Side Jams with Bryan Reesman

Veteran journalist Bryan Reesman learns what makes musician tick by exploring their hobbies and outside passions. Proud part of Pantheon - the podcast network for music lovers.

Music Interviews
Episode 44: Elina Siirala (Leaves' Eyes)
Straddling the realms of metal and classical, Finnish soprano Elina Siirila commands the stage fronting German symphonic metal band Leaves’ Eyes. She enjoys fitness, food, dining adventures on tour, and a fun ritual called Candy Day. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
35 min
Episode 43: Jeff Firewalker Schmitt
Jeff Firewalker Schmitt is a man who has journeyed into the realms of music, science, and spirituality and balances all three. The scientist, curandero, and John Medeski collaborator espouses the benefits of learning from indigenous wisdom and culture, and he challenges the way we think about our relationship with the modern world. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
46 min
Episode 42: Perry Farrell
The alt-rock icon is famed for fronting Jane's Addiction and Porno For Pyros and co-founding Lollapalooza, and he has a solo career=spanning box set called "The Glitz, The Glamour" out now. Perry philosophizes about snowboarding, gardening, religion and mysticism, and his recent fascination with artificial intelligence. (Photo: Walid Azami.) This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
27 min
Episode 41: Phil X (Bon Jovi, The Drills)
As guitarist for Bon Jovi and fronting his own band The Drills, Phil X is steeped in classic rock. His family does charity work for frontline workers with their initiative Hero Drop, and he also talks about fatherhood, encouraging his children's creativity, and valuable life lessons. (Photo: GerSerge.) This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
50 min
Episode 40: Lili Haydn
The Grammy Award-winning musician and composer embraces a wide range of music in her solo career and has performed with the likes of Herbie Hancock, Buckethead, and Robert Plant and Jimmy Page. Beyond her musical odyssey, Lili champions social justice and human rights causes, nuclear disarmament, and environmental awareness in the face of climate change.  This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
51 min
Episode 39: Michael Sadler (Saga)
Canadian progressive rockers Saga have an incredible catalogue which now spans 22 studio albums and 43 years of recorded history. Their animated singer Michael Sadler discusses football, handling binge-watching and fatherhood during the pandemic, and chronicles his nearly 20 years of sobriety. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
40 min
Episode 38: Simone Simons (Epica)
Simone Simons provides the soaring soprano vocals that are integral to Epica's symphonic metal sound. She has two other passions that also bring her joy: the world of make-up and beauty, and in recent years, photography. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
28 min
Episode 37: Bret Autrey (Blue Stahli)
Brey Autrey makes music both as the dark, genre-blurring Blue Stahli and the peppy synthwave project Sunset Neon. When taking breaks from intense music creation, Bret loves to listen to audiobooks on long drives and dive into the world of cult movies. (Photo: Priya Autrey.) This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
59 min
Episode 36: Rhys Fulber (Front Line Assembly)
The electronic music composer explores a wide range of styles through his numerous group and solo projects. When pulling away from his technological immersion, he loves to take photos, spend time in nature, and study different styles of architecture. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
59 min
Episode 35: Lindsay Schoolcraft
The gothic composer, singer, and musician expresses herself through different styles. She also loves anime, manga, and video games, and she is a certified veterinary assistant. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
38 min
Episode 34: Silenoz (Dimmu Borgir)
As guitarist for the iconic Dimmu Borgir and his side project Insidious Disease, Silenoz loves to summon musical thunder. By contrast, he finds tranquility and meditation through riding his motorcycle and communing with nature. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
32 min
Episode 33: CueStack
Austrian rockers Martin Kames and Bernth Brodträger make propulsive industrial metal and recently collaborated with David Hasselhoff. They speak about their collective skills with lighting and video design, graphic design, and video editing. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
34 min
Episode 32: David Hasselhoff
You know David Hasselhoff from his many incarnations in film, television, and music. Outside of his artistic endeavors, he has engaged in motivational speaking and loves scuba diving and sky diving. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
23 min
Episode 31: Clémentine Delauney (Visions Of Atl...
