Lil' Drummer Girl



This podcast is for artists, musicians and entrepreneurs looking to brand and market their businesses. There will be services, products and interviews of musicians, artists and entrepreneurs telling you what not to do or how to make it in the business arena.


  • LDG EP#047 Dr. Carl Blasphemy - Villain Arts Tattoo Convention - Master of Ceremonies is In the House!

    31/10/2018 Duration: 14min

    I heard that the Villain Arts Tattoo Convention was being held at the Tampa Convention center and I knew I had to take a little peek-see.   Dr. Carl Blasphemy who is the Emcee of the show was so nice to give me some of his time for an interview.    I'm sure as you may already know, putting on any type of event, especially a convention of this size is no easy task, but he was gracious enough to give us an interview here amidst all of the hustle and bustle. Carl has a varied background ranging from small parties and weddings to large-scale conventions.  He's announced in wrestling rings for WCW and WWE.  He is the voice of Easyriders Magazine and events, a national award-winning professional Disc Jockey and most sought after Emcee for Tattoo Conventions. Today Carl shares with us: How he went from a being a Radio D.J. to becoming a sought-after Emcee at Tattoo conventions. How many shows he puts on in one year. How the market is growing internationally and where they're headed for next year. and so much more.

  • LDG EP#046 Is Your Marketing Calendar Geared Up for 2019? If Not, Why Not?

    04/10/2018 Duration: 10min

    Do you have a marketing calendar for your business?  If not, why not?   A marketing calendar is important to your business because if you don't schedule it on the calendar it will probably never get done. Having a marketing calendar is a very important tool for your business.  And, if you think because you are an artist or a performer that you're not a "business person" think again.  Your art IS your business and you are the face of it. The world of business today has changed tremendously and marketing has also changed a lot since I had my first marketing job working with Polygram Diversified Entertainment (which Jon Scher ran and is no longer in business), they were the portion of the label that handled merchandise for their roster of artists.  My second stint in marketing was with Redcats, USA.  They owned several fashion catalogs including La Redoute, Chadwick's of Boston, Lane Bryant, Jessica London, Big & Tall for Men and Brylane Home. The one thing these jobs taught me was that it was imperative to

  • LDG EP#045 Reed Barrickman - The Dirty Doors Tribute Band

    06/09/2018 Duration: 17min

    One day I was perusing YouTube when I came across a man covering a Jim Morrison song, I believe it was "Light My Fire" and I was blown away by the amazing likeness in his sound and how much he looked like Jim Morrison from The Doors when he was on stage.    I immediately began investigating and I found out that it was Reed Barrickman who has a tribute band called The Dirty Doors.  I was so impressed. I looked at their website and read that they were coming into my area to play at the Central Park Performing Arts Center in Largo, FL. Immediately, I got in touch with Reed and he was gracious enough to give me an interview him before the show. The Dirty Doors was formed in Atlanta, Georgia back in 2012 to pay tribute to one of the greatest rock bands of all time - The Doors".  The band consists of 4 members, they are:  Reed Barrickman on vocals Matt Boehnlein on guitar Geoff Lewis on keyboards and Alex Selph on drums (although I saw the original drummer Jason Monseur who was with the band for the first three yea

  • LDG #044 Paul Anthony Martini - Vertigo - The UL2Mate U2 Tribute Band

    05/09/2018 Duration: 10min

    I met up with Paul Anthony Martini who is the lead singer in the Vertigo The UL2Mate U2 Tribute band. I saw them at the Central Park Performing Arts Center (if you haven't been there to catch a show, you must check it out, it's a great place to see a concert).   Paul was gracious enough to take time out from traveling across Florida to meet with me and give me an interview. Let's just say I was blown away when I caught their live show.  The band consists of:  Paul Anthony Martini on vocals, A.J. Allen on Guitar, Larry Morse on drums and Bobby Silvia Bell on the bass.   Paul not only does the U2 Tribute band, but also does an INXS tribute band as well and has over 8 cd's of originals that he's written and produced. Check out his music at: Paul on Reverbnation    Be sure to catch Paul performing live with his U2 tribute band here at: where you can catch his live performance and transformation into Bono.   Stay in touch with Vertigo:  Facebook Fan Page Vertigo's Website   Rock On & Roc

