Rick Such has been feeling the groove since he was four years-old. His love for music and sound in general led him down a sound-related career path. As a talented audio engineer for over 18 years, he is daily immersed in the world of sound design at his Emmy award-winning audio post-production studio. Rick studied percussion as a grade school student and continued all the way through college at Ball State University, where he majored in telecommunications and was awarded the 2009 Alumnus Of The Year award. A true music aficionado, his appetite for music has allowed him to appreciate music from all genres. Rick knows that the bottom line is excellence in what you do. “I have always had such respect for the guys who were the talent behind the talent in the music industry. To me, the liner notes are an album’s true artwork. Creating Inside MusiCast and giving these amazing musicians the spotlight has been something I have always dreamed of doing.” Rick is Owner/ Engineer of Earshot Audio-Post, a recording studio based in Indianapolis, Indiana USA.

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A purist and minimalist when it comes to music, cars, design and life, Eddy Cabello is uniquely connected to the world around him. He began studying violin at the age of 10 and piano at the age of 12. He also began learning piano, putting his talent to use at church while he was growing up. He migrated to synths…owning DXs, Ensoniqs, Rhodes, M1s, Trinitys, Akai drum machines and other digital toys. Today, he stays close to his acoustic grand. Eddy is also a painter and visual artist/illustrator. He and his IMC co-host, Rick Such, crossed paths while working their day jobs…advertising. “I can’t remember exactly how it happened, but when we started talking about music, liner notes, artists, albums, producers…it was a done deal. We had to do something about it. That’s when we created Inside MusiCast. It’s not necessarily work to us, but it takes alot of work to produce each episode”. Eddy is Creative Director of Cabello Associates, an advertising agency/consultancy based in Indianapolis, Indiana USA, that creates the branding “look” for Inside MusiCast.

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Brian Pearson

Growing up in a talented, musical family, Brian Pearson was constantly surrounded by different types of music. His father, uncles and cousins have been full-time musicians with various bands that played both the national and Chicago scene for years. Both of his parents exposed him to a wealth of music as a child, all of which influenced his development. Music is literally in his genes.

After realizing at a very early age that working in the music field was his main goal, Brian began to focus his talent working in radio, providing musical programming direction to stations in the Chicago market. With Blues and Jazz as his forte, he hosted several well-known shows that pulled-in large audiences. It was during this time that he was able to make acquaintances with artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, Robben Ford, Al Jarreau, Larry Carlton, Delbert McClinton, and many more. A declining demand for radio has led to staging concerts with up-and-coming artists like Susan Tedeschi, Peter Mayer, Ben Taylor, Doyle Bramhall Jr., Tommy Castro and Coco Montoya. Brian found himself writing for music publications like Relix, The Reader, Blues Revue and The Midwest Beat. Today, he runs Deacon Grooves Media, promoting artists that need to be heard.

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Kim ReillySince the age of 5, Kim Reilly felt the magnetism of music through her early exposure to classic rock and pop music on 45’s and LP’s in her home. Albums such as Paul McCartney’s Band On The Run, Jefferson Starship’s Miracles, and Elton John’s Captain Fantastic, along with TV shows such as The Midnight Special paved a road that led her to the conclusion that music was much more than instruments, singing, and dancing. Kim became aware of the talent behind it all and fell in love with the music-making process. She’s a multi-instrumentalist, having performed in several bands throughout the years, and has had the good fortune of meeting and listening to some of the greatest artists who have influenced her musically. Today, she works in the music industry, side-by-side with new and established artists that have inspired her over her life. As a correspondent, Kim has supplied industry knowledge, promotional assistance, as well as musical guest contacts to Inside MusiCast.

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Scott GrossDuring his twenty-one year residence in Los Angeles, Scott Gross immersed himself in the L.A. music scene. A regular at venues such as The Baked Potato, The Golden Bear, At My Place and The Coach House, Scott had the good fortune of seeing incredible artists such as Toto, Steve Lukather, Michael McDonald, Christopher Cross, Ambrosia, Peter Frampton, Stephen Bishop, John Waite and others performing regularly in these intimate venues as they pushed their abilities and performances for their hometown crowds. As a music archivist and dedicated reader of liner notes, he has developed a deep appreciation for the unsung heroes - the session musicians - whose first call status earned them greater respect than it did fame or fortune. Scott performed regularly as a stand-up comedian/musician touring comedy clubs, colleges, cruise ships, resorts and as an opening act at concerts during a ten-year period.  Scott and his family currently reside in the Tampa Bay area of Florida.

