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Piers Plaskitt, Pt 2: Be The Blue Duck, Mentoring, Paying it Forward and The Beatles’ Apple Studios in London

Piers Plaskitt Conversation Part 2

Piers Plaskitt on Mentoring, Paying it Forward and Apple Studios

This episode features Part Two of my 90-minute conversation with pro-audio executive, Piers Plaskitt.

We discuss mentoring, and the importance of paying it forward – which goes back to one of Piers’ earliest jobs as chief engineer at The Beatles’ Apple Studios at 3 Saville Row in London. The episode starts off with Piers’ explanation of his “be the blue duck” philosophy, which is part of his mentoring presentation to students.

For more information about Piers, visit his LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/piers-plaskitt/

Piers Plaskitt, Pt 2: Be The Blue Duck, Mentoring, Paying it Forward and The Beatles’ Apple Studios in London

Piers Plaskitt, Pt 1: Solid State Logic, Pro Audio Industry, Mentoring, Peter Gabriel, and American Citizenship

Piers Plaskitt

Former CEO of Solid State Logic: Piers Plaskitt

This episode features Part One of Brian Brodeur’s 90-minute conversation with Piers Plaskitt – former CEO of Solid State Logic.

SSL is one of the world’s leading recording console manufacturers, and their equipment can be found in major studios across the globe. Whether you know it or not, you have heard music recorded or mixed on an SSL console.

Originally from England, Piers recently became an American citizen and is now based in Iowa. We spoke via Zoom about the history of SSL and specifically about his years at the company which included working for SSL’s latest owner, Peter Gabriel.

Piers shares a number of insider anecdotes and we talk about the passion that recording professionals have about working in the industry…

For more information about Piers, visit his LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/piers-plaskitt/

Piers Plaskitt, Pt 1: Solid State Logic, Pro Audio Industry, Mentoring, Peter Gabriel, and American Citizenship

Interview with Musician, Composer, Producer: Mike Keneally – Part 2

Mike Keneally

Mike Keneally Ripping People’s Heads Off On Stage – Photo: Per Sviggum

Welcome back to the East Main Podcast, and thank you for listening. This episode is part two of my conversation with musician, composer, producer, Mike Keneally.

The music playing under the podcast introduction is called “Liquid and Fumes” – which is the opening track on the debut album from MFTJ – the super unique collaboration of Mike Keneally and Scott Schorr.

Brian Brodeur first met Mike several years after he was a member of Frank Zappa’s last touring band.. If you’re not familiar with that band, check out Zappa releases such as Broadway the Hard Way, Make a Jazz Noise Here, or The Best Band You Never Heard in Your Life. Amazing stuff. Definitely worth checking out.

After his time with Zappa, Mike has worked with a who’s who of high-level musicians, including Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and more.. but along with his own substantial body of solo work (which we strongly recommend you check out), he is a prolific collaborator… working with notable artists including Todd Rundren, Devin Townsend, Kevin Gilbert, and Andy Partridge of XTC. His latest collaboration is a duo project with Producer/Musician Scott Schorr of Lazy Bones Recordings – called MFTJ.

Mike and Scott released the first eponymously titled MFTJ album in March of 2020 – and have recently released their second MFTJ effort, entitled “My Mom’s Getting a Horse”

Brodeur spoke to Mike Keneally about the debut MFTJ collaboration in April of 2020, and here is that conversation…

For more information about MFTJ: mftj.bandcamp.com

For more information about Mike Keneally, visit www.keneally.com

Interview with Musician, Composer, Producer: Mike Keneally – Part 2

Interview with Musician, Composer, Producer: Mike Keneally – Part 1

Mike Keneally

Musician, Composer, Producer Mike Keneally

Well, for people who work in and around the recording industry, the third weekend of January each year could only mean one thing: the annual pilgrimage to Anaheim California for the NAMM Show. NAMM stands for National Association of Music Merchants, and their annual trade show brings together music equipment manufacturers, publishers and music professionals to meet up, hang out and check out all the latest gear and releases for the coming year. With the COVID19 pandemic, like many other trade shows, NAMM has gone virtual in 2021 – but, eventually.. it will be back, better than ever.

So, in celebration of the NAMM show, this episode of the East Main podcast features part of Brian Brodeur’s conversation with musician, composer, producer – Mike Keneally.

Mike is known for his work with Frank Zappa, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Andy Partridge (XTC), Kevin Gilbert, Scott Schorr (MFTJ), Devin Townsend and more. Mike’s a great guy and a fabulous musician, and the the NAMM show has always been an annual opportunity for Brian to hang with Mike, see him perform, and catch up on all of his latest projects ~ but that won’t be happening this year, so this episode of the East Main Podcast features a portion of Brian’s conversation from April of 2020 with Mike Keneally.

For more information about Mike Keneally, visit www.keneally.com

Interview with Musician, Composer, Producer: Mike Keneally – Part 1