Behind the Backline

Behind the Backline

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Welcome to Behind the Backline, the podcast where we chat with merchants, brands and industry professionals in the musical instrument, pro audio and event technology space about their products, services, industry trends, stories, and more. Join us as we dig into the stories behind our favorite backline gear. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/behindthebackline/support


Michael Molenda - Guitar Player Magazine, Music Journalism & Beyond
May 23 • 32 min
No one can predict the future. No one can ever know what’s coming next (except me, just kidding). A lot of times we have to roll with what life throws at us, regardless of how predictable we want our life to be. As humans we are creatures of habit, loving…
Bluesman Vintage Guitars - A Family Business Powered by Passion and Fate
May 10 • 46 min
Most people who go into business have an idea they want to try and make a valiant effort and are aware that things are either moving or not moving. Most people need to put in the work to watch the seed they plant grow. Every once in awhile, though, it…
Capital Music Gear - An Online Music Gear Store With Heart
Apr 26 • 28 min
Let’s face it: online retail store options are pretty cut and dry. Predictable discounts and sales. The same standard website design and layout. The same old shopping cart experience (unless you’re Amazon). And most online music gear stores aren’t much…
Death By Audio - Effect Pedals That Cause Total Sonic Annihilation
Apr 11 • 30 min
DISCLAIMER: No cats were harmed in the making of this episode. But one was seen in the background of our video chat. Fuzz War. Cats. Absolute Destruction. Cats. Apocalypse. Cats. Interstellar Overdriver. Cats. Evil Filter. Cats. Robot. Cats. Supersonic…
Baldman Percussion - Pushing the Drumming Boundaries With “Junk”
Mar 28 • 23 min
First of all, 3 drummers on a podcast don’t make a right. But they do make the occasional awful pun and have lots of fun! Hell they even rhyme sometimes! And to top it all off, 2 of them are bald and one resembles Andy Samberg! Lonely Island anyone? DON’T…
Chance Productions - Chasing Your Dream in a Tale of Two Cities
Mar 15 • 33 min
DISCLAIMER: YES, this is our one-year anniversary episode! NO, this is not our last episode. NO, this guest does not kill podcasts! Now back to our regularly scheduled programming. Everyone personal story and every business story comes from humble…
Drumnetics - Beating New Life Into The Bass Drum Pedal
Mar 1 • 36 min
As a drummer for 25 years, I feel it’s fairly safe to say this: for years, the concept of the bass drum pedal has remained fairly unchanged. Aside from a few variations on the chain drive, such as the bike chain, fabric strap, or other materials used for…
CenterStaging - Providing Backline Gear For the Greatest Shows on Earth
Feb 15 • 30 min
For most of us, we will never be directly involved with the production of a major television production. Sad but true. But that doesn’t mean we can’t hear the stories from someone who is and use our imagination to transport ourselves to those stages,…
Carolina Drumworks - Finding a Deeper Appreciation for Drums Through Building
Feb 1 • 28 min
For most people who come into contact with drums, they have a very basic understanding of the relationship between a drummer and his tools. And the case is the same for some drummers too, who only enjoy the basic level of understanding when playing and…
INDeDrum Lab - Crafting a Better Drum by Building on a Legend
Jan 18 • 20 min
How do you make the drummer from Brooks & Dunn, Reba McEntire and Jewel drop his jaw? All it takes is three simple steps: 1.) Work for a legendary drum brand for 5 years 2.) Observe and see where their process could stand to make improvements 3.) Start…
DrumART.com - Custom Bass Drum Heads to Make Your Drummer (More) Important*
Jan 4 • 32 min
Have you ever been to a concert and noticed the sexy, awesome band logo or custom artwork that the drummer has on his front bass drum head? Have you ever wondered how they do that or where they get it from? You haven’t? Well, tough noodles. I’m still…
Lords of the Trident - The Most Metal Backline That’s 700 Years in the Making
Sep 7, 2018 • 32 min
Imagine if you were alive 700 years ago and, while hosting a concert that was giving out free rats for every ticket sold, you accidentally caused the Bubonic Plague? What would YOU do? If you were Lords of the Trident, the most immortal, most metal band…
Sugar Percussion - Premium Drums Inspired by Family and Furniture Making
Aug 31, 2018 • 27 min
