I’ve wanted to do a drums and percussion episode on the show for some time now so I had to try and get two of Portland’s best, Mike Collins and Mark Powers. They stopped by to co-host the show with me and share some tracks from their favorite drummers. Both Mike and Mark are involved in multiple projects that span a wide variety of genres so I was excited to see what they would be adding to our PDX Spotlight playlist. IMG_2967

IMG_2964The evening started with the guys telling us about their first drum kits, education, and influences. The playlist had a lot of wonderful artists including Led Zepplin, Mutemath, Sting, and Garage A Trios. We also highlighted a recording from Mbrascatu, featuring our guest Mark Powers. Later, listeners got to hear a drum solo from Mike Collins called “Wiggle Room” and the song “Oregon” from his band Metts, Ryan, & Collins.  Another topic we spent some time on was the recording process, techniques, and the importance of continuing their drum education throughout their careers.IMG_2963

During the second hour of the show Mike and Mark had a live jam session on some minimal percussion pieces they had brought in. While they were playing they explained their thought process as the session evolved. They described it in a very simple and insightful way that was easy for the listeners to understand.

I can’t thank the guys enough for spending the evening with me and sharing their thoughts on this amazing topic.

Please enjoy our interview and live jam session with Mike Collins and Mark Powers!


Luke Neill

I host "Sounds of PDX" every Tuesday from 7-9pm.

At my core, I am a musician, songwriter, producer, studio owner/engineer, and, most importantly, a lover of all things music. It is my goal to help connect listeners to local artists. I believe we should all be searching for the next thing that inspires us.

I am originally from Arizona, where over many years, I played in several different independent bands in the Phoenix and Tucson areas. I put in many, many hours of grassroots-style promotion in order to get my bands heard. I am excited to be a part of Portland Radio Project where I can provide an avenue to local Portland musicians to share their art.
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