Mark Kelso

268 – Mark Kelso: Developing your musical mind

Mark Kelso, the Ireland-born Canadian, has felt at home behind the drums since the early age of 4. Since then he’s amassed a career that’s impressive to say the least. Kelso boasts recording credits on over 280 records, commercial jingles and movie soundtracks as well as working with legends, including: Pat Metheny, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Michael Bublé, Changuito, Larry Coryell, Herbie Hancock, Olivia Newton John, Molly Johnson, Chaka Khan, John Scofield, Mike Stern and many others too numerous to mention. His unique relationship with time, feel and rhythm as a whole has lead to him to be one of the most sought after performers and clinicians in the world.

Mark Kelso talk about:

  • Sitting behind the kit at 4 and having the ability to play
  • Growing up “on the road” with his family
  • His slight departure from drums to play saxophone
  • Dealing with frustrations
  • Developing a better relationship with rhythm and feel
  • Tips for what to work on in the practice room
  • Displacing the “downbeat”
  • Much more

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2 replies
  1. Mark Kowald
    Mark Kowald says:

    This one was great! Dude is so humble can’t wait to check Mark Kelso’s DVD and the other things mentioned. I’ve been listening to DRP since Ep 174 (Billy Martin) and I’m glad your doing this Nick, the content is dope. Ps- I don’t think your a douche 😛

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