As one of the two lead singers for Visions of Atlantis, Clémentine Delauney provides a soaring and often operatic presence for the group’s epic symphonic metal sound. She is also passionate about veganism and blogging about her experiences in the music business to help those seeking guidance. (Photo: Emilie Garcin.) This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
38 min
Episode 30: Dave Mason
The famed singer-songwriter and co-founder of Traffic has experienced a lifetime of musical adventures. On top of his musical forays, Dave co-founded and helps run a five year-old charity called Rock Our Vets that assists men in uniform, and he also enjoys working on home improvements. (Photo: Chris Jensen.) This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
26 min
Episode 29: Doro
The powerhouse metal singer has built an international reputation and following over her 40 years in the music business. When she's not rocking stages across the world, she loves the empowerment of martial arts training and supports animal welfare. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
31 min
Episode 28: Orianthi
Orianthi has forged a successful solo career and offered her guitar talents to people like Michael Jackson, Alice Cooper, and Richie Sambora. Outside of the studio and off-stage, she loves cooking and traveling. Our conversation also ventured into the overall life lessons and wisdom she has accumulated, and how she has found balance in her life between the professional and personal. (Photo by Chris Ace,) This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
40 min
Episode 27: Jeff Pilson (Foreigner)
For over 15 years now, bassist Jeff Pilson has brought an effervescent energy and dulcet vocal harmonies to his performances with classic rockers Foreigner. Many music fans first got to know him as a member of the popular '80s American metal quartet Dokken. Throughout his busy life in music and as a family man, Jeff stays centered through the practice of meditation. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
29 min
Episode 26: Elize Ryd (Amaranthe)
Amaranthe singer Elize Ryd is acclaimed by her band's audience and has guested on numerous outside projects. For this episode, she expresses her love for both thrill-seeking and mentally engaging pursuits ranging from mountain rappelling to criminology. (Photo by Jakko Manninen.) This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
32 min
Episode 25: Brad Gillis (Night Ranger)
When he's not composing, touring, or jamming, Brad Gillis loves to collect vintage guitars, and he's got it down to a science. We also chatted a bit about riding his Harley along with other physical activities he loves. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
37 min
Episode 24: David Ellefson (Megadeth)
Outside of shaking stages with Megadeth and his other musical ventures, David operates the Ellefson Coffee Company. He enthusiastically dives into details about the origins of his business, how he has learned about the intricacies and nuances involved in coffee making, and how he has gained a strong education in entrepreneurship. (Photo: Anthony Frisketti.) This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
33 min
Episode 23: Tommy Vext (Bad Wolves)
American metal band Bad Wolves have generated a big buzz by marrying contemporary and old school influences with hard-hitting lyrics that span the personal to the political. The group’s most recent number one rock radio track is “Sober,” a topic that frontman and recovering addict Tommy Vext knows intimately. Here, he opens up about helping others as a sober coach. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
29 min
Episode 22: Eve Minor
Over the last few years, singer-songwriter Eve Minor has explored the depths of her heart through a diverse mixture of styles on releases like American Tragedy and Dear Diary, I'm Over It. Here, she examines an eclectic array of topics: fashion, tarot, divination, and her cross country move during the pandemic. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
41 min
Episode 21: Aaron Bruno (AWOLNATION)
AWOLNATION mastermind Aaron Bruno likes his music to be as diverse as possible, and the group's fourth and latest release Angel Miners & The Lightning Riders continues that genre-bending trend. When he's not actively touring or making music, Aaron loves chasing the perfect wave. He's a lifelong surfer who enjoys being out on the water. Sometimes he even solves musical dilemmas while on his board. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
30 min
Episode 20: Dessa
Singer, rapper, and poet Dessa is known for her philosophical words and pushing musical boundaries on albums like Parts of Speech and Chime. Here, she speaks about her lifelong fascination with the behavioral and biological sciences. (Photo: Paul Phillips.) This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
30 min