When you’re a drummer that has made custom furniture for 20 years and your drums age to the point of being unplayable, what options do you have? Well, you could wait to scrap together enough money to buy a new one, or decide to put those woodworking…
Mahalo Amps - Quality Guitar Amps Born From a Single Quality Doorstop
Aug 24, 2018 • 19 min
Most companies, new and old, can trace their origins back to a similar story of when their founder had an idea and how it evolved over the years to become the company we know and admire. This story starts with a doorstop (for real). Mahalo founder Richie…
Dream Cymbals & Gongs - High Quality Cymbals Born From a Grass Roots Movement
Aug 17, 2018 • 30 min
A lot of businesses usually follow a pattern of starting out family-based and traditionally small with a focus on the customer. But as growth happens, it can be really easy to lose sight of that in order to accommodate the ever-changing landscape of a…
Istanbul Mehmet Cymbals - 100% Hand-Crafted Cymbals from Turkey
Aug 10, 2018 • 32 min
In an industry that has evolved from making its products by hand to making them via machine in order to ensure consistency, it can be hard to be the one that resists and insists that the original way is still the best way. Technology is changing all the…
Live Undiscovered Music (LÜM) - Music Streaming for the Other 90% of Music
Aug 3, 2018 • 27 min
It seems like everywhere you look these days there’s another music streaming service or music discovery tool that caters only to popular mainstream music, including Spotify and Pandora. But did you realize that by focusing on only this music demographic…
Broadjam - Giving Independent Musicians Opportunities for Placement in Radio, Film and TV
Jul 27, 2018 • 30 min
It can be hard for lesser-known bands and musicians to get a foothold in several areas of the music industry without having the right connections or, as old school as it sounds, a record label. This is true when it comes to trying to get licensing…
DynaMount - Bringing Engineering Back to Sound Engineering
Jul 20, 2018 • 28 min
In the good ol’ days, songs and albums were recorded without technology like compression. At that time, it was imperative to find the sweet spot manually. Microphone positioning was everything. These days, we tend to rely quite a bit more on technology…
Drumeo - Making Music Education Online as Easy as Netflix
Jul 13, 2018 • 30 min
Taking online lessons for anything requires a lot of self-discipline, especially since your online instructor can’t necessarily hold you accountable like an in-person instructor can. But what if the platform allowed you to interact with your…
Flattley Guitar Pedals - Creating Highly Personalized, Handmade Custom Guitar Pedals in the UK
Jul 6, 2018 • 24 min
What do aviation avionics and guitar pedals have in common? Paul Flattley, of course! Achieving perfection in sound, quality, and personalization can be quite the daunting task when it comes to making custom guitar pedals, but when perfection is basically…
Beier Drums - Custom Snare Drums from the Land of Beer and Cheese
Jun 29, 2018 • 29 min
Getting a compliment on the way you look can always make your day. But getting a compliment on the way your drum sounds when that person has never even seen the actual product but knows it right away in a crowded, noisy venue? That might be the best kind…
SJC Drums - Custom Drums as Unique as the Drummers that Play Them
Jun 22, 2018 • 29 min
Every business on the planet has a story that starts with humble beginnings. Some companies are created with well-intentioned goals, while some are formed by accident out of a passion or hobby. Some start in fancy business incubators while some start in…
Audiofusion - Using Wi-Fi to Turn Your Mobile Device into a Wireless Monitoring System
Jun 15, 2018 • 25 min
Musicians love their wireless in-ear monitoring systems. It gives them the freedom to move around the stage without worrying about tripping over extra cables or getting tangled while playing. But did you ever stop to think why you need to have a separate…
Wampler Pedals - Achieving World Class Guitar Tones Through Experimentation
Jun 8, 2018 • 34 min
If you’re a guitar player, you already know there is an endless array of available guitar pedals on the market today that seems to provide any sound or tone you are looking for. But what if there isn’t? What if you still can’t find that perfect tone that…
Blipblox - Encouraging the Future of Music Through Creativity and Audio Exploration
Jun 1, 2018 • 21 min
These days it seems like there is an early learning process or product for everything, and it keeps targeting children at a younger and younger age. Except for the keyboard and “touch and learn” type educational toys for kids, there never seemed to be…
SMASHmouse - Giving You the Power to Kick It to Click It!
