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William Garrett's ROOM TONE podcast interviews are with creatives and thinkers talking about the path, the trip, how they got where they are and where they are going. Always an interesting story.

What is ROOM TONE? One definition states that room tone is the silence of the location and another says room tone is audible noises that make up a background sense of silence.

Every space has its own unique room tone and every conversation in that space creates a unique ROOM TONE all its own.

Jul 26, 2016

William Garrett's ROOM TONE interview with legendary singer/songwriter John Waite. Growing up in Lancaster, England, John went to art school there and a secession of bands led him to his first big time break with The Babys, a band that hovered at the edge of stardom. Then as a solo artist, John hit it big with "Missing You", a worldwide hit and a staple of radio to this day. Forming the band Bad English in the late 80's with members of Journey and The Babys, John delivered two albums and another worldwide hit. Making new music to this day, hear John's story as two old friends have a kitchen table chat. 

Apr 14, 2016

William Garrett's ROOM TONE interview with entertainment industry executive, lawyer, two-time Grammy nominee and social entrepreneur, Paul Katz. After working at EMI London in business affairs, Katz joined the fledgling entertainment company Zomba, eventually landing in NYC as a leader of Zomba's US operations. There, he grew the record label Jive, with groundbreaking signings in rock, rap, hip hop, R&B and infectious pop. As founder and CEO of Entertain Impact, Katz pairs the power of celebrity and causes for what he calls "cause entertainment". With his love for music, humanity and a Rolodex to die for, Katz is able to help affect real and positive change in the world, from eradicating the world of polio to, with the help of Beyonce, saving children's lives at a small hospital in Haiti.

Mar 17, 2016

a ROOM TONE EXTRA: To find out how the music was made for HBO's hit TV series Vinyl, ROOM TONE's William Garrett gets the scoop from veteran bass player Sal Maida, who plays on tracks by the show's fictional band, The Nasty Bits, fronted by James Jagger, Mick's son. Vinyl's producers (including Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger) put an amazing team together to create an authentic 70's rock sound that includes Lee Ranaldo from Sonic Youth, producer/guitarist Don Fleming, John Doe, Charli XCX, Alison Mosshart of The Kills and many more. Get an inside look at the music on Vinyl in this ROOM TONE EXTRA!

Mar 7, 2016

William Garrett's ROOM TONE interview with super talented, always hilarious and charming DJ/Producer duo Peking Duk. Hailing from Canberra, Australia, Adam Hyde and Reuben Styles met as skateboarders and formed a musical alliance that has gone on to top the Australian charts. Conquering the world with sets at festivals like Coachella and Lollapalooza, headlining clubs worldwide and releasing chart topping singles, listen in as they talk of their career path with equal doses of humility and humor, and learn the real meaning of their name, Peking Duk!!

Feb 15, 2016

William Garrett's ROOM TONE interview with legendary recording engineer and producer Al Schmitt. A twenty three time Grammy Award winner, Al has a mind blowing list of credits and has recorded the soundtrack of the last sixty years. At 85, he is still that humble guy from Brooklyn, currently working with the likes of Bob Dylan and Michael Bublé. In this ROOM TONE conversation Al shares some highlights from his amazing career including insights on his longevity and the need to give back. In this voice of experience you'll hear the soul of a kid that just loves making music.

Feb 14, 2016

a ROOM TONE EXTRA: How does it feel to win (or lose) a Grammy Award? ROOM TONE's William Garrett unearths some interesting Grammy facts and speaks with a winner and a non winner (loser is to harsh!) on their experience at the Grammys in this ROOM TONE EXTRA. 

Jan 27, 2016

William Garrett's ROOM TONE Interview with Hollywood Super Agent Louise Ward. Getting her start on FM radio in Boston, Louise craved a path through Hollywood to become one of today's top agents. She's a terrific storyteller and also a serious advocate for her clients and the industry. With clients like Channing Tatum (Burt Gurney in Hail Caesar) and Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron in Star Wars) Louise Ward is at the top of her game.

Jan 19, 2016

William Garrett's ROOM TONE interview with The Borough President of Queens NY, Melinda Katz. Borough President since 2014, Katz is the lead advocate for New York's largest and most diverse borough. From a very creative and civically active Queens family, she brings a cultural and creative prospective to the office that helps to shape a bright future for the Borough of Queens. And she sings too!!

Jan 13, 2016

William Garrett's ROOM TONE interview with guitarist, composer and voice over artist Eric Schermerhorn. An elite sideman to stars like David Bowie, Iggy Pop, SEAL and Lucinda Williams to name a few, Eric talks about his musical career and how, weary of the road, he made a successful career switch to an in demand voice over talent while still remaining a force in the music world. A fun, relaxed and insightful conversation between old friends.

Jan 13, 2016

a ROOM TONE EXTRA - Guitarist and elite sideman Eric Schermerhorn talks to ROOM TONE's William Garrett about how working with David Bowie and the band Tin Machine, changed his career path and started him on the road (literally) for stints with music greats Iggy Pop, Lucinda Williams, SEAL, THE THE, Paula Cole and many more. Check out Eric's incredible story in his full interview on ROOM TONE.