The Riff -Raff started as an idea I had a few years ago just to sit and chat with my friends whom I consider to be inspirational to me in some way- whether it be as a musician, artist or whatever the case may be…. over the years as a working musician I’ve been lucky to work with many amazing people and musicians and would like to share some of their stories with you.
Who am I? I’m a professional musician. I like stories…. Luckily I get to work with some of the best in the business and they happen to have great stories. Anyway, I wanted to put these little anecdotes and insights into a format for people to enjoy…it’s fun. (Some people like to garden, or take photos, or collect magnets for the fridge..etc..)…Me? I like to get these stories down for all to enjoy!
So this is a podcast about the creative process and yes, being a guitar player we do occasionally talk shop, gear etc…but I’m not going to limit it to that as I get this thing going. Oh yeah,,, and we jam a bit too!
I’ve got some other great musicians coming up in the next month or so…John Scofield, Mike Stern, George Porter Jr. (from the Meters) and Johnny Vidacovich, Leni Stern and many others......so if you like this one- much more to come!!
FIRST UP ON THE LIST- Mr. John Oates
I decided to get The Riff-Raff off the ground right where I stood at that moment… which was on the road with Daryl Hall and John Oates- John Oates as you probably know already if you are listening to this…..is one half of the legendary duo Daryl Hall and John Oates- the biggest selling pop duo in history and a recent rock and roll hall of famer. He’s done way more interviews in his life than I can imagine so he’s a natural at it -and really easy to talk to. John is a great guitar player, something that I feel he doesn’t get enough credit for… I met John after I got a call to play on his solo record Good Road to Follow which I strongly suggest you check out. I was also lucky enough to get to work on his live DVD called Another Good Road that you may have seen on Palladia or VH1- which is a really great showcase of John’s songwriting and guitar playing abilities…. John is one of the good guys in the music biz and has become a close friend in the past 2 years.
this interview took place inside John’s room at the Historic Hotel Bethlehem in Bethlehem PA. In it we talk Hall and Oates, inspiration, how he comes up with song ideas, guitars, pedals and some great stories from the road (wait til you hear about the giant star!) and yes, we even jam on a little ditty called Maneater. It’s my first interview and I hope you enjoy it-