Kevin “Kwiz” Ryan is a musician, producer, composer, audio engineer and artist development specialist from Bronx, NY. Kwiz's professional resume has continued to evolve and expand over 25 years with credits including numerous Grammy Award winning and platinum selling artists that rival the top producers in today's music industry. His musical goal is to make you dance, love, and cry, think, hate, make love, make babies, seek therapy, give therapy, hug your mom/dad/sister/brother/son/daughter and scream.
Tiffany Hendren is a full-time FOH Engineer currently based out of St. Louis.
Performing and being in a band is what initially drove Tiffany into live music, but she realized that the combination of that passion and her interest in computers and engineering might just hold other options for her. After a few years in the military, she moved back to St. Louis and began searching for the right job in the industry.
This week’s episode is a little different than most.
I’ve never really broken down the journey of how I started Roadie Free Radio and all of the crazy twists and turns that got me here. So I hope you’ll join me as I take you back 15 years ago to the release of my short film ROADIE, and the subsequent twists and turns that got me behind the mic and delivering this show every week.
Rena Nicole Kozak is a freelance audio engineer and tour manager based out of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Rena has been working in audio in many capacities for close to 20 years and brings her experience to live audio for concerts and events, in-studio recording and mixing, training and education.
Maya Finlay is an Audio Engineer, Producer, Songwriter and Musician based in San Francisco, CA with more than 11 years of experience in professional audio.
An international traveler at heart, Maya was born in Canada, raised in California, studied in Colorado, and lived in Spain and Brazil before returning to the Bay Area. She has a B.A. in Spanish and Portuguese, Language and Culture from CU Boulder, as well as Certificates in Sound Recording and Sound Design from City College of San Francisco.
Michael Thomas Regina is a FOH Engineer, Tour Manager, and Composer based in St. Petersburg, FL. Since 2017, Michael has been FOH/TM for Orlando based indie-pop band SALES. Over the last few years he has toured extensively in both North America and internationally including stops at Coachella 2019, Firefly Music Festival, and Corona Capital (Mexico City).
Scott Adamson is a touring FOH audio engineer and the founder of The Production Academy, an online school dedicated to helping musicians and sound engineers get the technical knowledge they need to have successful shows.
A California native who has been working in the music industry since the late 1990’s, Scott moved to Iowa with his family in his early teens, and it was there that he started playing the drums. His musical ambitions led him to play in several bands and he slowly developed an interest in the live sound aspect of the shows as well.
Sahir Hanif is a Tour Manager, Production Manager, Industrial designer, creative director, studio drum technician, drummer, and entrepreneur. He is the founder of Masters of Maple Drums, and Ghost Tech: a full service production and logistics company.
Sahir has taken his experience on the road and combined it with his business acumen to create two very unique and diverse companies within the music business.
Chez Stock is a experienced Tour Manager and Front of House engineer currently on tour with Amanda Palmer. She has toured extensively since 2012, building steadily on her no-nonsense work ethic, and a desire to continuously improve and grow as an engineer.
Anthony Cioffi is a founder/partner in Boulevard Carroll Entertainment Group, one of the largest, full-spectrum backline and production companies in the country. The New York City location alone boasts a full 17,500 square foot facility, and seven state of the art production/rehearsal studios, dance-friendly mirrored/wood-floored rooms, production offices, comfortable lounges, all to meet the needs from anything from an acoustic duo to a full orchestra with room for choreography.
Ryan Philip George is a guitar and keyboard tech and one of the founders of thistourlife.com. Ryan is a graduate of Temple University and got his start in the music business in Philadelphia at Centerstaging in 2001, where he became well versed in all aspects of Backline.
A few short years later he accepted his first touring gig as keyboard/computer tech on Beckʼs Guero tour. Since then, he has been touring full-time for such artists as Jack White, Sigur Ros, Arcade Fire, MGMT, Death Cab For Cutie, Macklemore and more.
Laura Davis-Chanin is a founding member of the band the Student Teachers, and the author of the book about her experiences in the NY punk scene, The Girl in the Back: A Female Drummer's Life with Bowie, Blondie, and the '70s Rock Scene.
Ashley Shepherd is a producer, composer, musician, author and owner of Audio Grotto, a full-service recording studio located in a turn-of-the-century church in Newport, KY.
