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Three Questions with Luis Conte

One of the things that makes new ArtistWorks Drum Academy teacher Luis Conte unique is his experience touring with world-class musicians. Luis shares his thoughts on his upcoming June tour with James Taylor 

What is your most memorable moment about touring with James Taylor?

"There are many, but one that stands out is playing at Carnegie Hall with James and the band along Tonny Bennet, Allison Krauss and Robert Cray. Another is playing at the Rock In Rio Festival in Brasil for over 200,000 people!"

Hear a clip from the 1985 Rock in Rio tour starting at 0:48.
You once told me a story about playing spurs from Home Depot on the James Taylor album "October Road." Will you play them again?

"If we play the song October Road, I will play them on that song!"

What advice would you give to aspiring percussionists who want to tour like you do?

"Keep your eyes and ears open to all styles. Listen and study music. Practice. And above all, be a nice and clean human being. Bands do not want misbehaved, unpleaseant, and irresponsible people on the road!"

This April, you can ask Luis any percussion questions you'd like through written message or Video Exchange. All you need is the desire to play.