Rubén Valtierra plays keys with the inimitable and iconic Weird Al Yankovic. In Part 1 we hear about Rubén’s chops as a musician and his general approach to life, you’ll understand why he’s been at the top for such a long period of time.
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Discussion topics covered during the show (links will open in new tab):
The Saga Begins – Al sends Rubén home
Recreating the diverse sounds and styles across Weird Al’s huge catalogue
Weird Al show timing
How Rubén nearly ended up as part of Jimmy Kimmel’s house band
Sampling a Hammond B3 to use on a Kurzweil
Why Rubén loves Kurweil keyboards
Sound design for a Weird Al tour
Weird Al vs Tower of Power
What’s Weird Al like as a boss? (spoiler: he’s a great boss)
Rubén’s bucket list: Santana (and a shout out to David K Mathews)
The Valtierra Latin Orchestra
The upcoming Weird Al Movie
Why Weird Al is a true, great artist
Not mentioned but worth a watch: Weird Al and the band play 77 cover songs over 77 nights.
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