Let the good times roll!Today we spotlight Los Angeles based musician, Brendan Salamon. Brendan one of our favorite musicians from The Replicas Music. Brendan is one of the many musicians that the The Replicas Music represents professionally. Anyone who knows Brendan knows that he is a highly skilled live music entertainer and always puts his heart and soul into his performances. Let’s get started!
1. When and why did you start playing?
I started taking piano lessons when I was in the second grade, but I really didn’t get into music fully until I started playing the drums and guitar and could interact with the rock and pop music I loved.
2. Which instruments do you play?
Gibson Les Paul Studio (DR strings), Seagull 3/4-size acoustic (DR strings again), short-scale 5-string Ibanez bass (weird, I know — Ernie Ball strings), micro KORG for weird sounds and basic MIDI control. For recording and engineering I work primarily in Logic through a Focusrite Scarlett interface and a Daking preamp.
3. What was the first tune(s) you learned?
On the piano, I believe it was a highly simplified version of the Star Wars main theme.
4. Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?
The Beatles and George Martin for pushing the boundaries of recorded music, The Who for their energy and off-the-rails virtuosity, Bruce Springsteen for always leaving it all on the stage, and Led Zeppelin because they rock.
5. What’s your favorite era of music?
Late ’60s/early ’70s rock.
6. Cake, Pie or Ice Cream?
Ice Cream, no question.
7. Favorite non Network Show?
8 Best undiscovered band?
9. Describe your first instrument.
My mom’s old short-scale Seagull acoustic guitar: easy to string too tightly, tough to play, and great for learning.
10. Were you influenced by old records & tapes? Which ones?
11. Who are your favorite musicians? Groups? CD’s?
The Beatles, The Who (Sell Out, Tommy, Leeds, Quadrophenia), Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd (Meddle, Dark Side of the Moon, Animals, Wish You Were Here), Jimi Hendrix (the Experience years), The Velvet Underground (…and Nico, self-titled), The Kinks (especially Village Green), Bruce Springsteen (The Wild, The Innocent & The E-Street Shuffle, Born to Run, Live at Hammersmith, Born in the U.S.A.), R.E.M. (Murmur, Automatic for the People), Weezer (Blue, Pinkerton), Rage Against the Machine (especially Evil Empire), Radiohead, Nirvana, The Pixies (Surfer Rosa, Doolittle) — I’m probably forgetting some, but I think I’ll stop there.
12. How do you handle mistakes during a performance?
Acknowledge it (at least to myself), think fast about how to move on, then move on. Afterward is when I agonize and wring my hands.
Nerves are Good!
13. Do you get nervous before a live performance or a competition?
Indeed I do.
14. What advice would you give to beginners who are nervous?
Underneath it all, it means you care about the quality of both your performance and the audience’s experience. Use it.
15. Do you read music?
Yes I do.
16. How often and for how long do you practice?
I practice my vocals for at least an hour every day. My secondary instruments like guitar and bass I spend about 30 min on, and I try to play drums about once per week.
17. What do you practice – exercises, new tunes, hard tunes, etc.?
First I go through a regimen of vocal exercises, after that I will work on getting familiar with any new tunes I may be learning , then I like to go over some old favorites and finish the practice session in a comfortable place.
18. How do you balance your music with other obligations – mate, children, job?
When I’m bogged down, I try to remind myself that my obligations — including music — are more than just a series of to-dos and logistics. I try to get excited about them again. Then I can stop feeling like I’m shortchanging one passion in service of another and get back to work.
Celebrate good times … c’mon!
19. Why do you like playing weddings?
Because they’re celebrations by definition and everyone is there for that singular reason, to celebrate the happy couple.
20. Describe the perfect wedding set list.
Honestly, whatever the Replicas pick for each event always gets crowd dancing and smiling all night, I will simply defer to them .
21. Favorite Venue for to play Live Music Entertainment?
In L.A., the Echoplex.
22. Dream Gig?
I’ve always dreamed of playing a rock show at the Disney Concert Hall downtown, the acoustics in there would make for an exciting experience.
6 years of piano; 6 years of voice lessons; self-taught on guitar, bass, and drums.
26. Favorite place for breakfast?
Lucy’s on La Brea for their breakfast burrito.
27. Favorite LA venue to hear Live Music Entertainment?
Probably the Echoplex, again.
28. Why do you enjoy being a part of The Replicas Music Family?
It’s a privilege to perform with such excellent and passionate musicians, that’s who The Replicas are.