The Behind the Backline Podcast
Behind the Backline is 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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Oliver Ackermann, founder of Death By Audio, joins us in this episode to talk about the story behind Death By Audio, how he taught himself to solder, and cats.
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!
Every business story comes from humble beginnings of some kind. This one includes a supportive spouse and a desire to never work in a grocery store again.
Michael Van Dyk joins us in this episode to talk about the years he held onto an idea he had regarding the use of magnetism in a bass drum pedal configuration.
While most every day people probably haven’t heard of CenterStaging, there’s a pretty good chance that the majority of them have seen their work and gear.
For some, the art of drum building is serious business, and they have a strong passion with the science, materials, sound, and craftsmanship in each drum.
Josh Allen of Independent Drum Lab shares his story, how he worked and learned at Ludwig, and why he decided to start his own drum business.
Jim Feck of DrumART.com shares the story of how the operation got its start, how he responds to people who ask “what do you do for a living”, and more.
Imagine if 700 years ago you were hosting a concert that was giving out free rats for every ticket and you accidentally caused the Bubonic Plague? What Now?
Behind every Sugar drum is 20+ years experience with woodworking, quality wood selection, and a passion to create high quality products.
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.
Dream started out as a boutique cymbal brand, rooted first in producing high quality gongs and orchestral cymbals at a more affordable price point.
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.
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.
Broadjam.com is one of the world’s largest and oldest music community websites that provides services aimed at independent musicians and bands.
In the good ol’ days, songs and albums were recorded without technology like compression. At that time, microphone positioning was everything.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Musicians love their wireless in-ear monitoring systems. But why do we need to have a separate wireless monitor system AND your phone?
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?
Introducing the Blipblox, a synthesizer and beatbox designed to promote creativity and audio exploration for children as young as 3 years old.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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?
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?
Greg Notaro, co-founder of SN3 Innovations Lighting Entertainment, joins Octave Media founder Matt Jacoby in our first-ever episode of Behind the Backline.