MusicRadar.com, a division of Future PLC, is the premier musician-centered website and innovative force presenting In Conversation, the popular podcast interview series featuring six-time Grammy Award Winning percussionist Chad Smith chatting with friends from across the industry. On Monday, September 23rd, Chad’s partner in ‘chat’ will be the iconic, multi-Grammy Award winning musician Carlos Santana. In an intriguing twist to this special edition, the chat will expand to include a video recording of the interview on In Conversation. The in-depth conversation with the legendary guitarist will continue with its second installment on Monday, September 30th.
Generously filmed by the Drum Channel, and presented by MusicRadar.com, this two-part interview was shot backstage on August 9th at the San Jose Repertory Theatre during rehearsals for DRUM! Night, which featured performances by, among others, Chad Smith and Cindy Blackman Santana, Carlos’ wife, who is also a highly celebrated drummer.
In his over 40-year career, Santana has sold more than 100 million records and performed before more than 100 million fans across the world. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist has won 10 GRAMMY® Awards in his illustrious career and shows no signs of slowing down. Recently, Santana was named to the list of iconic performers at the 36th Annual Kennedy Center Honors this December 29th.
Chad, a fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, had this to say about his chat with Santana, “Carlos, a Legend, needs no introduction. It was a real surprise when he came to support his wife at DRUM! Night and then agreed to sit down and chat with me. What a soulful man. Check it out… inspiring. Thanks, Carlos!”
Joe Bosso, US Editor of MusicRadar.com, says, “We’re thrilled an honored to welcome Carlos Santana as Chad Smith’s latest guest on In Conversation. His chat with Chad is lively, fascinating and enlightening. In all of Chad’s conversations, with music’s brightest stars, he has done more than simply get inside the music; he shoots straight into a musician’s heart and soul. With Carlos Santana, he achieves something rare, establishing a cosmic consciousness about the art of live performance, something that artists understand from their vantage point and fans know from another perspective. This dialogue brings the two views together.”
Will Groves, Editor-In-Chief of MusicRadar.com, says, “It’s been a pleasure and privilege for MusicRadar to host Chad’s In Conversation series. We’ve smashed traffic records, expanded our audience, made new friends and learnt a thing or two along the way. We can’t say too much right now, but Chad has still more heavy hitters lined up for the Autumn too.
The Santana interview marks the fourth installment of the highly popular interview series In Conversation. Previous episodes have seen Chad talking shop with Rush’s Alex Lifeson, The Avett Brothers, along with Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth from Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club Fame.