Musical Influences and Inspirations that impacted me.

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Musical Influences and Inspirations that impacted me before, through out and after my career in the music industry. These people have meant so much to me.
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Musical Influences and Inspirations

From the people that inspired me as a drummer, as a music producer and as a writer, these are the people that made the biggest difference.

These are the people that made me listen in a different way and helped me grow as a musician, as a business person and as a creative. These were the people that inspired me to write my books and to take the approach I have to messaging and optics outside of music.

My Musical Influences and inspirations

Music Producer Musical Influences and Inspirations
Daniel Lanois, Brian Eno, Jerry Wexler, Rick Rubin, Hugh Padgham, Phil Spector, George Martin, Peter Asher, Rudy Van Gelder, Quincy Jones, Chris Thomas, Val Garay, Dr Dre, Butch Vig, Ed Stasium, Tony Visconti, Glenn Ballard, Brian Wilson, Jimmy Miller, Desmond Child, T-Bone Burnett

An image of Brian Eno.
One of my biggest musical influences as a producer – Brian Eno

Recording Engineer Musical Influences and Inspirations
Scott Ross, Leslie Ann Jones, Billy Anderson, Fred Catero, David Bottrill, Alan Parsons, Geoff Emerick, Phil Ramone, Andy Sneap, Tony Maserati, Bill Porter, Andrew Jackson, Tom Dowd, Al Schmitt, Andy Johns, Nick Davis, Paul “P Dub” Walton, Roy Cicala, Les Paul, Ken Townsend, Andy Wallace.

An image of Geoff Emerick in a red shirt in between two speakers and an old musical mixing console.
Geoff Emerick, One of my greatest musical influences as an engineer. His work with the Beatles was groundbreaking to me.

My Favorite and Most Influential Recording Studios

From the music that came from many of these and from the experience of working in many of them as either a drummer or producer, these are my favorite studios. 

Elliott Bay Recording Company (EBRC Studios), Seattle, WA., Avatar studios, New York City, NY., Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA., Little Mountain Sound, Vancouver, BC., Fort Apache Studios, Roxbury, MA., The Village, West Los Angeles, CA., Real World Studios, Box, UK., Ocean Way, Hollywood, CA., Henson Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA., The Sound Kitchen, Franklin, TN., Hitsville USA, Detroit, MI., Abbey Road Studios, London, UK., Sun Studio, Memphis, TN., Bearsville Studio, Bearsville, NY., The Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA.

An old image of the Motown recording studio in Detroit with a piano in the front of the picture.
The magic is not always in million dollar equipment. What Happened in Hitsville set a standard!

Songwriter Musical Influences and Inspirations

David Foster, Sting, Duke Ellington, Leonard Bernstein, Irving Berlin, Steve Dorff, Smokey Robinson, Van Morrison, Marvin Gaye, David Bowie, Otis Redding, John Lennon, Mike Doughty, John Gorka, Elvis Costello, Jackson Browne, Bill Withers, Frank Zappa, Eric Clapton, John Hiatt, Jim Croce.

An image of David Foster in a suit and a tie.
One of my biggest Musical Influences as a songwriter and a music producer.

Drumming Musical Influences and Inspirations

Vinnie Colaiuta, Max Roach, Keith Moon, Simon Phillips, Papa Jo Jones, Russ Kunkel, Kenny Aronoff, Jim Keltner, Charlie Watts, Jeff Porcaro, Buddy Rich, Bernard Purdie, Hal Blaine, Jim Keltner, Mel Taylor, Stewart Copeland, Steve Gadd, Manu Katche, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Jerry Marotta, John “Jabo” Starks, Omar Hakim, Aaron Comess, Joe Morello, Jon Farris, Gary Chaffee.

An image of Vinnie Colaiuta on a drumset as one of the Musical Influences and Inspirations
As a drummer and a producer, Vinnie has been a major musical influence to my playing and productions.

Bass Player Musical Influences and Inspirations

James Jamerson, Victor Wooten, Jaco Pastorius, Mark White, Tony Levin, Bootsy Collins, Jeff Berlin, Stanley Clarke, Abe Laboriel, Michael Manring, Ron Carter, Bunny Brunel, Nathan East, Richard Bona, John Entwistle, Steve Swallow, Oteil Burbridge, Charles Mingus, Marcus Miller, Paul Chambers.

