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
Music Commentary
Performing Arts
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Episode 50: Hayley Cramer (Pop Evil)
Along with her love for music, the hard-hitting drummer shares her mission to further women's rights and LGBTQ rights. Hayley wants to be a positive role model for women, although a big part of her feels she should have been born a man.
61 min
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Episode 49: Richie Kotzen
While keeping very music with his different musical projects including Smith/Kotzen, Richie still has time for gardening, landscaping, home improvements, and his newfound passion for poker.
26 min
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Episode 48: Adrian Smith
To balance his thunderous rock life, the Iron Maiden and Smith/Kotzen guitarist relaxes with fishing and global traveling. He shares many colorful stories including meeting a real Tasmanian Devil.
37 min
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Episode 47: Rick Allen (Def Leppard)
Away from his drum kit, Rick has a passion for painting, photography, and philanthropy. He has recently show his work at Wentworth Gallery locations in Florida to raise money for his Raven Drum Foundation.
43 min
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Episode 46: Damon Johnson
When he's not hitting the stage, Damon hits the links. The guitarist and singer dives deep into his love for golf which grew into a passion when he toured with Alice Cooper.
50 min
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Episode 45: Diamante
The blue-haired singer tells me about studying business administration in college, her multicultural upbringing, and strengthening friend and family bonds over the last year.
29 min
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Episode 44: Elina Siirala (Leaves' Eyes)
The Finnish soprano enjoys fitness, food, dining adventures on tour, and a fun ritual called Candy Day.
35 min
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Episode 43: Jeff Firewalker Schmitt
Scientist, curandero, and John Medeski collaborator, Jeff espouses the benefits of learning from indigenous wisdom and culture, and he challenges the way we think about our relationship with the modern world.
46 min
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Episode 42: Perry Farrell
The alt-rock icon philosophizes about snowboarding, gardening, religion and mysticism, and his recent fascination with artificial intelligence.
27 min
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Episode 41: Phil X (Bon Jovi, The Drills)
Phil's 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.
50 min
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Episode 40: Lili Haydn
Beyond her musical odyssey, the Grammy Award-winning musician and composer advocates for social justice and human rights causes, nuclear disarmament, and environmental awareness.
51 min
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Episode 39: Michael Sadler (Saga)
The animated vocalist discusses football, handling binge-watching and fatherhood during the pandemic, and chronicles his nearly 20 years of sobriety.
40 min
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Episode 38: Simone Simons (Epica)
The fashionable singer loves make-up and beauty and has become enamored with photography including portrait shoots of fans at meet and greets.
28 min
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Episode 37: Bret Autrey (Blue Stahli)
When taking breaks from intense music creation, Bret loves to listen to audiobooks on long drives and dive into the world of cult movies.
59 min
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Episode 36: Rhys Fulber (Front Line Assembly)
The electronic music explorer balances his technological immersion with his love for photography, nature, and studying architecture.
59 min
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Episode 35: Lindsay Schoolcraft
Not only does this Canadian singer and musician love anime, manga, and video games, she once wanted to be a zoologist and is a certified veterinary assistant.
38 min
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Episode 34: Silenoz (Dimmu Borgir)
The extreme metal guitarist describes the zen of motorcycle riding, his love for exploring Norwegian forests, and his "electrical curse".
32 min
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Episode 33: CueStack
Austrian rockers Martin Kames and Bernth Brodträger address their collective skills with lighting and video design, graphic design, and video editing.
34 min
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Episode 32: David Hasselhoff
The Hoff expounds on motivational speaking, scuba diving, sky diving, and demanding respect.
23 min
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Episode 31: Clémentine Delauney (Visions Of Atl...
The French metal singer chronicles her transition into veganism and her inspiration for blogging about the music business.
38 min
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Episode 30: Dave Mason
British singer-songwriter Dave Mason talks about his charity Rock Our Vets and the fun of home improvements.
26 min
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Episode 29: Doro
German metal icon Doro Pesch enthuses about her love for martial arts training and animal welfare,
31 min
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Episode 28: Orianthi
The six-string dazzler dishes about her love for cooking and traveling.
