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Mark Guiliana is easily one of the most recognizable and respected drummers of this current era. Guiliana has managed to carve out a nice career for himself, with highlights such as performing on David Bowie’s final record, Black Star, working with Brad Mehldau for the “Mehliana” collaboration, and heading many of his own projects including Beat Music, Mark Guiliana Quartet, and most recently, Space Heroes. Mark has an instantly recognizable sound, but an unpredictable nature that always leads to exciting performances that possess a great deal of originality and musicality.
In the second and concluding part of this interview, Mark reminisces on his past with Heernt and Avishai Cohen. With Avishai, he learned a lot about how to discipline himself in order to bring his all to the bandstand by asking the question, “Why am I here?” We discuss how Mark was affected by working with David Bowie for Bowie’s final record, Black Star, and whether resuming his normal life was challenging in any way, considering how unbelievable that opportunity to work with Bowie must have been. We also discuss the process of writing “Thank You” and finish off the episode with some listener questions.
Music featured in this episode:
Mark Guiliana – “That DeeJay Chick Works At The Bank Now” (Beat Music: The Los Angeles Improvisations)
Mark Guiliana – “I Create Your Own Future” (Beat Music: The Los Angeles Improvisations)
Mark Guiliana – “BUD” (Beat Music! Beat Music! Beat Music!)
Mark Guiliana – “Thank You” (Single)
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