May 25, 2018 • 32 min
As technology and music continue to mesh and evolve, musicians sometimes find themselves in new and awkwardly frustrating situations. For example, when attempting to learn to play the guitar, while watching video lessons, and trying to play or record on…
Frettable - Combining Artificial Intelligence with Songwriting
May 18, 2018 • 25 min
Writing a song entirely by ear on your guitar and having a robot turn it into sheet music for you: sounds a bit like science fiction right? Now with Frettable, the future is here! Frettable is a new app for your smart phone or tablet that allows you to…
The Drum Wallet - Expanding Your Drum Sounds with the Flick of a Stick
May 11, 2018 • 32 min
Every drummer in the world has their own unique way of setting up their drums, tuning their heads, and voicing their opinions on what sounds best and why. From those who love to over-muffle their kits to the purists who prefer getting a drum to sound the…
Signal Flow - Making Stage Plotting & Setup More Efficient
May 4, 2018 • 31 min
Are you an audio engineer who’s part of a team that’s responsible for setting up stages night after night, weekend after weekend? Do you feel like everyone on the team is always repeating themselves and having trouble trying to stay on the same page with…
Fano Guitars - Crafting the Ultimate Boutique Guitar at the Highest Standards
Apr 27, 2018 • 33 min
After working for 30 years at one of the biggest names in guitars, it can be hard to accept and adapt to a change like retirement. So what’s the alternative to that? Did you say start a new business, acquire an existing line of popular guitars, and keep…
DrumLite - Giving the Drummer Some With LED Lighting
Apr 20, 2018 • 27 min
Drum solos and stick twirling are so last year! Drummers need to continuously find new ways to stand out, demonstrate their worth, and get their share of the love from fans. So what’s a poor drummer to do? Light ‘em up! (without starting on fire!) Jeff…
Welch Tuning Systems - Simplifying the Way We Tune Our Drums
Apr 13, 2018 • 34 min
What do you get when a drummer who’s had enough of individually tuning up to 20 points on a drum comes to his senses and realizes there’s got to be an easier way? You get Welch Tuning Systems! Welch Tuning Systems CEO Samuel Welch joins us in this episode…
ToneAlly - Behind NAMM’s 2018 Best Teaching Tool
Apr 6, 2018 • 31 min
What’s it like to come up with an idea for a drum teaching tool just a few short years ago and then be named the Best Teaching Tool in 2018 at the NAMM Show? Tony McNally, popular drummer and inventor, joins us from his studio in the UK to share his story…
Mukikim - Music and Childlike Wonder for Adults and Kids
Mar 30, 2018 • 27 min
Are you a parent looking to get your kids started on piano or drums but either can’t afford to purchase yet or don’t want to purchase one yet due to size and volume? Or are you a music industry veteran looking for a fast, convenient and affordable piano…
SN3 Innovations - Achieving True Sound Activation Mode in Entertainment Lighting
Mar 20, 2018 • 27 min
Episode 1 Are you a DJ or lighting technician who is sick of not having “true sound activation mode” on your fixtures? Greg Notaro, co-founder of SN3 Innovations Lighting Entertainment, joins Matt Jacoby of Octave Media in our first-ever podcast episode…