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Born into a musical family, mainly focusing on classical music, Mikael Engström soon realized that his mission was to protect the interest of other genres. At the age of nine he entered the local record store and bought his first LP, “Chicago Transit Authority”. Having heard “Introduction” on the radio, his life was completely changed. At an early age he developed a love for rhythm and groove. Playing mom’s pots and cans made his parents realize there might be a drummer born into the family. Many drum kits later he’s now the proud owner of a huge Pearl Birch kit. Always surrounded by music, his collection now contains over 2700 CD’s and loads of music DVD’s. Groups like 10cc, Supertramp, Yes, Camel and Genesis made a huge impact on him as they contained the bridge between his classical roots and rock music. Lee Ritenour’s 1977 “Captain Fingers” was also a key that turned him into a true liner notes reader. Through the notes he discoverd session players like Jeff Porcaro , Bill Champlin, Jay Graydon & David Foster. He considers himself now to be a real “West coast nerd” and he’s quite proud of it. He´s also a great lover of fusion. Mikael also enjoys being involved in the Stockholm music scene as his knowledge and networking helps facilitate various concerts and artists. He resides in Tyresö, just outside Stockholm, Sweden.

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Scott SheriffScott Sheriff was born into a musical family and from an early age, was listening to music with a very discerning ear.  His musical tastes run the gamut from AC/DC to Bill Evans, but mostly he gravitates toward music with deep harmonic structure.  He cites early influences such as the Four Seasons and Beach Boys as instrumental in developing his love for harmony, and later gravitated toward the music coming out of the West Coast circa ‘75-‘85.  Hall & Oates “Kiss On My List” was a touchstone for his interest in rock keyboard playing.

Scott graduated from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Music Production and Engineering.  He has toured extensively as a Keyboardist and Vocalist with with Kenny Loggins, Steven Curtis Chapman, and Susan Ashton, and has filled in dates with Richard Marx, Billy Ray Cyrus, and Michael W. Smith. Scott currently acts at the Owner of ClassicTributeBands.com, a Nashville Music Collective with several bands for hire.

He has also served as Music Director for two Nashville churches, Crosspoint Church, and Bellevue Community Church.  His praise & worship songs are registered with CCLI, and Max Lucado featured his song “Living Water” in his Come Thirsty teaching series. He also travels to teach and play for various worship conferences and seminars.

Scott also currently serves as one of the arrangers for David Foster’s ongoing series of live concerts.

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Don Bbreithaupt

Toronto native Don Breithaupt nearly fell off his red three-speed bike when he first heard “Reeling in the Years” crackling out of his transistor radio. He was 12. Born to musical parents (and not incidentally surrounded since birth by his father’s collection of jazz piano LPs), Don received his first taste of Steely Dan like a message from outer space: “It was a revelation. I thought, you mean that’s allowed? You can play like that and use those chords in a pop song?”

 Don studied composition and arranging on a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music, then began what has been an illustrious career as a keyboard player, songwriter and producer. His Monkey House project, currently signed to ALMA/Universal, has featured such guests as Michael Leonhart, Drew Zingg and Richie Hayward. He won an Emmy Award in 2009 for his theme to the animated series 6teen. He has twice been shortlisted for the prestigious Fred Ebb Award for musical theater songwriting, has won three SOCAN Awards for his television scoring, is a Gemini Award nominee, has co-written three songs nominated for Juno Awards (the Canadian Grammy), and is a past winner of the American Songwriting Competition in the jazz category. Don has accompanied hall-of-fame soul artists including Aretha Franklin and Sam Moore, and has toured with Marc Jordan, Rik Emmett and Sass Jordan, among others. With his NYC-based brother Jeff, he has created an extensive catalog of songs whose interpreters include Jane Monheit, Janis Siegel and Catherine Russell. “It’s always pure creative joy to perform any of their songs,” says longtime Steely Dan vocalist Carolyn Leonhart.

