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NEPA SCENE PODCAST: ‘Behind the Beat’ with Olyphant drummer and teacher Chris Langan

NEPA SCENE PODCAST: ‘Behind the Beat’ with Olyphant drummer and teacher Chris Langan
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Recorded and produced every week by Internet marketing company Coal Creative in their production studio in downtown Wilkes-Barre, the NEPA Scene Podcast presents honest, uncensored interviews and in-depth discussions about local arts, entertainment, and the issues that matter to Northeastern Pennsylvania.

The live, multi-camera show streams in high definition on NEPA Scene’s Facebook page on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. and is hosted by Rich Howells, editor and founder of NEPA Scene; Brittany Boote, owner of Boote Photography Studio in Forty Fort; and Johnny Popko, the senior marketing consultant at local radio stations Alt 92.1, Rock 107, and ESPN Radio. Viewers are encouraged to tune in during each hour-long episode and interact during the Facebook Live stream so that the hosts can address comments and answer questions as they come in.

After the live webcast, the show is available the following Friday as an audio podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud, and Stitcher, while the video version can be seen on Facebook and YouTube.

The NEPA Scene Podcast is made possible by local sponsors Beer Boys, The Keys, and the F.M. Kirby Center, Coal Creative, and viewers who tune in every week.

In Episode 16, we sit down with Chris Langan, the drummer for LondonForce, Dani-elle, Grant Williams, Tribes, and other local bands as well as a drum teacher and the host of “Behind the Beat” on YouTube.

After an improvised drumming demonstration, we drink some White Lightning by Full Pint Brewing Company in Pittsburgh courtesy of our new sponsor, Beer Boys in Wilkes-Barre, and talk about why he chose the drums, his different experiences with the aforementioned bands, the challenge of playing multiple genres of music and learning songs on the fly, playing in Nashville, passing his knowledge down to students at the Scranton Music Academy and online, important lessons he teaches while continuing to learn himself, the struggle of making a living as a musician, recording YouTube videos and getting recognized by the original artists, online drum tracking, memorable live shows, his future career, and more. We also answer some questions and comments from live viewers, including one from a young drummer asking for advice.

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The views and opinions expressed during this podcast do not necessarily reflect those of the hosts, NEPA Scene, Coal Creative, or our sponsors.