Me on the Life-Like Podcast: Life story so far

Last week I was delighted to be asked to be part of the Life-Like Podcast where I shared my life story so far.

Life-Like is a conversational interview podcast hosted by Minneapolis musician Schuyler Petersen [aka GREY(coyote)]. Cataloging conversations with interesting and prolific people (musicians, artists, activists, media moguls, etc.) from around the Twin Cities and elsewhere; the goal of this podcast is to inform, educate, entertain and hopefully bring everyone involved to a deeper understanding of the human condition.

Drummer Cafe Interview

While we were down at the Summer NAMM Show in Nashville this year I was delighted to meet Bart Elliott from Drummer Cafe. I was also delighted when he asked if I would come to the Drummer Cafe studios and do an interview with him. Bart has worked very hard over the past 15 years to create one of the worlds most popular and trusted drumming resources featuring interviews and lessons from many of the worlds top drummers and percussionists.

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Click to watch full interview on Drummer Cafe

Summer NAMM Show 2013

I am back home now after spending a week in one of the greatest cities in America: Nashville, TN. The reason I was there was for the Summer NAMM Show, an annual event that sees some of the worlds premier musical instrument manufacturers, retailers, & artists gather under one roof.

It was my first time at the show and as the U.S distributor for Sela Cajons, we were there to bring the word of Sela to the American market.

The NAMM staff were always there to help with what ever we needed and most people who came to our booth over the weekend were very friendly and interested in what we were showing.

We managed to gain a lot of media attention while we were there, including a spots on ABC morning news in Nashville, Balcony TV, Drummer Cafe, & Drum! This was most unexpected and added an air of excitement and exposure to the show that brought even more interest our way.

One of the coolest things that happened at the show began at the Wells Fargo bank on Music Row, Nashville. While in there I met a man by the name of Christian Wolf who is the drummer with Angel Mary & the Tennessee Werewolves, a Nashville country band who are fast gaining some major attention.

I met Christian later that weekend at NAMM and we ended up endorsing Christian as a Sela Cajon artist. Christian is excited to use the cajon for smaller acoustic shows as well as on radio and TV appearances.

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Angel Mary & the Tennessee Werewolves will release their new single July 30th.

We were also honored to be recorded for Balcony TV Nashville and after meeting with the shows host Crow Lee Belcher who plays with Nashville folk/rock/hip hop band IIIRD Class, we decided to sign Crow to the Sela artist roster too. What a top man!

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In the booth at NAMM with Crow

Another highlight for me was meeting Bart Elliot from Drummer Cafe. Bart asked me if I would come to his studio to record an interview for his up coming show. We spoke about everything from cajons to Shetland Sheep. It was a pleasure to hang out. Stay tuned for the episode.

I must say that having been fortunate to travel to many American cities, Nashville now sits as one of my favorite. I am sure there is an underside as there is with any place, but over all people were genuinely friendly, it was clean, had a great vibe, and there was music every where you turned. We will be back.

PJ

Jamming with Crow & Christian Wolf at NAMM

Paul at NAMM SHOW: Day 1

Summer NAMM 2013 opened in Nashville yesterday and what a day we had.

Many great people came by to see us at our booth where we were featuring the amazing Sela Kit Cajons. NAMM goers were amazed at not only the high quality of the kit, but also of  just how good the Selas sound.

It was great to meet some great fellow exhibitors like our neighbours, Pintech and ARJ Percussion who are making some very unique cajon products.

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With Bart Elliot from Drummer Cafe

It was an absolute pleasure to meet Bart from Drummer Cafe and chat to him for a while. He is a top guy and runs a fantastic drumming resource.

Tomorrow will be a big press day for us as we will be appearing on ABC Morning News in Nashville as well as on the world-wide internet TV show Balcony TV. This is so exciting for us and a great opportunity to get the word of the cajon out in America.

I must also say that it was great to finally meet the NAMM staff. Without their hard work none of this would be possible.

Okay, I must go. Another day of meeting the music industry awaits.

PJ