40 min
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Episode 27: Jeff Pilson (Foreigner)
The energetic bassist reveals how meditation has kept him centered and focused throughout his busy life.
28 min
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Episode 26: Elize Ryd (Amaranthe)
The Swedish singer expresses her love for both thrill-seeking and mentally engaging pursuits ranging from mountain rappelling to criminology.
32 min
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Episode 25: Brad Gillis (Night Ranger)
The hard rockin' six-stringer guides us through his process of collecting vintage guitars and talks about riding his Harley.
37 min
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Episode 24: David Ellefson (Megadeth)
The metal bassist loves coffee so much he founded the Ellefson Coffee Company. This detailed discussion runs deep into both his coffee making and entrepreneurship.
33 min
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Episode 23: Tommy Vext (Bad Wolves)
The metal frontman and recovering addict opens up about helping others as a sober coach.
29 min
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Episode 22: Eve Minor
The singer-songwriter examines an eclectic array of topics: fashion, tarot, divination, and her cross country move during the pandemic.
41 min
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Episode 21: Aaron Bruno (AWOLNATION)
The singer and musician loves getting on his surfboard to chase the perfect wave.
30 min
31
Episode 20: Dessa
The singer, rapper, and poet speaks about her lifelong fascination with the behavioral and biological sciences.
30 min
32
Episode 19: Serj Tankian
The singer and composer leads us through his life of activism and battling injustice.
24 min
33
Episode 18: Chloe Lowery (TSO)
The pop singer-songwriter adores ballroom dancing, her dogs, and Broadway shows.
24 min
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Episode 17: Joe Satriani
The electric guitar wizard enthusiastically speaks about his love for science fiction and his recent explorations into painting.
60 min
35
Episode 16: Floor Jansen (Nightwish)
The symphonic metal vocalist waxes eloquent about her love for horses and nature.
25 min
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Episode 15: Richie Faulkner (Judas Priest)
The metal guitarist shares his passion for and critiques of the famed "Star Wars" universe and its many properties.
28 min
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Episode 14: Militia Vox (Judas Priestess)
The dynamic metal singer shares her love for all things spooky, from her creepy childhood to supernatural stories to hunting for haunted places.
39 min
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Episode 13: Tony Harnell
The veteran hard rock singer talks about his lifelong love of surfing and skateboarding and being a certified health coach.
39 min
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Episode 12: Fernando Ribeiro (Moonspell)
Moonspell's frontman discusses his love for writing, reading, and editing poetry and books.
26 min
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Episode 11: Azam Ali
Siren singer Azam Ali delves into her fine art composites with photography, admiration for writers, and fascination with the world of dreams.
40 min
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Episode 10: Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian)
Hansi Kürsch of Blind Guardian chats about his vinyl obsession, along with his love for movies and books.
32 min
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Episode 9: James LaBrie (Dream Theater)
Dream Theater frontman James LaBrie discusses camping, boating, and his reading list.
29 min
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Episode 8: William DuVall (Alice In Chains)
Alice In Chains singer William DuVall enjoys reading biographies and nonfiction books about history.
35 min
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Episode 7: Chris Caffery (TSO)
Guitar maestro Chris Caffery chats about concocting High River Sauces, making sea glass art, and his stuffed animal mascot Wilbur The Metalphant.
35 min
45
Episode 6: Mick Box (Uriah Heep)
The lead guitarist and co-founding member of Uriah Heep waxes enthusiastic about his love for British football.
17 min
46
Episode 5: Dani Filth (Cradle of Filth)
Cradle shrieker Dani Filth talks about collecting toys, paintings, and antiques.
26 min
47
Episode 4: Ash Costello and New Years Day
Ash Costello and her New Years Day bandmates speak about horror movies and animal rescue.
30 min
48
Episode 3: Alex Skolnick
Guitarist Alex Skolnick and I talk books as we wander through the Strand Book Store.
36 min
49
Episode 2: Jean-Michel Jarre
Electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre loves painting, sci-fi, and movies.
29 min
50
Episode 1: Roger Craig Smith
Voice actor Roger Craig Smith is obsessed with stargazing into the heavens.
38 min