  • LDG EP#043 Kevin Offitzer - Stick Figure

    02/08/2018 Duration: 32min

    When I learned that Stick Figure would be headlining with Slightly Stoopid and Pepper this summer at the Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg, FL I knew I had to meet up with them and catch their show.   Kevin Offitzer is here today. He is the drummer with Stick Figure. If you're not familiar with Stick Figure, it was formed by frontman Scott Woodruff, a native from Duxbury, Massachusetts who has been portrayed as a one-man-band. Scott began recording a series of albums under the moniker of Stick Figure, he would sell tens of thousands of copies of each of his self-produced releases exclusively by word of mouth and social media, all tracks of which were recorded solo with Woodruff laying down the tracks one by one. The current live band line-up features Kevin Offitzer on drums, Tommy Suliman on bass, Kevin Bong (K-Bong) on keyboards and Johnny Cosmic on Guitar. The band has toured with Rebelution, Dirty Heads, Collie Buddz, The Green and Tribal Seeds. Their album Set in Stone Vinyl Edition is a double album set and h

  • LDG EP#042 8 Million Seconds of Summer

    09/07/2018 Duration: 12min

    Well, summer's here, we've now gone into a couple of weeks, had our 4th of July and there's only a few more short weeks. Having 8 million seconds of one season sounds like a lot of time, but, in all actuality we know how quick this season can fly by. Do you have plans scheduled out on your calendar so that you don't miss out on any fun? Today we talk about some fun ways to keep summertime happy an fun. -Working outdoors -Things to do for summertime fun -The Lazy hazy days of summer and how to stay cool -Cooking outdoors and so much more. Don't forget to pick up your FREE Ultimate Travel Packing list so you never leave another thing behind at: Have a happy summer, be safe, eat lots of fresh fruits and summer feasts.    Love, Dawn-Marie XO 

  • LDG EP#041Get Jazzy - It's Jazz Appreciation Month!

    16/04/2018 Duration: 03min

    Are you a Jazz fan? One of my favorite music genres is Jazz. I recently learned that April is Jazz Appreciation Month so I would like to talk about what you can do today to celebrate it.  My family would always play music in the house and my mom and dad loved all of the best that music had to offer, from Benny Goodman, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Broadway show tunes and so much more. There was always a great tune playing in the house. So, at an early age (as early as I can recall – age 3) I was turned onto all the Jazz standards as well as good old rock and roll from my older siblings.   Jazz has such a long history and its roots toward today's music is astounding. Without Jazz, we probably wouldn't have more than half of the music we listen to today.   Set up in 2001, Jazz Appreciation Month a/k/a JAM was created to promote jazz both as a historical and contemporary art form.   Washington DC remains its main home with an extensive program of events, so if you live in that area, be sure to check out what's

  • LDG EP#040 - Jordan Rosenthal - Fortunate Youth

    31/03/2018 Duration: 19min

    Hey there, welcome to today's episode of the Lil' Drummer Girl. I'm stoked because in this episode we get a live interview with Jordan Rosenthal, the drummer of the Fortunate Youth.   Fortunate Youth is a collective of six outstanding musician/producers who have taken the worldwide music scene by storm. They spread inspirational messages of peace, love, and unity. They connect music lovers from all around the globe creating a family of positivity and progressive ideals.   Fortunate Youth was established in Hermosa Beach, California – a popular beach town in the LA County. Four of the six members went to high school together (Jered Draskovich, Corey Draskovich, Travis Walpole and Greg Geleb), linking Mississippi transplant Dan Kelly (lead singer) then adding the drummer, Jordan Rosenthal from Las Vegas.   The band has toured heavily since 2009 with over 20 tours nationwide as well as abroad under their belt and they've released 3 full-length albums, two of which hit #1 on the Billboard and iTunes Reggae charts

