Rai Thistlethwayte – Thirsty Merc / Joe Satriani / Sun Rai

Rai Thistlethwayte interview keyboard player

We speak with the amazing Rai Thistlethwayte on his incredible international career as an acclaimed keyboard player across a range of genres. As you’ll hear / see, Rai is an incredibly down-to-earth and insightful musician with some great perspectives on the keyboard playing life. Enjoy!

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Discussion topics covered during the show (links will open in new tab):  

Rai’s website

Moving from ‘nerdy’ keyboard player to guitar wielding front-man of a rock band (and doing both)

Rai’s musical upbringing

Early exposure to the music industry and record contracts

Rai and Thirsty Merc in action – The Grind

Thirsty Merc Live

Balancing the different aspects of a music career in both Australia and overseas

Rai’s inspirations

Starting out in the US: ‘It’s Sixty bucks and a punch in the face’

Rai in action with Louis Cole and KNOWER: Overtime

Working with Joe Satriani

Rai with Joe Satriani – The Elephants of Mars

Rai’s Joe Satriani tour gear video

Cosmic Psychos – Better in the Shed

Working with Aaron Sterling

Aaron Sterling – Sound of Sterloid Vol 1

Sun Rai – San Franciso Street (featuring Aaron Sterling) 

Rai’s inspiring song Man Oh Man 

Dealing with imposter syndrome / times of feeling down

Lianne La Havas – Weird Fishes

On setting up sounds for a Joe Satriani tour using Nord keyboards only

The Embertone Walker 1955 Concert D

Love for Spectrasonics’ releases

Question from listener Walter Galindo on hand independence

Joe Satriani band pre-show ceremony

Tag a Keyboard Player:  Dennis Hamm, Aaron Parks

Desert Island Discs: Machine Head – Deep Purple, The Sixteen Men of Tain – Alan Holdsworth, Mr Bungle – Mr Bungle, Standards Vol. 2 – Keith Jarrett, Mama Said – Lenny Kravitz, honourable mention to Hejira – Joni Mitchell

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