Darryl Beaton has already had an incredible career as a keyboard player, singer and musical director, and he’s just getting started. We talk with Darryl on his career to date, his take on the ups and downs of TV-based musical direction and a whole bunch more including one hell of a Stevie Wonder anecdote!
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Discussion topics covered during the show (links will open in new tab):
Working with Delta Goodrem
Darryl’s keyboard rig with Delta Goodrem
Darryl’s musical upbringing and Mrs Parsons the amazing piano teacher
The challenging early years of being a professional musician
Darryl in action with Human Nature
Working with Kanye West and observing his work ethic
The specific challenges of working on a show like Australian Idol
A typical day on Australian Idol
Challenging the stereotypes around singers and musicians on ‘talent shows’
Working with Jess Mauboy
Darryl Beaton Band live in Japan
How time in West Africa changed Darryl’s view of music (and life)
Thoughts for younger players entering the music industry
Tag a Keyboard Player: PJ Morton
Desert Island Discs: Innervisions – Stevie Wonder, Bring on the Night – Sting, Live at The Bitter End 1971 – Donny Hathaway, Weekend in L.A. – George Benson, How I Got Over … Songs That Carried Us – Smokie Norful. HOnourable mentions for Whispering Jack and Age of Reason – John Farnham, and Matchbook – Ian Moss.
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