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Season 2 is upon us! Listen in on Greg Koch's conversations with his guitar-hero friends. Every episode Greg unleashes his fiendish humor and unique perspective as "one of the most famous unknown guitar players in the world", asking his often-famous musical friends the questions that we all want to know the answers to! Each episode is brought to you by Fishman and Wildwood Guitars
 
Guitar Smarts is a podcast for guitarists and working musicians from the everyday walk of life, pro and amateur alike. Matt and Kiran are self professed 'non-professional' guitarists. With years of gigging experience behind them as function/session guitarists and on the pub and club blues circuit in the UK, join Kiran and Matt as they discuss everything guitar and music related, nerd out on gear talk, have a laugh about their experiences playing live and lament on the fact that they will nev ...
 
The informative podcast for musicians on amplifiers, guitars and everything between. Your host Jeff Bober is considered by his peers as the "Godfather of low wattage amps" and is the owner of East Amplification. Along with Mick Marcellino who covers all of the guitar needs this show will not only be informative but a fun listen.
 
Stu, Derek, and their guests will laugh about and explore all of the weird, scary, creepy things that keep us up at night, and the one thing that helps us forget all about them. From nuclear proliferation to ghosts to asteroids to artificial intelligence and everything in between, each episode will bring a new personal fear and a new craft beer (or, being realistic, a few of each) that we will analyze while we usually veer off and explore several tangents. My guests will include friends, col ...
 
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Daryl has been the exceptional touring guitarist/bassist with Genesis since 1977 (42 years), and Phil Collins main guitarist since his first solo album. Besides digging into his time with both, Greg and Daryl talk about his early years with Jean Luc Ponty, Gino Vannelli, and Daryl's solo project, and also what it's like for a touring musician to li…
 
Crime fiction powerhouse and former circuit comedian, CK McDonnell is on the cusp of levelling further up, with a TV adaptation of his half a million selling “Dublin Trilogy” in the works. We talk about how to write fast, being calibrated for tough criticism, solving problems in the shower, and how to let characters evolve - especially Bunny McGarr…
 
Jo Koy is a stand-up comedian with multiple stand-up specials on Comedy Central and Netflix. Learn more here: http://www.jokoy.com/ TIMESTAMPS: 0:00 - Introduction 1:30 - The Jo Koy name 8:20 - Opening up about his brother 15:10 - Prejudice 25:30 - Biggest risks 43:30 - Rejection 48:45 - Depression 54:15 - Bobby Lee 1:07:50 - Bombing on stage 1:17:…
 
For quite a few decades now, many guitar manufacturers have honoured some of their more famous users with signature instruments. Arguably the oldest signature instrument is the Gibson Les Paul, which has evolved into a whole range of guitars. For some guitarists, a signature guitar is a representation of what they prefer in a standard instrument an…
 
In an industry awash with “edgelord” comedians, Fin Taylor is the real deal. Erudite, thunderously funny, and provocative having done the reading first, he manages to annoy absolutely everybody. We talk about how his unusual schooling instilled in him an apparent license to infuriate; how his need to row back from the furthest possible point makes …
 
Shonn has received accolades for his guitar work with many superstars, including Mary J Blige, John Legend, Jill Scott, Jay Z, Lil Wayne, Patti LaBelle, Gym Class Heroes, and Carol King. His own Milwaukee-based band Shotgun has been making waves nationally. Greg and Shonn get into the details of the many facets of Shonn's musical life! Fishman Dedi…
 
Greg McKeown is the bestselling author of Essentialism, Effortless, Multiplers, and a keynote speaker. He is the CEO of McKeown Inc. Clients include Adobe, Apple, Google, Facebook, Pixar, Salesforce.com, Symantec, Twitter, VMware and Yahoo!. His writing has appeared or been covered by The New York Times, Fast Company, Fortune, HuffPost, Politico, a…
 
This week we conclude our conversation on the best mods you can do to your guitars to make them better! Rate and Review the Guitar Smarts podcast here: https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/guitar-smarts-1580199 (On the right hand side, press the button that says 'Rate this Podcast') https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/guitar-smarts/id1548265334 (Fo…
 
Stevie Martin has been generating excellent material for years, and is now starting to break through due to her jaw-droppingly funny online videos, packed with punchlines and with a genuinely unique flavour. We talk about the huge amount of time and prep that goes into her work, as she battles to feel like a “proper comedian” in an industry that pr…
 
Ray Couture is an astrologer, who you may recognize from the viral video (16M+ views) of guessing random stranger's zodiac signs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rd-yH8hzTLs We got into discussion around the history of astrology, what Ray looks for when he's doing a reading, a dive into each astrology sign and their strengths & weaknesses, and much…
 
Scott is no stranger to big stages, as he was Gregg Allman's guitarist and musical director until his death, and is now the newest member of Little Feat. An incredible guitarist and singer, Sharrard's musical journey started long before his time with these venerable bands. Greg and Scott get into the details! 2:36 - Scott’s home and creative anchor…
 
