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#69 "Gabo" Lugo- Percussionist, Producer & Audio Engineer!

#69 "Gabo" Lugo- Percussionist, Producer & Audio Engineer!

This week's guest is the talented Gabo Lugo, who is not only a percussionist, but also a producer and audio engineer. 

We start off talking about the iconic recording of this week which is from the two albums put out by the master Israel "Cachao" Lopez called Master Sessions Vol I & Vol II. It was a reissue instigated by the great actor Andy Garcia. The song we chose from these two albums is called "Descarga Cachao".

Music News for this week.....

8 careers in music production that you should know about. 8 tips to help you learn new music fast. 20 creative marketing resources for musicians on a budget. J. Cole's new album breaks streaming records on the first day and beats Drake and his previous records. The boxing beef Marcos refers to is between boxer Adrien Broner and  rapper Tekashi69. I'm sure a quick google search will give you all the details on that. Kanye West is working on new music and new collaborations with different artists and hopefully will be released this spring into early summer. Live Nation announces a 'National Concert Week' with reduced price tickets. The DJ, Avicii, aka Tim Bergling, passed away at 28 after bouts with alcohol abuse. Guitar Center faces bankruptcy. You can always check out your local mom and pop music store or our favorite, Sweetwater, to meet your musical gear needs as another option. Feedbands has a hair-brained plan that mixes cryptocurrency, crowdsourcing, and a vinyl subscription service.  Amazingly, it’s actually working for artists. Who's Who Among the Music Industry's Advocates on Capitol Hill.

This is the organization Damon shouts out, the Jazz Foundation of America. Steve Jordan the musical director of the events for the foundation also has a new Instagram page

Eddie Palmieri is playing at B.B. Kings in NYC with El Gran Combo on Thursday April 26th. (Damon will be there Wed the 25th with the Atomic Funk Project). Special shoutout to the Umass Marimba Bands and Ensembles

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ForScore or DeepDish GigBook for your iPads and tablets with getting your charts together and to turn the pages wirelessly via bluetooth, you can use the Butterfly Page Flip or the IK Multimedia iRig Blue Turn.

The song leading into Gabo's interview is "Ni Fu Ni Fa" by Tego Calderon

The program that Gabo teaches (alongside some other great faculty) at Carnegie Hall for High School students is called the "Future Music Project

The YouTube channel that Paoli Mejias started which focused on percussionists in Puerto Rico was called Conga Borikua

The first program Gabo got from his mom to start making beats with was Reason. From There he moved to Fruity Loops. One of the newest programs on the market now is packs from the Loop Loft. You can find out more about those from friend of the show Ryan Gruss. The program Gabo uses now is Abelton


The percussionist who joined The Roots on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon is Stro Elliot. The professor that Gabo refers to is Tom Rhea. Here's Tom talking about the evolution of the minimoog.

This is a great video of the drummer Tommy Igoe talking about teaching to the future and not just to what you were taught as a student. 

Without hesitation, Jamey Haddad was one of the more influential teachers Gabo had while he as at Berklee. 

Marcos and Gabo give a shoutout to the Pregones Theater in the Bronx for keeping Hispanic art and culture alive and having a place to be showcased. 

Gabo uses LP Classic Model congas, but also has an assortment of electronics at his disposal including MPC type drum machines from Akai, but the Abelton Push is his current favorite. 

Moon gel, Drumtacs and gaff tape are all mentioned with regard to controlling drum overtones. 

In talking about music and the future of the sounds created, Adam Young is mentioned along with his hit song "Fireflies" from his band Owl City

Some of the musical arists in Gabo's current rotation are: Flying Lotus, Knower (Louis Cole's brainchild), Vulfpeck, & Hiatus Kaiyote. Special shoutout to the Kendrick Lamar curated "Black Panther" soundtrack. 

The Samsung S8 Galaxy release that Damon, Marcos and Gabo were all in (as a part of Scott Kettner's Maracatu NY) can be seen by clicking this link HERE.

You can follow Gabo on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. If you are interested in studying with him (specifically on audio interfaces), you can email him at 

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