Brian Dunne

274 – Brian Dunne [Hall and Oates/Live From Daryl’s House]: Deep in the groove

New York native Brian Dunne has been touring the world for the past seven years with music icons, Hall and Oates. He gained the position through his work with Daryl Hall’s “Live from Daryl’s House” – a weekly webshow where Daryl and his house band (Dunne included) perform with other well know musicians, like Joe Walsh, Wyclef, Grace Potter, Parachute, Guster, Daryl Hall, Chiddy Bang, Rumer, Nick Waterhouse, Amos Lee, Brett Dennen, Darius Rucker, Allen Stone, Butch Walker, Jason Mraz, Shelby Lynne, Kenny Loggins, The O’Jays, Rob Thomas, Neon Trees, and Cee Lo Green. (and a long list of others)

Dunne’s early work included Average White Band, Chuck Loeb, Alana Davis, Bobby Caldwell and more. His diverse background and undeniable focus on serving the music is what keeps Brian working and the listener’s heads bobbing.

Brian Dunne Talks about:

  • How he got into playing and the influence of his older siblings (he’s the youngest of 7)
  • Gigging at wedding gigs at 14/15 years old
  • Learning to read at an early age
  • Practice routines and playing with records
  • The music school scene and joining the “circles”
  • How the wedding scene led to bigger gigs
  • Getting the Average White Band gig
  • The journey to working with Daryl Hall
  • Landing the Hall and Oates gig
  • A look inside Live from Daryl’s House
  • Much more

Resources / People / Links mentioned:

Brian Dunne plays:

  •  DW Drums
  • Sabian Cymbals
  • Evans Drumheads
  • Vic Firth Drumsticks

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2 replies
  1. Cvitan Barac
    Cvitan Barac says:

    Hey Nick,

    Great interview with Brian. I didn’t know he has been in the New York scene for so long and had a very deep background of playing in the area for years. It’s always good to hear that there are players you don’t hear about for a long time until something like his time playing with Live at Daryl’s House puts him in the ‘so called’ spot-light and then find out he has played a such wide variety of genres. So much information to take on board for this interview. Thank you for all your work Nick.

    • Nick
      Nick says:

      yeah, Brian has been around (in a good way) as you can tell form the interview. It was so great to have him and you’re right…he dropped a TON on info! Thanks Cvitan

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