Welcome back! This week we give you part 1 of our Guitar Modifications conversation. There are many things you can do to add incremental capability to your guitar, from simple guitar string choice to rewiring. We take a look at the best ways to add more tone to your guitar! Rate and Review the Guitar Smarts podcast here: https://www.podchaser.com/p…
 
Irrepressibly optimistic, utterly in love with his craft and very mentally robust, Paul Zerdin is the British ventriloquist who won America's Got Talent. We talk about his lengthy career working across different circuits -- from variety, cruises and holiday camps to mainstream comedy -- and discuss how he navigates the suspicions of the alternative…
 
Duke is a guitarist's guitarist, known for his melodic virtuosity and classic tone. He draws six-string enthusiasts from far and wide to his frequent shows in Boston when he isn't on the road or in the studio with artists such as Peter Wolf, Shawn Colvin, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Dennis Brennan, Slaid Cleaves, and The J Geils Band to name a few. Greg…
 
Dr. Adam Gazzaley is your modern day Renaissance man. He's an American neuroscientist, author, photographer, entrepreneur and inventor. He founded Neuroscape, a translational neuroscience center designing and developing novel brain assessment and optimization tools to impact education, wellness, and medicine practices. He's the Chief Science Adviso…
 
Buying a used guitar can be a difficult process, especially when it involves you parting ways with lots of your hard earned cash. What can you do to be more prepared, better informed and increasingly confident about the decision you make? This week, Kiran & Matt discuss the process of buying used guitars and the steps you can take to prepare. Remem…
 
Josh Johnson doesn't put a foot wrong. This masterful young US comic never stops working and is reaping the benefits with a place in the Daily Show writers' room, and two brand new releases: his own music/comedy collaboration "Mixtape", and his debut special "# (Hashtag)". We encounter a really thoughtful approach to his art, and talk about his pos…
 
One of YouTube's most popular guitar heroes, Chris is known for his stellar guitar playing (Guitarist Magazine's 2020 Best Blues Guitarist) along with the wit and insight he brings to his weekly, self-produced "Friday Fretwork" series. Greg and Chris dive into a little of everything: influences, tone, fatherhood, vintage pickups - P-90s, and vintag…
 
Troy Carter is a former manager of John Legend, Lady Gaga, Meghan Trainer, and more, a Shark Tank investor, former Head of Creator Services at Spotify, and now the CEO of Q & A. He's also an investor in Uber, Lyft, Dropbox, Spotify, and more. Troy has quite a resume & story, coming up with Sean Combs (Puff Daddy) as an intern, being discovered by W…
 
Welcome back Guitar Smarts listeners! Here in the UK, Covid restrictions are beginning to lift and gigging is back on the agenda! The prospect had us both thinking, what have been our best and worst gigging experiences over our years of gigging? Remember to please subscribe wherever you listen to your podcasts, and come to see us on our social medi…
 
“A drill-sergeant not a perfectionist”, Jessie Cave enjoys simultaneous careers as an actress, comic, artist, and performance artist, all of which marry an extraordinary pragmatism with an attitude of artistic abundance. We talk about her relentless documentation of her life as a means of seeking permanence, the tragic death of her brother in 2019 …
 
A potentate of the instrumental guitar relm, Prashant is an incredible player, engineer and producer. Greg digs into Prashant's musical journey through the Berklee College of Music, Greg Howe, and then onto the LA music scene. 1:52 - Prashant’s year in 2020 - moving from LA to Northern California, celebrating the birth of his third child, and treas…
 
Derek Zanutto is the General Partner at CapitalG, a growth-stage venture capital arm of Google (Alphabet). Before CapitalG, he was an investor in Uber, Airbnb, Lynda.com, CAA, and more. In our conversation, we go into: How Derek went from studying liberal arts/touring as a musican to becoming an investor How he got into Wall Street with zero to lit…
 
Welcome back! This week Kiran and Matt are talking about the songs that changed or affected their guitar playing the most throughout their lives as guitarists. What songs can you think of that you consider to be watershed moments in your playing career? Remember to please subscribe wherever you listen to your podcasts, and come to see us on our soc…
 
How did a grumpy table magician find a way to turn “being pathetic” into 400 shows a year in his own theatre at Las Vegas? Only Piff The Magic Dragon knows! We’ll discover how a shop-bought dragon costume flicked the switch from sackable corporate table guy, to deadpan bulletproof performer and self-styled “loser of America’s Got Talent”. Along the…
 
The legendary Robben Ford has played with everyone from Miles Davis to KISS, and over his long career, he's consistently pushed the boundaries of his own incredible guitar playing to dizzying heights. Greg and Robben catch up on the former LA musician's current life in Nashville, Robben's new record "Pure", the Guitar Dojo, vintage guitars, and oth…
 