  • LDG EP#039 Drummer Wesley Finley of Rebelution

    27/03/2018 Duration: 11min

    Reggae Rise Up, the three-day reggae festival was back in full swing at the Vinoy Park in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida.  Rebelution was on the bill on the opening night and their drummer Wesley Finley was gracious enough to give me an live interview before his show.  For those of you who may not be familiar with Rebelution, they are a California Reggae Roots band and it all started in 2004 with 5 guys (Eric Rachmany, Matt Velasquez, Rory Carey, Marley D. Williams and Wesley Finley)who met during college while attending University of California, Santa Barbara all of which getting their degrees in religious studies (Rachmany), Anthropologie (Finley) film studies (Williams), and business economics (Carey). Matt Velasquez is no longer with the band. In 2007 they released their first full-length album Courage to Grow which would become their breakthrough album.  The album was praised for its crafty melodies, socially conscious lyrics, and savvy musicianship. The band plays over 100-120 shows a year.  Tours ha

  • LDG #038 - Barbara Marville - Just Marvelous!

    12/03/2018 Duration: 19min

    Today on the Lil' Drummer Girl is guest Barbara Marville Kelly.  We worked together at HSN (the Home Shopping Network) and Barbara was one of the top on-air selling hosts on the show. With 15 years under her belt, she has worked with guests such as Jennifer Flavin-Stallone, Loni Anderson, and Franki Avalon just to name a few.  Over the years she found the importance of absolute proper health, nutrition, sleep, life balance and personal growth & development, were critical for optimal performance. She's written books, has her own TV internet show and has multiple programs including "The Six Month Total Body Revolution".  Today Barbara discusses: How she became a host on HSN How she positioned herself to become a household brand How she married a 5x Award Martial Arts champion and how it changed her life. How she started her own TV show ( and her very own line of skincare products. So check it out, grab your pen and paper and take notes.   Happy Listening, Dawn-Marie XO  

  • LDG EP#037 Meet DJ Ry Toast the Coolest DJ in L.A.

    26/02/2018 Duration: 36min

    Today's episode DJ Ry Toast of Tyrone's Jacket is in the house. She's one of the coolest DJ's around.  Listen today and find out why. DJ Ry Toast is an LA Based DJ, her style is rooted in NY Hip Hop, but her sound has no boundaries.  She lives for "feel good" music.  She's into funk, soul, R&B as well as modern sounds like Nudisco, Bass, and Moombahton. She has played with hip hop heavy hitters such as:  DMX, Nas, WuTang Clan and Masta Ace.  She is 1/3 of LA's Hip Hop group:  Tyrone's Jacket and she even has her very own DJ Truck - Sweetbeats LA.     DJ Ry Toast is here today talking about: -How she got into becoming a DJ. -How she booked her first gig. -The challenges of traveling on the road with three people in a van. -Lessons learned from her first tour while opening for the Dirty Heads. -How she got into the world of tattoos and so much more.  Please note there are is some explicit language so if you're listening around the little ones, please be sure to put on your headphones :).  If you've always w

  • LDG #EP036 Gwyneth Leech Master of the Coffee Cup Art and More!

    16/02/2018 Duration: 25min

    Today’s episode is an in-depth interview with NYC artist Gwyneth Leech.  Gwyneth is well known for her artwork on used coffee cups.  She's studied at the Edinburgh College of art in the UK. Gwyneth has exhibited over 850 coffee cup art works in specific installations.  It all began in 2011 in the Window Space for Public Art on West 39th Street in the infamous NYC’s Garment District.  Her presence at work in the window was an instrumental part of the project.  From there, she went onto the Anthropologie window display in the UK during the London Art Festival.  Today, she now has over 1,001 coffee cup stories.  Check out her live in action on this awesome video: Anthropologie Installation Video Gwyneth also speaks on how she got started and how she got a chance to do work on a two year collaboration designing porcelain coffee cups with the Anthropologie stores. Gwyneth says “When I don’t have art in my life, I have a huge amount of misplaced energy.  I just can’t imagine my life without art”. Although she still

  • LDG EP#035 Manage Your Time - Stay On Your Game & Make It Happen!

