Damon McMahon, Keyboardist and Industry Expert

Damon McMahon keyboard player

Damon McMahon is an Australian-based keyboard player and former musical instrument industry professional who has a fascinating history of playing and living in other countries, including China, Singapore and Japan. We cover Damon’s interesting history in music and also engage in some music industry chat.

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

Damon’s musical ‘residency’ in Shanghai, China

Playing in a four-piece band in Singapore

Two and a half years playing in Japan athe Osaka Hilton

Playing in Thailand

Playing on the night of an earthquake in Osaka, Japan.

The mature taste in music of the Japanese people

Playing ABBA in China

Working for Roland Corp.

Roland RD-600 in action

The Osaka Blue Note

Joe Sample at the Blue Note Osaka 1995

Even politicians don’t understand not to talk at you while you’re playing… (and no, it wasn’t Anthony Albanese)

Working for Yamaha Music Australia

Working for Casio’s Australian distributor

Differences between Yamaha, Roland and Casio’s approach

Damon’s favourite keyboards

A case  in support of the arranger keyboard

Damon’s guitar player-related train wreck

Desert Island Discs: Here Come D’boogie Man – Herbie Marks, Jarreau – Al Jarreau, Johnnie B. Bad – Johnnie Johnson, Original Soundtrack – Rebel, Natural Wonder – Stevie Wonder

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