Amelia Rosenberger is a trombonist and yoga teacher based in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. She has dedicated her career to helping musicians relieve tension, pain, and performance anxiety through the practice of yoga. She believes that it is important that musicians take care of both their bodies and minds in order to create sustainable careers. She has taught her Yoga for Trombone workshop at universities including Northwestern University, DePaul University, and the University of Texas at Arlington. In addition to her yoga teaching, Amelia is an accomplished trombonist. She won the American Trombone Workshop Division II National Solo Competition in 2015 among several others. Amelia is currently a graduate trombone student at the University of Texas at Arlington studying with Dennis Bubert, and teaches a weekly Yoga for Musicians class to her peers.
This episode is with Ray Hearne. Ray is quickly being recognized as one of the premier drummers in progressive metal playing with Haken. Formed in 2007, Haken has steadily grown to become a globally touring act and a household name for progressive metal fans worldwide. Aside from playing and teaching drums, Ray is also a professional classical tuba player and recently a big collector of hot sauces!
This episode is with Ryan Van Poederooyen. Ryan, also known as RVP, is a world-class drummer, best known for his work with Devin Townsend. Among other things, Ryan is an educator and motivational speaker who inspires people to live a life of purpose and happiness. RVP has been recognized globally for his excellent musicianship in major magazines such as Modern Drummer, Rhythm, and others. His accolades and endorsements are too many to list here. Recently Ryan formed Imonolith with Brian Waddell of Devin Townsend’s Project and has been the primary businessman in the band.
This episode is with Mats Haugen. Mats is the guitarist and one of the founding members of Circus Maximus, an international progressive metal sensation around for almost 20 years. Aside from the band. Mats is based in Oslo, where he is constantly occupied—playing with some of the top rock, pop and hip-hop artists in Norway.
Steve Soboslai is a Pittsburgh based singer-songwriter and audio engineer. He is a founding member of the rock band Punchline, who got their start on a record label called Fueled By Ramen. He also performs solo under the moniker Blue of Colors. Over the years, Punchline toured internationally with bands like Fall Out Boy, Paramore, Less Than Jake, Bayside, Bowling For Soup, and Reel Big Fish. In 2012, Punchline recorded an EP in Los Angeles called "So Nice To Meet You", which peaked at #1 on the iTunes Rock charts. Steve has more recently started a marketing company called Craft Services which had stemmed out of Punchline having their own Kickstarter campaign and wanting to help others with similar efforts and more.
This episode is with Ben Cohen. Ben plays guitar for Video Game Metal band Powerglove, as well as modern progressive metal band Lattermath. Powerglove tours the US and Canada regularly with bands such as Dragonforce, Symphony X, and Sonata Arctica. They’ve played on the Summer Slaughter Tour, appeared at video game, anime and comic conventions and recently appeared on the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise. Ben is a Berklee College of Music alumnus and is currently based in Los Angeles, where he also does session work and gigs. As an educator, Ben has taught lessons, clinics, and rock band classes for over 17 years.
Sahil Makhija is a death metal front-man of Demonic Resurrection, but better known currently as the host and chef of Headbanger’s Kitchen which has 350,000+ subscribers at the time of this writing. His show mostly features him cooking food for the keto diet while having metal music on in the background. His recipes are very wide ranging. Sahil had gone through many phases. Some of these include cooking, marketing, audio engineering and computer science.
This episode is with Rusty Cooley. Rusty has achieved what most guitarists strive for, unbounded speed. In fact Rusty is one of the fastest guitarists alive! He was an early adopter of the internet and was one of the first guitarists to make a name for himself through the new medium with his Chops From Hell instructional videos.
This episode is with Leslie Hunt. Leslie is an extraordinary singer and performer who has reached the semi-finals of American Idol — beating out over 100,000 contestants and repeatedly performing for millions on live TV. She has her own record label, several solo albums with star artists, and for the past decade she has been the singer of a progressive rock band called District 97. I met Leslie when my band, Infinite Spectrum, performed with District 97 at Progtoberfest in Chicago a few years back.
This episode is with Casey Grillo. Casey is most known for being the drummer of Kamelot for most of their career. Recently he has been the touring drummer of Queensrych and has been running a successful boutique video drum head business with clients like Kiss, Jennifer Lopez, Eminem, and many others! He is also recording music for a video game.
I got the pleasure chat with Neal on personal topics ranging from his relationship with his family and how he keeps up with them while touring, to how he maintains his health with the challenges of regulating diet, exercise and sleep on the road. We also got to discuss how his faith informs every aspect of what he does.