The Behind the Backline Podcast

Behind the Backline is the podcast where we dig into the stories behind our favorite backline gear and talk with professionals in the musical instrument, pro audio and event technology industry.

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.

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Behind the Backline, Episode 24: Sugar Percussion

Ep24: Sugar Percussion - Premium Drums Inspired by Family and Furniture Making

Behind every Sugar drum is 20+ years experience with woodworking, quality wood selection, and a passion to create high quality products.

Behind the Backline, Episode 23: Mahalo Amps

Ep23: Mahalo Amps - Quality Guitar Amps Born From a Single Quality Doorstop

Most companies can trace their origins back to a story of when their founder had an idea and how it evolved to become the company we know and admire.

Behind the Backline, Episode 22: Dream Cymbals and Gongs

Ep22: Dream Cymbals & Gongs - High Quality Cymbals Born From a Grass Roots Movement

Dream started out as a boutique cymbal brand, rooted first in producing high quality gongs and orchestral cymbals at a more affordable price point.

Behind the Backline, Episode 21: Istanbul Mehmet

Ep21: Istanbul Mehmet Cymbals - 100% Hand-Crafted Cymbals from Turkey

Istanbul Mehmet Cymbals is one of the few brands that can honestly say that the old way is the best way, still creating each cymbal by hand and hammer.

Behind the Backline, Episode 20: Live Undiscovered Music

Ep20: Live Undiscovered Music (LÜM) - Music Streaming for the Other 90%

Live Undiscovered Music helps give bands and fans the chance to experience a much larger catalog of music than you will ever find on Spotify or Pandora.

Behind the Backline, Episode 19: Broadjam

Ep19: Broadjam - Giving Musicians Opportunities for Placement in Media is one of the world’s largest and oldest music community websites that provides services aimed at independent musicians and bands.

Behind the Backline, Episode 18: DynaMount

Ep18: DynaMount - Bringing Engineering Back to Sound Engineering

In the good ol’ days, songs and albums were recorded without technology like compression. At that time, microphone positioning was everything.

Behind the Backline, Episode 17: Drumeo & Musora

Ep17: Drumeo - Making Music Education Online as Easy as Netflix

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.

Behind the Backline, Episode 16: Flattley Guitar Pedals

Ep16: Flattley Guitar Pedals - Highly Personalized, Custom Guitar Pedals

Flattley Guitar Pedals is a small family run company in the UK. Each pedal is created by hand, given a personalized touch, and rigorously tested.

Behind the Backline, Episode 15: Beier Snare Drums

Ep15: Beier Drums – Custom Snare Drums from the Land of Beer and Cheese

Getting a compliment on the way your drum sounds in a crowded and noisy venue without even seeing what drum it is? Best compliment ever.

Behind the Backline, Episode 14: SJC Custom Drums

Ep14: SJC Drums – Custom Drums as Unique as the Drummers that Play Them

SJC Drums began as a drum refurbishing hobby in grandma’s basement in 2000. Today it’s a company that prides itself on crafting high-quality drums.

Behind the Backline, Episode 13: Audiofusion

Ep13: Audiofusion - Turn Your Mobile Device into a Wireless Monitoring System

Musicians love their wireless in-ear monitoring systems. But why do we need to have a separate wireless monitor system AND your phone?

Behind the Backline, Episode 12: Wampler Pedals

Ep12: Wampler Pedals - World Class Guitar Tones Through Experimentation

If you’re a guitar player, you already know there is an endless array of available guitar pedals that seems to provide any sound or tone you are looking for. But what if there isn’t?

Behind the Backline, Episode 11: Blipblox

Ep11: Blipblox - Music Through Creativity and Audio Exploration

Introducing the Blipblox, a synthesizer and beatbox designed to promote creativity and audio exploration for children as young as 3 years old.

Behind the Backline, Episode 10: SMASHmouse

Ep10: SMASHmouse - Giving You the Power to Kick It to Click It!

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

Behind the Backline, Episode 8: Drum Wallet

Ep9: Frettable - Combining Artificial Intelligence with Songwriting

Greg Burlet joins us to share his story about how he created Frettable, why he was inspired to develop it, and how it is making an impact on the songwriting industry.

Behind the Backline, Episode 8: Drum Wallet

Ep8: The Drum Wallet - Expanding Your Drum Sounds with the Flick of a Stick

The Drum Wallet and the Pocket Watch are simple, yet powerful products that hang from your drum and give you the option to flick it onto to the drum or flip if off to change the sound.

Behind the Backline, Episode 7: Signal Flow

Ep7: Signal Flow - Making Stage Plotting & Setup More Efficient

If you’re an audio engineer looking for an end to the evil plots (pun intended), you’ll want to check out the cloud-based Signal Flow app!

Behind the Backline, Episode 6: Fano Guitars

Ep6: Fano Guitars - Crafting the Ultimate Boutique Guitar

After working for 30 years at one of the biggest names in guitars, it can be hard to accept retirement. So what do you do? Start a new guitar business!

Behind the Backline, Episode 5: DrumLite

Ep5: DrumLite - Giving the Drummer Some With LED Lighting

Drum solos 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.

Behind the Backline, Episode 4: Welch Tuning Systems

Ep4: Welch Tuning Systems - Simplifying the Way We Tune Our Drums

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?

Behind the Backline, Episode 3: ToneAlly Drum Teaching Tool

Ep3: ToneAlly - Behind NAMM’s 2018 Best Teaching Tool

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?

Behind the Backline, Episode 2: Mukikim Toys

Ep2: Mukikim - Music and Childlike Wonder for Adults and Kids

Robert Sheets from Mukikim joins us to discuss “Rock and Roll It!”, the company’s musical instrument products and who they are for.

Ep1: SN3 Innovations – Achieving True Sound Activation Mode in Lighting

Greg Notaro, co-founder of SN3 Innovations Lighting Entertainment, joins Octave Media founder Matt Jacoby in our first-ever episode of Behind the Backline.