Episode 36

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25th Aug 2020

Elements of Success, with Chris Johnson/Drums

Described by Live Nation Ones to Watch as “one of the most in-demand international drummers on earth”, Chris Johnson is regularly seen by audiences of millions through his work with acts like Lady Gaga, Camila Cabello, Rihanna, Stevie Wonder, Snoop Dogg, Madonna, Seal and J-Lo. Like many of our guests, Chris' musical start is owed to the church; it was there that he would pick up his first set of drum sticks. Since his inaugural tour with gospel singer, Donnie McClurkin, Chris' portfolio of work has expanded dramatically, and now includes global TV credits on shows like Late Nate with Seth Meyers and Fox's The Four. In our episode with Chris, we talk about the elements that have made him successful, the life of a touring musician, and the fundamentals of music as business.

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About the Podcast

Hustle Like U Broke
A Balanced Look from Behind the Scenes, Celebrating the Working-Class Heroes of the Concert Industry
Matthew Walt, Kyle Hamilton, Christine Dallas, and Chris Lee tell their stories from the trenches of the live entertainment world. With over 80 combined years of experience, working with a wide range of A-list artists - including Kendrick Lamar, Stevie Wonder, JLo, Rihanna, Jay Z, Drake, Mac Miller and more - these concert veterans share their unique perspectives on surviving and thriving in the music world. Joining them each week are the people that make the shows happen – the working-class heroes - including production vendors, touring and production managers, engineers and techs, MDs, stylists and backstage managers, bus drivers, tour accountants, travel agents and many more.