Dotsie Bausch is an Olympic athlete, activist, and renowned speaker. She competed in the London 2012 Olympics, and has won 8 US national championships as a professional cyclist. Dotsie is an advocate for adopting the plant-based lifestyle, and was named by VegNews in 2019 as one of the top 20 most influential vegans in the world. She was also featu…
 
Welcome back! This week the boys are lamenting about a guitarists worst enemy and best friend, Gear Acquisition Syndrome! Why is it that guitarists are never happy with what they have, and are always trying to find a reason to spend more and more on equipment that they may or may not need? This week we try and find out! Remember to please subscribe…
 
If you are new to the podcast and haven't listened to us yet, this is the episode to listen too. Here you will find some of the best bits of the first 20 episodes, where we introduce ourselves, talk about our influences, guitars, desert island rigs, challenge each other, speak to musicians and genuine rock stars too! Remember to please subscribe wh…
 
If you thought wrestlers shared some of the tropes of comedians’ lives, wait til you hear about historians! Comedy-adjacent public historian, writer of “Dead Famous” and other superb books, and creator and host of “You’re Dead To Me” (BBC Sounds) Greg Jenner had factual oversight on every word of Horrible Histories ever recorded, and wrote some of …
 
The Guitar Smarts team are incredibly happy to share with you our conversation with British Blues Rock Giant-to-be, Matt Long. Matt is the front man and leader of international touring blues rock powerhouse Catfish, who are making waves on the music scene in the UK and Europe. Matt joins us after winning the 2021 UK Blues Award for Instrumentalist …
 
“Not a cute ragdoll, but a disgusting sex robot”, Rosie Jones is a triple-threat in ways of which you couldn’t dream if you hadn’t seen her act. Leveraging hugely punchy comedy from people’s constant underestimation at her sheer agency, we discover the precision comic timing borne of her cerebral palsy; her new political dynamism; and why she won’t…
 
The Titan of the Telecaster, King of Dieselbilly, and Mr "Hot Rod Lincoln" himself Bill Kirchen chews the Gristle with Greg today. They dig into Bill's history, beginnings and talk about the differences between being a working musician then and now. And of course, they talk Tele! 1:36 - Bill’s first live-music experience in a year 3:41 - How Bill’s…
 
This week, Matt & Kiran scrape through the deepest depths of their gigging experience as non-pro musicians to bring you the definitive Boy Scouts guide to gigging! Learn everything you need to know to be prepared for your weekend gig, from the tools you should carry with you to the gig, the the planning and preparation you do before hand. Remember …
 
Laser-guided comic, writer and corporate host, the "modnifique" Ian Moore is every inch the Comedy Store headliner, but in the early part of his career his battle with stage fright left him a more deadpan act than he intended. We talk about the phenomenon of white blokes in suits raging against the world; the reality of his apparent dream life comm…
 
"The Fretless Monster" Tony Franklin has played with some of rock's most iconic names, and he's well known for his individual approach to the fretless bass. He's played with Roy Harper, The Firm, Jimmy Page, Paul Rodgers, David Gilmour, Kate Bush, Whitesnake, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Greg and Tony catch up about remote recording, LA vs England, Th…
 
Jon Oringer is the founder of Shutterstock.com (NYSE: SSTK), a global marketplace of stock photography, footage, music, and editing tools. In our conversation, we discuss how he started Shutterstock, why he recommends entrepreneurs to bootstrap their company for as long as they can, when it may make sense to raise capital from investors, and how yo…
 
Guitar Smarts are once again proud and happy to be joined by the immensely talented and hard-working Damiain Lodrick. If you are a musician who enjoys playing live but isn't ready to make the step to joining a band, or even in a band but not gigging enough, you probably have been to a Jam night at a local pub. This week, Damo takes us through his e…
 
Is Stuart Laws an absurdist rambler who froths up a load of increasingly hilarious nonsense whilst honking in a gilet? Or is he an astute and quite private man who started a production company when he was 18, and went on to produce his own sitcom Grave new World (Amazon Prime) as well as directing James Acaster’s “Repertoire” (Netflix) and countles…
 
Butch is one of the most in-demand producers in the rock and pop music world, and he also happens to be one powerful beast of a guitarist and songwriter. Greg and Butch get down and dirty on producing, gear, LA vs Nashville, and many other gristly topics. Dig it! 3:59 - Butch’s thoughts on the evolution of music in regard to the internet - is it th…
 
Yes, you read the title right. Greg Koch. As in co-founder of Stone Brewing. Greg Koch. As in the co-master mind of some of the best hop-forward beers this side of, well, Earth. Arrogant Bastard. Ruination. Enjoy By. Cali Belgique. Frankly, too many to name here. But we could go on. We digress. Greg joins the Beer Freaks Crew to talk about Germany'…
 
This week, Kiran and Matt are joined by Mat Lake, one of the hardest working and most in-demand guitar teachers in the South East of the UK. Mat talks us through his early life as a student, how he got into teaching guitar and how he manages his bursting diary of guitar related activities such as teaching in schools, privately, gigging, educational…
 
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