Ashley’s client list includes Puma, Buffalo Trace, Proctor and Gamble, NFL, Oprah, Seinfeld, Craig Kilborn, and NASCAR. A short list of his film credits include “b-movie,” Three Barbecues, Vino Veritas, Fractured, and 50/50.
Ashley is also part owner in PICTUREMUSIC, a three-way partnership with Ben Davis and engineer Matt Hueneman to create complete audio productions (including original music) for agencies, brands, movie trailers and more.
Chris Wilson is a FOH Engineer based in Dallas, TX. He is officially sponsored by Lewitt Microphones and 64 Audio.
In 2018, he started the Million Dollar Quartet National tour, mixing on an Allen & Heath Dm64 with a Dlive S5000 Surface. He was featured in numerous publications, including FOHOnline Magazine, for his implementation of the Dlive System for this show.
Most recently, Chris and his wife launched ShowPro Beard Co., featuring all natural, non-waxy, beard balms that leave your beard soft, smooth, and nourished.
Erich Miller is the FOH Engineer for Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, currently based out of South Philly. He’s a graduate of The University of the Arts in Philadelphia with a degree in Jazz Trumpet performance and a minor in Music Technology.
Erich was first introduced to music at the age of five when his parents bought an upright piano and started taking him to piano lessons. A few years later, he discovered the trumpet, and a path was set that led him to pursue music in college.
Jason “Zito” Zito is an award-winning Production Manager with over 20 years of experience as a touring professional. With almost eighty countries under his belt, extensive vendor relationships, an attention to detail and open communications amongst his crew and artists, he’s operating at the top of his game and able to juggle multiple artists at once.
Arica Rust is a live sound engineer specializing in Front-Of-House systems engineering based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her expertise lies in designing, deploying, and optimizing sound reinforcement systems tailored to the client’s or artist’s needs. She is an expert in L-Acoustics and advanced user in d&b audiotechnik systems. She also has extensive experience as a monitor engineer, mix engineer, stage tech, RF coordinator, and communications specialist.
Mark Agnesi is General Manager of Norman’s Rare Guitars, located in the heart of the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles. Mark is an expert on Fender, Gibson, Rickenbacker, Gretsch and Martin guitars, making him one of the youngest authorities on vintage guitars in the world. Since starting at Norman’s in 2009, he has sold guitars to every major name in the entertainment business.
Charles Twilling is an industry veteran with over twenty-five years of experience as a touring professional. He’s been a Tour Manager, Production Manager, Stage Manager, Systems Tech, venue owner, artist liaison, and more.
Heather Bey is a Monitor Engineer and tech from Long Island who currently works at the Space at Westbury Theatre, mixing a range of events from concerts, MMA tournaments, and more.
A graduate from SUNY New Paltz, Heather was inspired to follow her passion for audio and upon graduating, and has worked steadily over the last few years, building her resume, and further deepening a love for her craft.
Chris Selim is a Musician, Producer, Engineer, and educator based just outside Montreal. He is also the founder of one of the web’s best recording resources; Mixdown-Online, where he shares tips, tricks and guides giving you the upper-hand on your recordings. His popular Youtube channel also serves to share his experience and provide the tools you need to make better recordings.
Michael Musburger knows what it’s like to be at the epicenter of something incredible. As a Seattle native, he not only witnessed the rise of the Grunge scene, but as a member of the Posies, and subsequent Production and Stage Manager for the Presidents of the United States of America, he was one of the scene’s first ambassadors.
For over fifty years Chris Adamson has led the kind of career most people would dream of. As one of the most sought after Production Manager’s in the business, he’s the guy who makes sure every piece of gear and all personnel gets from one part of the world to the other safely, on time, and that the show will certainly go on.
Fresh from graduating from the University of Hartford, Alan Venitosh promptly landed a job at Telefunken Elektroakustik in South Windsor, CT. A touring musician with a degree in music production and a keen interest in recording techniques, Alan joined owner Toni Fishman in their modest office space, never imagining where this turn of events would lead him.
Parnelli award-winning monitor engineer Greg Looper knows firsthand the role fate can play in a career. For the last several years he has been with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, first as a systems tech for FOH engineer Robert Scovill, but eventually stepping-in at monitors, where he has proven to be an invaluable asset.
Bobby Tis, guitar tech and monitor engineer for the Tedeschi Trucks Band, has fostered that trust for close 10 years. I spent an evening with Bobby at a recent gig in Simsbury, CT, and the level of camaraderie and closeness among the band and crew was certainly palpable.
