Rock and Roll

Al Schmitt’s career as a recording engineer covers more than 50 years of innovations in pro audio development and nearly every musical style. Al was the recording engineer for most of the great performers of the 1960s to present, several of whom became personal friends with Al. One such client that...
Mark Schulman remembers seeing The Beatles perform on The Ed Sullivan Show when he was three. The moment he saw Ringo something resonated within him and he knew what he wanted to do. Mark started playing cello as a kid and slowly started learning how to play drums as well. In high school he played...
John Sebastian has a rather impressive and intriguing connection with the music products industry and has for several decades. Did you know he worked in a guitar shop in Manhattan in the 1960s sanding tops? That was before he soared to the top of the charts with the rock band the Lovin' Spoonful....
Bob See was the founder of See Factor, one of the pioneering and innovative pro-lighting and pro-sound services in the world. Bob’s influential career began when Bill Graham opened up a music venue in New York City called the Fillmore East in the late 1960s. Bob cut his teeth in the lighting field...
Denny Seiwell went along on gigs with his father who was the drummer for the Tommy Dorsey band during the great Swing Era.  Denny recalled sitting on the floor and watching his father play.  As a young child, Denny took up the drums and loved every minute.  During school he played in marching bands...
Brian Setzer nearly single handedly brought back the popularity of the rockabilly electric guitar sound that was first established by Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley's first guitarist.  Brian was interviewed for the NAMM Oral History program within a month of Scotty Moore's passing in the summer of...
András Simonyi grew up listening to traditional Yiddish and Hungarian folk music, but his true love was rock and roll music. This became a lifeline for him growing up behind the iron curtain and helped him feel less isolated. Mr. Simonyi became an economist and later an ambassador for Hungry which...
Leland Sklar may be among the top recorded bass players in history. As a studio and film score composer, Leland has recorded with countless performers and for top rated movies since his career began in the 1960s. His album work includes sessions with Reba McEntire, Bette Midler, Graham Nash,...
Mark Slaughter was a founding member of the hard rock band, Slaughter, which has sold more than five million records and placed four songs on the Billboard Top 30 Charts.  In addition to his musical career, Mark is also a voice actor for the Cartoon Network.  The acting job exposed him to TV and...
Chad Smith developed a great sense of rhythm at an early age and attributes that to having music constantly surrounding him. He was in love with the musician’s lifestyle and knew that he wanted to make drumming a career. After putting in the work playing clubs six nights a week and playing in...

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