Behind the Backline

36 EpisodesProduced by Matt Jacoby

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 backl… read more

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Michael Molenda - Guitar Player Magazine, Music Journalism & Beyond

May 23rd, 2019

32:41

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 …

Bluesman Vintage Guitars - A Family Business Powered by Passion and Fate

May 10th, 2019

46:09

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. …

Capital Music Gear - An Online Music Gear Store With Heart

April 26th, 2019

28:09

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 …

Death By Audio - Effect Pedals That Cause Total Sonic Annihilation

April 12th, 2019

30:10

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 …

Baldman Percussion - Pushing the Drumming Boundaries With “Junk"

March 28th, 2019

23:53

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 …

Chance Productions - Chasing Your Dream in a Tale of Two Cities

March 15th, 2019

33:20

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 …

Drumnetics - Beating New Life Into The Bass Drum Pedal

March 1st, 2019

36:06

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 …

CenterStaging - Providing Backline Gear For the Greatest Shows on Earth

February 15th, 2019

30:14

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 …

Carolina Drumworks - Finding a Deeper Appreciation for Drums Through Building

February 1st, 2019

28:31

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 …

INDeDrum Lab - Crafting a Better Drum by Building on a Legend

January 18th, 2019

20:22

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 …

DrumART.com - Custom Bass Drum Heads to Make Your Drummer (More) Important*

January 4th, 2019

32:12

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 …

Lords of the Trident - The Most Metal Backline That’s 700 Years in the Making

September 7th, 2018

32:48

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 …

Sugar Percussion - Premium Drums Inspired by Family and Furniture Making

August 31st, 2018

27:57

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? …

Mahalo Amps - Quality Guitar Amps Born From a Single Quality Doorstop

August 24th, 2018

19:53

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 …

Dream Cymbals & Gongs - High Quality Cymbals Born From a Grass Roots Movement

August 17th, 2018

30:41

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 …

Istanbul Mehmet Cymbals - 100% Hand-Crafted Cymbals from Turkey

August 10th, 2018

32:44

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 …

Live Undiscovered Music (LÜM) - Music Streaming for the Other 90% of Music

August 3rd, 2018

27:27

It seems like everywhere you look these days there’s another music streaming service or music discovery tool that caters only to popular mainstream …

Broadjam - Giving Independent Musicians Opportunities for Placement in Radio, Film and TV

July 27th, 2018

30:24

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, …

DynaMount - Bringing Engineering Back to Sound Engineering

July 20th, 2018

28:32

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 …

Drumeo - Making Music Education Online as Easy as Netflix

July 13th, 2018

30:43

Taking online lessons for anything requires a lot of self-discipline, especially since your online instructor can’t necessarily hold you accountable …

Flattley Guitar Pedals - Creating Highly Personalized, Handmade Custom Guitar Pedals in the UK

July 6th, 2018

24:37

What do aviation avionics and guitar pedals have in common? Paul Flattley, of course!
 
Achieving perfection in sound, quality, and personalization can …

Beier Drums - Custom Snare Drums from the Land of Beer and Cheese

June 29th, 2018

29:26

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 …

SJC Drums - Custom Drums as Unique as the Drummers that Play Them

June 22nd, 2018

29:38

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 …

Audiofusion - Using Wi-Fi to Turn Your Mobile Device into a Wireless Monitoring System

June 15th, 2018

25:36

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 …

Wampler Pedals - Achieving World Class Guitar Tones Through Experimentation

June 8th, 2018

34:07

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 …

Blipblox - Encouraging the Future of Music Through Creativity and Audio Exploration

June 1st, 2018

21:34

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 …

SMASHmouse - Giving You the Power to Kick It to Click It!

May 25th, 2018

32:19

As technology and music continue to mesh and evolve, musicians sometimes find themselves in new and awkwardly frustrating situations. For example, …

Frettable - Combining Artificial Intelligence with Songwriting

May 18th, 2018

25:53

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 …

The Drum Wallet - Expanding Your Drum Sounds with the Flick of a Stick

May 11th, 2018

32:43

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 …

Signal Flow - Making Stage Plotting & Setup More Efficient

May 4th, 2018

31:14

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 …

Fano Guitars - Crafting the Ultimate Boutique Guitar at the Highest Standards

April 27th, 2018

33:15

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 …

DrumLite - Giving the Drummer Some With LED Lighting

April 20th, 2018

27:03

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 …

Welch Tuning Systems - Simplifying the Way We Tune Our Drums

April 13th, 2018

34:00

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 …

ToneAlly - Behind NAMM's 2018 Best Teaching Tool

April 6th, 2018

31:21

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 …

Mukikim - Music and Childlike Wonder for Adults and Kids

March 30th, 2018

27:38
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 …

SN3 Innovations - Achieving True Sound Activation Mode in Entertainment Lighting

March 21st, 2018

27:20
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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 …

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