An image of Ron Carter standing by a brick wall with an upright bass.
One of my biggest musical influences on the Bass. He hears and lives in motion and awareness.

Guitarist Musical Influences and Inspirations
Frank Gambale, Bill Frisell, Elliott Randall, Buddy Guy, Steve Morse, George Benson, David Gilmour, Scotty Moore, Steve Lukather, Pete Townshend, Steve Cropper, Jeff Pevar, Eric Clapton, Neal Schon, John Scofield, Pat Metheny, Jimi Hendrix, Lionel Loueke, Stanley Jordan, Vernon Reid, Lowell George.

An image of Elliott Randall with head phones and holding a guitar.
For Guitarists, Elliott Randall is one of my biggest musical influences when it comes to the guitar.

Musician/Band Musical Influences and Inspirations

Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Miles Davis, U2, Fishbone, Steely Dan, Spin Doctors, Little Feat, Pink Floyd, The Who, The Beach Boys, James Brown, Paul Simon, Johnny Cash, James Taylor, Parliment Funkadelic, Otis Redding, Led Zepplin, INXS,  Barry Manilow, Rolling Stones, Metallica, Tower of Power.

There are so many more, but these groups and artists had some of the biggest impact on me.

An image of the Beach Boys in blue striped shirts performing on stage as Musical Influences and Inspirations.
As a band, they are one of my biggest musical influences. Pet Sounds was a life-changing recording for me.

Percussionist Influences and Inspirations
Mino Cinelu, Dave Samuels, Ed Mann, Tito Puente, Pete Escovedo, Alex Acuna, Evelyn Glennie, Giovanni Hildalgo, Cryo Baptista, Trilok Gurtu, Jamey Haddad, Ray Cooper, Airto Moreira, Luis Conte, Don Alias, Pete Lockett, Johnny Conga, Lenny Castro, M.B. Gordy, Robert Juan Rodriguez, Noel “Toca” Rivera

An image of Lenny Castro playing three congas.
As far as Percussionists go, Lenny is one of my biggest musical influences.

Pianist/ Keyboard Musical Influences and Inspirations
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Oscar Peterson, Thelonious Monk, Art Tatum, Ray Charles, Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, Keith Emerson, Kenny Kirkland, Billy Preston, Danilo Perez, Dave Brubeck, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, Elton John, Jan Hammer, David Sancious, Billy Powell, Jonathan Cain.

An image one of my Musical Influences and Inspirations of the record cover with a picture of Oscar Peterson and the text The Jazz Soul of Oscar Peterson.
Oscar Peterson has been one of my musical influences on Piano for years. His touch is so recognizable.

Comedy is like music to me in many ways and that is why I add these comedians too.

Comedy Influences and Inspirations
Steve Martin, Robin Williams, Bill Cosby, Kevin Pollak, Billy Crystal, Bert Kreischer, John Leguizamo, Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Lewis Black, Steven Wright, George Burns, Tom Segura, Dave Chappelle, Dana Carvey,  Jeff Dunham, Jim Gaffigan, Howie Mandel, Dennis Miller, Greg Proops

An image of Robin Williams in glasses on the Musical Influences and Inspirations page.
Even though he is a comedian, I credit Robin Williams as being one of my musical influences. His timing, delivery, tempo, and dynamics were very musical….and funny too
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About FSG Messaging and Optics Strategist Loren Weisman 59 Articles
Loren Weisman is a Messaging and Optics Strategist for the Fish Stewarding Group (FSG). Weisman keeps a foundational focus on the communication, connotations, engagement, compliance and stability of each brand, persona or product. Fish Stewarding Group is bearing the weight of messaging, strategy, finance and development by coming along side. FSG is stewarding strategic solutions by only building authoritative businesses with authentically sound people. FSG also includes the divisions of FSG Development, FSG Messaging and Optics, FSG Equipping and Learning Centers, Liberating Water Directive and FSG Africa.