It was at a Supertramp concert when he was 13 years old where Robert Scovill got his first glimpse of a FOH soundboard, and since that day, he’s followed his insatiable passion for live music all the way the top of his field.
This week I sit down with guitarist/producer Eric Ambel in Brooklyn to mine through the finer points of a career built on desire, attitude, and talent. After all, you don't get to play with the likes of Joan Jett or Steve Earl by pigeon-holing yourself into one style.
Paul Marcarelli has done it twice. For fourteen years he was the iconic face of Verizon who asked the question “can you hear me now?” and now, in a historic and unprecedented move, he’s back, representing mobile phone giant Sprint.
After thirty-plus years in the film business as a highly sought-after commercial director, John is now crossing over and back to his first love; music and songwriting. Along with singer Abby Layne, he’s chasing the muse, one song at a time.
It only takes a few seconds of watching Mike Bram play drums to know how much joy it brings him. The same can be said of talking to him about music and the incredible journey he’s been on since he climbed behind his first kit at just five years old.
What do all great songs have in common? Most likely they tell a great story. So it’s no wonder Chas Sandford is an award-winning, multi-platinum selling songwriter and producer, he also happens to be an amazing storyteller.
FOH engineer and 2 x Grammy Nominee producer Courtney Taylor is a hard man to track down. Every other week he flies from his home in Southern Florida to work overseas, and in between, he's either working for someone else, DJ'ing, or planning his next move.
It’s not uncommon for someone to start their career working at a place like SIR in New York City and end up on the road. That’s exactly what happened to Randy Brown. He met Roberta Flack while manning the stages at SIR, and the next thing he knew, he was travelling the country.
Joe Rudge was born to be a music supervisor. It's literally in his DNA. His father is famed Rolling Stones tour manager Pete Rudge, and his step-father was the iconic film director Elia Kazan. So you see, the apple most certainly has not fallen far from the tree.
I first met Joe Magistro and Katrine Ottosen in the Summer of 2014 while they were both on tour with Rich Robinson. The gig was in Patchogue, NY, and the trailer hauling all of their gear had broken down in New Jersey on the way to Long Island.
My guest this week is friend and filmmaker Bob Sarles of Ravin’ Films. Editor, producer, and rock music historian with some incredible credits to his name, Bob and his business partner Christina Keating, work on a variety of unique projects throughout the year
Tanya has carved an incredible international career for herself as an in-demand artist in the studio and on the road. These are just a few of the amazing artists she’s played with: Maynard James Keenan, Joshua Eustis, Orianthi, Ronnie Wood, and The Coors.
Becky Pell is one of the lucky people who is able to follow two of her passions and turn them into thriving careers. As a monitor mixer she has worked with an incredible range of artist’s including the Black Crowes, A-ha, Anastacia, Take That, Westlife, Kylie, Muse, and Natalie Imbruglia.
Passion. Heartbreak. Angels. Devils. Duende, And of course, Jazz. These are the things that keep guitarist Anthony Purrone driving and striving for the truth in his playing and just a few of the things that we mined through during our time together.
My guests today are songwriting and performing duo Lucinda Rowe and Michael Connelly. Based in the idyllic hills of Sherman, CT and forged out of the iconic rock sounds of the ‘70’s, these two have paid their dues and then some.
When I think of Jazz, the violin is not usually the first instrument that comes to mind, but today’s guest has set me straight. Zach Brock is a monster of his instrument and I’m so glad we found a break in his schedule to have him on the show.
To kick-off 2017 with style and grace my first guest in the studio is the smart and talented Fawn Segerson, otherwise known as Lullaby Girl. We talk about growing up in small town Connecticut, touring Paris, and her love of Elvis and Dolly Parton.
With 16 books to his name, Howard is a man of many talents; engineer, producer, songwriter, and musician. Howard's deep knowledge and love of the business is rivaled only by the incredible respect his peers have for him.
For this weeks episode I had the pleasure of sitting down via skype with Mike Bloomfield historian, David Dann. We recently spent time together up in Portland Maine for a screening of the film that I co-produced called Sweet Blues where Dann served as a moderator for the panel discussion.
How does one go from folding airbags for Honda and deboning chickens in South Carolina, to being Christian McBrides FOH audio engineer? To answer that question you are going to have to check out today’s interview featuring Fela Davis.