Now based in Los Angeles, Don flies his music nerd flag proudly. In 2007, after an extensive one-on-one interview with Donald Fagen, he wrote Aja, Vol. 46 of Continuum Publishing’s 33-1/3 series on classic albums. His two previous books (for St. Martin’s Press, co-authored with brother Jeff) examined pop music in the seventies. “I think a lot of musicians forget to be music fans, forget the original buzz of it all, forget to keep looking for the next thing they’re going to love. I’ve never lost that. I’m a liner note-reading, album-collecting fan for life.”

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Loretta Sassaman is a freelance writer, music reviewer, all around music enthusiast, a vocalist and musician. Her reviews and thoughts on music can be found on her website Spin That 45. She has contributed to and manages other websites as well as groups & pages on Facebook. Loretta has music running through her hispanic genes as her great aunt, Adela Zambrano Hall (recording artist Adelita y Chico) a Decca Records artist in the 30’s, penned and recorded what is today considered a staple in “el genre” (traditional Mexican music). If you’re familiar with Linda Ronstadt’s Grammy-winning LP “Canciones de mi Padre”, you’d recognize Adela’s song, “Los Laureles.” Thus, Loretta’s roots to music. Loretta’s first collected albums were given to her on her 5th birthday – “Paul Revere & The Raiders Greatest Hits” along with her first 45, “Groovin,” by The Rascals (both of which she asked for). She has always loved the “who, what, where and how” of music and considers herself an amateur musicologist. Maybe that’s because her mother, who was a huge lover of all music, would “talk” music with Loretta, even having her read the autobio of Billie Holiday, “Lady Sing’s The Blues” at age 11. Loretta, growing up in Southern California’s East LA, San Gabriel and later moved to Palm Springs. She rarely missed her favorite music shows, such as 60’s favorites, “America’s Top 40” with Casey Kasem on radio, television’s “The Sam Riddle Show,” “The Reel Don Steele Show,” ‘American Bandstand,” “Soul Train,” “The Midnight Special” and “Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert.” Her love of music is vast, from R & B, Funk, Pop, Rock, Latin, Blues, Euro, EDM, CCM, Bluegrass, Jazz and Blue eyed soul!!!

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Yinka Oyelese is a physician, a specialist in high-risk pregnancy, but has been a lifelong musician and music aficionado. He grew up in Nigeria, but collected a great album collection, reading the liner notes religiously. As such, he got to know of all the great session musicians. Years later, he moved to the US, and married a professional singer. In producing her music, he has had the fortune to work with several of the top musicians and arrangers in the world. Yinka loves jazz, West Coast music, gospel, rock and blues. An audiophile, he loves listening to the finest recorded music. He is also an avid photographer whose work has been published in several leading photographic magazines. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, Patrice Jegou.

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Arnaud Leger is an Art Director and Graphic Designer in France. Graduated from the superior Art School Duperré in Paris. His passion for music began when he was very young. At 8, he discovered the music of Billy Joel, his first American musician hero. His uncle, sax player in a band called The Forgeatters introduced him to the music of Chicago and Toto. Growing up with this passion for a kind of music often forgotten in french music magazines made him be part of Rocktime, a fanzine spreading news about artists such as Richard Marx, Toto, Survivor, Michael Bolton… releasing the artwork cover and writting cd reviews. A few years after, with Jean Luc Raymond, from the Rocktime team, he has created a newsletter « Westcoast Rendez-vous », specialized in « westcoast music » printed by a friend, Jean Philippe Rejou and sent to subscribers. The name of the newsletter was inspired by a song from David Roberts « Midnight Rendez-vous », a classic in the genre. Then « internet » arrived. The newsletter became the official westcoast music french website on the web in 1996. Jean Luc and Arnaud were contacted by the staff of Disneyland Paris to organize a Westcoast music festival in 2003 featuring Robbie Dupree, Poco, Peter Mayer, Greg Guidry, Jim Photoglo, Stephen Bishop, Firefall, Marc Jordan… A success! As an artist, one of a dream that came true was to release cd artworks for these musicians that bring such a joy with their music. Arnaud has created artworks for Bill Champlin, Bill LaBounty, Peter Friestedt and many others.

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