Episode 30 – Philip Ellis (Drummer/Ableton Live Master)

Philip Ellis has played drums at The Austin Stone for a LONG time!  He is not only an incredible drummer, but he is a videographer, and an Ableton Live Master!  If you are interested in efficiency when running backing tracks, click tracks, or cues, Philip is your guy!  Philip also has a Vlog called Watch Me Live My Life!  It is awesome so go check it out!  Thanks for tuning into Episode 30!  Its a good one!

Episode 29 – Michael Pope (Guitar Player/Bethel Music)

In the past 8 years or so, Bethel Music has become the leading voice in worship music in America.  One of the people behind the impact that they are making world wide is Michael PopeMichael has written some of the best guitar lead lines in worship music today.  His influence on the guitar world is undeniable. Not only is he one of the leading voices in guitar gear, tone, and effects, but his heart for the Lord is as genuine as it gets!  Such a fun conversation!  He answers some “Fan Questions”, we talk about guitar tone, plus he gives some tips on being an effective MD (Musical Director).

Episode 26 – Brady Bruton (Owner of Brady Cases)

If you are a musician and have ever tried to buy a touring case for any of your equipment, then you have probably heard of Brady Cases.  Brady Bruton is one of the best custom case builders there is!  If you can think of it, Brady can build it!  Brady has built cases for Katy Perry, Chicago, Switchfoot, and almost every touring worship musician out there!

Brady is also a worship musician!  Brady’s love for guitar and music is what caused him to start Brady Cases 10 years ago.  In this episode we discuss Buisiness, Gear, and worship culture!

Episode 22 – PODCAST TAKEOVER w/ Cody Keys (Interviewed by his friend Chad Brooks)

Episode 22 is a little different.  We are 22 Episodes into this podcast so we decided to flip the script.  Instead of me interviewing a friend of mine, I decided to get a Podcast friend of mine (from episode #15) to interview me!  We talk about life, owning girl’s jeans in college, and the reasons I decided to start Tip Jar Podcast.  It was fun answering questions this time around.  Enjoy!

Episode 21 – Rich Gilliland (Bass Player/Contract Musician w/ LifeChurch)

Finally!  We are talking BASS!  Its all about that Bass yall!  My friend Rich Gilliland is a KILLER musician.   He has some serious chops.  He can also play any and all genres of music.  He started on stand up bass, he has played R&B/Hip Hop w/ Christian artist KJ-52, He has played Rock w/ Christian Band Pillar.  He has worked for “Church on the Move” and currently works w/ LifeChurch!  If that isn’t a killer resume then I don’t know what is!

In this episode, Rich tells his story. We talk about Bass tone, On boarding musicians, the audition process within LifeChurch, and Captain Crunch Berries!

Episode 15 – Chad Brooks (Sound Engineer, Guitar Player, Pastor, Podcaster, etc)

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The man, the myth, the legend… Chad Brooks.  Chad and I go WAY back!  Chad’s resume is crazy.  He has worked as a Sound Engineer, Worship Pastor, Pastor, Podcaster, and the list goes on!  Chad taught me a TON when I started The Tip Jar Podcast!  I’m thankful for his friendship and his wisdom.  Every conversation w/ Chad is fun and this episode is no different.

Episode 11 – Daniel Martin (Sound Engineer for Mercy Me)

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When thinking about “worship teams”, the person that usually gets forgotten is the Sound guy.  Yet the sound guy is one of the MOST important people on the team!  A sound guy can make or break you!  In episode 11, my buddy Daniel Martin gives us his 2 cents.  Daniel has worked in mega churches, and has also worked for Mercy Me for years!  Even though he is a crazy humble guy, and wouldn’t brag on himself, Daniel is the real deal!  He can make a band sound CRAZY GOOD!