wilde.

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PODCAST EPISODE 008: Hester Schell (Author, Casting Revealed: A Guide For Film Directors)

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Alfred Hitchcock said that “Seventy-five percent of directing is casting.” Hester Schell tells us why. We also discuss why there aren’t more blockbuster tragedy movies, how to get rejected by a film festival jury, and a creative writing project involving a tunnel!

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From her website:

Hester Schell is the author of “Casting Revealed: A Guide for Independent Filmmakers and Directors“, due in January 2011 from Michael Wiese Productions. She has taught film-acting at De Anza College, Notre Dame de Namur University, SF School of Digital Filmmaking and Film Arts Foundation. She is the creator of The Directors’ Retreat: Working with Actors, a weekend intensive for directors. Speaking engagements include Indie-Club, the Connecticut Screen Writers Association and the San Francisco Black Film Festival.

She will be directing a feature-length film based on an award-winning script, later this year in Massachusetts. The recent plays and screenplays she authored include: Colony Collapse, The Dark Room, Soul’s Messenger, and A Cup Of Coffee, written for the New England Russian Theatre Festival.

She has recently directed: Provincetown Playwrights Festival, New England Russian Theatre Festival. Shorts: Ju$T Under A Million (narrative comedy), which premiered at the Beverly Hills High Definition Film Festival and airing on cable in Austin, Dallas and Atlanta on the Hottv channel.; Blankets for Afghanistan (documentary) broadcast through Free Speech TV. Other film festivals include: Cannes, Cinequest, San Francisco International Film Festival, Rochester and Boston Film Festivals and others.

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PODCAST EPISODE 007: Carl King (Creator of Sir Millard Mulch, Dr. Zoltan)

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In this narcissistic and self-conscious episode, Carl King talks about his multiple personas, his experiences with telepathic beings from another dimension, and why he stopped making music. (And of course, Steve Vai.)

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From his website:

Some of you may already know I was once a mighty performance artist and musician under the pseudonyms: Sir Millard Mulch & Dr. Zoltan Øbelisk. Through that medium, I have performed, collaborated, stood around in a room, or engaged in creative business ventures of questionable importance with Marco Minnemann, Virgil Donati, Nick D’Virgilio, Morgan Agren, Paul Mazurkiewics, Trey Spruance, Steve Vai, Eman Laerton, Dave Meros, Nils Frykdahl, Lale Larson, Larry Boothroyd, Will Maier, and Devin Townsend. I’ve occasionally shown up in Modern Drummer, DRUM!, Kerrang, and Decibel Magazine. I’m taking a long and indefinite break from music. I have no plans to play again.

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PODCAST EPISODE 006: Paul Chitlik (UCLA Screenwriting Professor, Author of Rewrite)

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Paul Chitlik has written for Twilight Zone, Who’s The Boss?, and Pamela Anderson’s V.I.P. In this episode, he teaches us some good writing habits, tells us where the best homemade pasta can be found, and critiques the Atlas Shrugged Movie Trailer.

Find out why they call him the Rewrite Mentor.

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From his website:

Screenwriter/producer/director Paul Chitlik has written for all the major networks and studios. He was story editor for “The New Twilight Zone,” and staff writer for Showtime’s “Brothers.” He was coordinating producer for “Real Stories of the Highway Patrol” and “U.S. Customs Classified,” starring Stephen Cannell, directing episodes of both. He wrote and produced the first network movie in DV, “Alien Abduction,” for UPN. He wrote, produced, and directed “Ringling Brothers Revealed” for Travel Channel. He has written features for Rysher Entertainment, NuImage, Promark, and others. He received a WGA award nomination for his work on “The Twilight Zone,” a GLAAD Media Award nomination, and won a Genesis Award for a Showtime movie. He has taught screenwriting at UCLA, Loyola Marymount University, ESCAC (the film school of the University of Barcelona) and EICTV, in Havana, Cuba. He has consulted for Ibermedia, the Spanish language consortium, the Chilean development fund, and various production companies in the US and abroad. He began teaching residential workshops in 2008. They’ve been held in Italy, Spain, the U.S. and will be in France in 2011.