What’s up roadies? This week’s cure for your case of the Monday blues is brought to you by monitor engineer to the stars, Steve Walsh. A 20-year industry veteran, Walsh has worked with some of rocks biggest names including but not limited to; +44, Blink-182, The Foo Fighters, Tommy Lee, and Maroon 5...
This installment of Roadie Free Radio is coming to you straight from the sound studio of long time Rock 'n Roll veteran, Charlie Karp. A man who has been through it all, Charlie landed his first big gig at the tender age of 16, thanks to a chance encounter at the Filmore East. That fateful night would introduce Karp to Buddy Miles. Charlie would go on to tour, write, and record for Miles over a period of two years. Did we mention all of this happened before his 20th birthday?
Musician. Entrepreneur. Hustler. I think those are three good words to describe David Koltai. And just so we’re clear, I mean hustler in the best sense of the word. When I arrived at the Pigtronix/Supro office in Port Jefferson, NY, David was juggling several calls, pausing shortly in between to confer with any of his staff who poked their head in for a quick word.
Roger Sadowsky is very clear that he never wanted his business to feel like a factory. The world in which he builds his instruments should feel more like a workshop than anything else. Wandering through his shop, past the several workstations occupied by his master builders, it's clear that he has succeeded.
It's no secret that for years the "road" has been a male-dominated workplace. However, that's quickly changing, and women like Rachel Ryan are forging new and indelible paths, demonstrating their might and talent, making way for a new generation of roadies.
I've known Mike Fratantuno for a while now. We met as he was making the transition from founding member and bass player with the Black Eyed Peas, to scoring music for various high-profile film and television productions with his bandmates Brian Lapin and Terence Yoshiaki, also former members of the Peas.
Growing up in the '70's, Blood, Sweat, & Tears was definitely on heavy rotation in our house. "Spinning Wheel," "What Goes Up," "Sometimes in Winter"; these tunes are etched in my memory. I can't even tell you how many times my mom sang verse after verse of "God Bless the Child" to both my sister and I.
In all honesty, I didn’t know much about Harvey Citron before our interview. I had met him at a few random events in Woodstock, NY, but we never had an opportunity to get to know each other. And, I knew nothing about his guitars or basses. As I prepped to sit down with him, I quickly picked-up on the care, precision, and thought that he brings to each instrument and to each new design endeavor that he approaches.
"Record with John Lennon." That was Alex's response when I asked him what the future holds for him. Thing is, if he had the chance, he would probably be the kind of producer Lennon would want. I've seen Alex in action in his studio Starr Ridge, in Brewster, NY., and he never stopped moving during the entire session. It was inspiring to say the least.
I first met Cindy Cashdollar when I was shooting the documentary film BRASS, GLASS, & STEEL: THE MAKING OF ARLEN ROTH’S SLIDE GUITAR SUMMIT. She was in the middle of a small tour with Sonny Landreth, and they were stopping in to record a few tunes with Arlen at Starr Ridge Studios in Brewster, NY. She was gracious, professional, and incredibly focused.
When I told people Peter Moshay was a guest on the show, the immediate reaction was "WOW!" Right away it was evident that Peter has earned the respect of his peers and colleagues in the industry, and that he is held in high esteem by those that have crossed paths with him.
Sometimes I have to pinch myself at how lucky I am to spend time with my guests and Jim Weider is no exception to that rule. Jim’s roots in American music run deep, and his fifteen-year tenure with the Band helped to cement his status as a Master of the Telecaster guitar.
Mike "aNaLoGman" Piera is a true renaissance man. Not only is he a devoted husband and father, he's also a record-setting Porsche racing driver, a top-ranked tennis player, and most famously, the man behind one of the most sought after effects pedals today; the King of Tone.
Doug Redler is one of the most well respected guitar techs in his field. He has spent countless hours and thousands of miles with the likes of K.D. Lang, Paul Simon, Slash, Peter Gabriel, The Counting Crows, the Dixie Chicks....
Mitch Colby is a true veteran of the music industry. After spending an amazing thirty years with Korg USA, Mitch has not only gone on to launch his own successful line of handmade boutique amplifiers, he's resurrected the classic Park amplifier...
In our inaugural episode we sit down Brian Gerosa, the owner and proprietor of Gerosa Records. Located in Brookfield, Ct., the shop has been up and running since 1986. It is a rare breed of people like Brian that can have a customer walk through his doors with little to no direction as to what they are looking for, and end up leaving equipped with a new favorite record.