    12/12/2017 Duration: 06min

    Have you noticed time is moving very quickly these days?  Do you find yourself saying "I'm just killing time?"  If so, please don't.  Time is a commodity we should not waste.  Especially, when there's much to do.     How do you handle your time management?  How long is your to-do list?  Are you planning any time off for yourself before the year's over?     Take care of your time and it will take care of you.     So listen to today's show and grab a couple of tips to help you get things done and on time.   And if you're planning any upcoming tavel, whether on a tour, or for fun -- pick up your FREE COPY of The Ultimate Travel Checklist and never leave another thing behind again.     If you like this episode, please share it with your friends and subscribe so that you'll never miss out on any of the episodes.  We can be found on  iTunes, iHeartRadio, Stitcher Radio, SoundCloud, Player FM, Google Play and on the Lil' Drummer Girl website at:   Rock On & Rock Out!   Dawn-Marie XO    


    11/12/2017 Duration: 14min

    Today’s guest is Joe Dickens, drummer of the band Iration.   For those of you who aren’t familiar with Iration, they are an alternative Reggae group consisting of musicians formed in Isla Vista, CA.  They are a deep rooted reggae influenced band infused with elements of rock and pop which create smooth original sounds.  They’re motto is:  “We’re all about luv”. Joe Dickens has been touring nationally since 2008, performing nationally at festivals like Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Hangout and many others.  Some of the things we’ll discuss today are: Joe’s drum set up (note the set below is not vintage like Joe's):  The 6 Piece Ludwig Vistalite Drum Set: Zyldjian 19” A Custom    20” EFX     14” K Hi-Hat The Kit Joe's played in the past: Yamaha Custom Birch Kit Promark Drumsticks  What and who inspired him to switch from playing guitar to rockin’ out on the drums. One of his biggest stage mishaps and how it's helped him. How he was able to become successful as a self-published band Iration’s newest single “Bo

  • LDG EP#31 Tribal Seeds - Zeb- Jamey Dakofsky

    25/09/2017 Duration: 24min

    Today I have very fun, cool and special guest – Zeb a/k/a Jamey Dakofsky who is the drummer for Tribal Seeds.   Zeb is from L.A. and has been playing drums since he was 8 years and old and by age 10 he was gigging in a punk and classic rock. All the while playing with various musical ensembles, working on Timpani, hand percussion and full drum set.   He attended the performing arts high school in California and by age 20 he was backing his first Reggae artist Mikey Dread H.R. from Bad Brains hand drumming specialist Ras Michael when came back to the states, his career skyrocketed.   He has worked sessions with Grammy award winning songwriters such as Diane Warren (Aerosmith and Leann Rimes) and worked with top producers such as Ashley Ingram (Des'ree), Randy Jackson and Fabian Cooke (“Lion King” Soundtrack).   In 1994, he helped form Detour Posse which has since become the premiere backing band of International Reggae artists from around the globe. Working over 250 shows a year, sometimes he even plays more t

  • LDG EP#030 It's Radio Day!

    20/08/2017 Duration: 03min

    It's National Radio Day today.  I'm so excited because it made me think of my first radio. Do you remember your first radio?  It was a hand-me-down from my big brother. It was a small transistor radio that you could plug a earplug into it (they didn't have two ear buds, one side only). A pull up antennae and basically it would only play AM radio (even though there were dials on it for FM, it wouldn't come in clearly). Me and my girlfriends would sit on our stoops in Park Slope, Brooklyn and listen to our favorite station WABC which at that time would play the Top 40 hits (mind you over and over again). We never got sick listening to those songs. I still have some of them on vinyl in my 45's collection.   Have you ever wondered what your life would be like if there wasn't any music in it? I couldn't even fathom the thought. Every important and non-important part of my life has a song attached to it. Music has made me happy, sad, pensive and most importantly, spiritual.   Do you prefer to listen to music throug

