David Cook: Jazz Piano, Pop World Tours, and Never Leaving Any Musical Doubt - Progressions: Success in the Music Industry

Episode 51

Published on:

22nd Sep 2021

David Cook: Jazz Piano, Pop World Tours, and Never Leaving Any Musical Doubt

This week's guest is pianist, composer, producer, and musical director David Cook. David is an accomplished jazz pianist, having released two albums and represented the United States internationally through Jazz at Lincoln Center and the US State Department. He's also an adjunct professor for the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University. The majority of his time is spent as a musical director and touring musician working with artists including Taylor Swift, Thomas Rhett, Maren Morris, Lizz Wright, Joshua Bassett, Shoshana Bean, and NSYNC. We chat about ego vs confidence, his jazz roots, and preparing for world tours.

In this episode, we'll dig in on...

  • Finding your musical family
  • Chops vs restraint
  • Big budget world tours
  • Respecting the artist
  • Music "no nos"
  • Self-promotion for musicians, then and now
  • Accompanying vocalists
  • Learning from every gig
  • Not leaving any doubt musically
  • Building synth patches
  • Studying with your heros
  • Jam sessions and meeting musicians
  • Putting together a band
  • Translating a record to a live show

Learn More About David Cook...

Website: https://davidcookmusic.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/davidcook88/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/davidcookmusic

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/davidcookmusic

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Guest: David Cook

Host: Travis Ference

Editor: Travis Ference

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Progressions: Success in the Music Industry
Interviews highlighting successful careers in music and breaking down the steps it took to achieve their goals.
I do not believe the people who have thriving careers and fulfilling lives in music can look back and attribute it all to “luck”. At some point in their career they committed themselves to a goal and took steps to achieve that goal. That's what Progressions is here to highlight. We will set you up for success by bringing you an array of interviews with guests from all parts of the industry. By focusing on identifying significant steps and turning points in their careers we hope to inspire you to set big goals for yourself and by doing so design the music career that you've always dreamed of.
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Travis Ference

Travis Ference is a Grammy nominated mixer, producer, and recording engineer based out of Los Angeles, CA. With over a decade of experience in the music business he has worked on multiple #1 albums, several top 10's, numerous RIAA platinum and gold certified records, as well as hit TV shows and blockbuster films. His work can be heard on more than 15 million albums sold and billions streams worldwide.

The inspiration for his podcast came from his journey over the last 5 years to redefine what success is for him, to take control of his time, and to ultimately live the life he wants while making the records he loves.