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PODCAST EPISODE 005: Anthony White (Ex-Drummer For Frank Zappa)

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In the late 1970s, Anthony White, an L.A. session drummer, auditioned for and played with the legendary Frank Zappa. He discusses his abrupt departure from the band after being replaced by upcoming percussion virtuoso David Logeman.

In this candid telephone interview, we discuss the audition process, L.A.’s studio climate in the late 1970s, what it was like to fill the gap between Terry Bozzio and Vinnie Colaiuta, the rehearsal sessions for You Are What You Is, his practice habits, and the psychological events that led to Anthony’s eventual retirement as a session drummer.

Anthony shared many dark business insights, which could help any struggling drummer who is seeking commercial success in the realm of progressive or math rock.

Find out more about Anthony White and his production / engineering / live lighting and sound career at his “under construction” website, Anthony White Productions.

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PODCAST EPISODE 004: Andy Alt (Interactive Marketing Director For Steve Vai)

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It’s been discussed once or twice that marketing professionals are driven by money, will suggest artists do things that compromise their artistic integrity to sell a record and enjoy exploiting naive teenage demographics — right?

WRONG! Meet Andy Alt, Interactive Marketing Director for Steve Vai — who not only manages Steve’s online presence (website, works with leading technology partners, encourages two way communication through social media, videos, forum), but also creates his very own, heartfelt music in an artsy duo called Swimming In Trees. (Imagine somehow blending that “Indie Hipster From Silverlake” sound with Eddie Van Halen Guitar Shredding. Impossible? Listen to them and find out!)

It turns around Andy is as creative and philosophical as any abstract-minded artist, a self-taught multimedia wiz who uses any tool available to share his fun ideas. I’m not at all surprised Vai has partnered with him.

In this episode we talk about a new website he and Steve are starting called GuitarTV.com (coming soon!), a new hybrid instrument Andy has built, and what will get a guy like Andy to leave his creative fun (house) to go see other musical artists and what gets his attention.

From his website:

Andy Alt has brought his guitar playing into the music world of Los Angeles through live performance, recordings And film. He can Be heard on Fox’s “Back To You” TV Series, Epic Records’ “Shut Up Stella”, USA Television Network “Characters Welcome”, Music Research And Studio Recordings At Walt Disney/miramax Studios, Gina Schock through Interscope Records, Long-term Relationship (Feature Film).

He can be seen on YouTube Live opening up and playing with The Roots, The Black Keys, Poogie Bell, Clipse, Gina Schock Of The Gogos, Zack Wiesinger, Ashley Mendel Feat. Ben Kenney, Mia Sable, The Black Heartthrobs, Travisty Theory, Blitz The Ambassador, Becky (Keanu Reeves’ Post-dogstar Project), Joe & The Jungle, Tara Johnson, 2nd Day Crush, The Dirges & American Idol Finalists Shane Simon & Gina G.

Simultaneously, Andy has kept up his interest in innovating brands through concepts and marketing and is the founder of Bands and Brands. In his portfolio, you’ll find a diverse set of forward-thinking brands such as Ibanez, Guitar Center, Fender Musical Instruments, Guitar Center, Ovation/Adamas Guitars, Steve Vai, Favored Nations, Intel, Belkin, Sun Microsystems, PayPal, Lamps Plus, Simple Green, Bonne Bell, Openeco.org, St. Bernard Project, Zapzyt, Dixon Drums, Worst Case Scenario, University Games, eJamming.com, UCSD, Gibraltar, Deca.tv & Reunion Blues.

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PODCAST EPISODE 003: Jymuloxx Cortribbonz (Director-Producer For Nickelodeon)

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Who here doesn’t remember the 1980s show Real Gibbons on Nickelodeon? I’m not afraid to admit I still have a worn-out (and now autographed) VHS tape with the first 3 episodes, but still haven’t been able to find any clips on YouTube. Well, here’s the man who started it all. After 12 years of being inspired by his shows, I’m honored to present this candid interview with the temperamental director-producer, Jymuloxx Cortribbonz. Guess where Adult Swim got all their animation techniques? You guessed it.

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