  • LDG EP#029 Happy National Men's Grooming Day

    15/08/2017 Duration: 08min

    Greetings Gentlemen, this episode today is specifically for you (well some of it can also apply to women), but I'm dedicating this one for you guys out there.   Today is National Men's Grooming Day! My question for you is this:  Do you take good care of your skin?  I'm not just referring to the skin on your face, but the skin on your body, feet, and hands as well?  What about your scalp? Your ears?? If you're saying, "not really", well then listen on.  Today I'm going to cover how we can keep all of the above in great shape and in the process you may actually look years younger.  So listen on.   I've been a makeup artist since I was in my teens and I've been studying skincare since then as well.   I've also studied under the best skin technicians and skincare companies like Estee Lauder's Clinique Brand, MAC and Bobbi Brown.   There's so many ways we can easily take good care of the largest organ in our bodies -- our skin.  First is to know what your skin type is.  There are 5 main skin types:  Normal, Dry, O

  • LDG EP#032 - Self-Promote - Raleigh Pinskey - Queen of Public Relations

    30/05/2017 Duration: 35min

    Way back in 1996 I went to a Women's Business Conference in Newport Beach, CA.  It was my first Women in Business conference".  I was so excited, I had never been to a women's business conference before.  I didn't know what to expect.  When I pulled up to the parking lot of the conference center, my immediate reaction (from being an introvert) was to turn around and forget about going to the conference.  My anxiety was kicking in high gear and I didn't want to deal with meeting lots of new people. (I knew what my negative self talk was doing to me so I made a quick conscious decision to immediately dismiss those thoughts and replace them with positive ones).  Finally, I mustered up my confidence and walked into the building.  The first ballroom I walked into Raleigh Pinskey who was on stage speaking about promoting yourself and your business.   Raleigh immediately caught my attention.  She was discussing her at the time was her newest book release "101 Ways to Promote Yourself -- Tricks of the Trade for Takin

  • LDG EP#028 - Bickley Rivera - Queen of the Steel Pan Drums

    17/04/2017 Duration: 33min

    A few weeks ago I attended our local radio station WMNF 88.5's benefit - Karbbyan Kruze Music Festival hosted by Angela B. at Skippers Smokehouse and saw some amazing, talented and fun performers throughout the day. When Bickley Rivera and Island Chill band came out to play, I was immediately enthralled with her playing on the steel drums and the percussion and groove of the band they were so much fun to listen to.  I couldn't stop moving to the music.  I had a great chance to meet her and see if she would be a guest on the sow and she agreed.  So, today's episode you will meet Bickley Rivera, the high priestess of steel drums.  About Bickley: Bickley Rivera began her recording career in 1985 and branched into the Latin and Caribbean genre when she and her husband, Nelson, formed the group "Cuba Libre" in 1992, where she was keyboardist and lead singer. They originated and produced "Caribbean Madness", the only Caribbean Riverboat Cruise series on the Connecticut River, which sold out for 5 seasons. She trans

  • LDG EP#027 JoAnne Jensen - Life on The Race Track

    11/04/2017 Duration: 19min

    I love cars, the faster the better.  I've been blessed to be able to attend the Firestone Grand Prix which is held annually here in streets of downtown St. Petersburg, FL.  They actually turn the streets of the city into an amazing race track where the Formula 1 cars race around the track for a full weekend and drive for the grand prize.  It's such a fun event.  If you ever have a chance to attend, it's a must see.  It's held in the month of March.   It just so happened that I met JoAnne Jensen on the first day of the races.  JoAnne is our guest today. JoAnne tells us how she got into the motorsports business and how she rose up the ranks in a predominately male industry (and how you too can get involved in the business).       JoAnne Jensen became involved in Motorsports in 1981 as a volunteer Marshall - a flagger, you know, the ones wearing the white suits on the corners.  It has been her good fortune to work with Formula 1, The World Endurance Cup, NASCAR, Indy Car and its earlier predecessor groups.    Sh

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