Stephen Chopek surprised me when he said that his holy rock trinity of drum influences include Tommy Lee, Dave Grohl and John Bonham. Not that he's not dead on when it comes to rock greats but he studied with jazz percussionist Leon Parker and toured with John Mayer which might lead you to believe that his musical inspiration fully derived from elsewhere - definitely not that case. Very versatile and well rounded as a musician, Stephen is not a Memphis native but now resides here and has been added to the long list of incredible musicians who make music here in Mtown. His new 45 RPM release includes Side A "Radio Caroline" and Side B "The Ballad of Cash and Dean" partially inspired by his move to Memphis. His original release is fully Memphis Made with the help of some of this city's finest - engineered by Harry Koniditsiotis at 5 & Dime Recording; mixed by Doug Easley (of the Easley McCain team) at New School Media; and mastered for vinyl by Jeff Powell at the legendary Sam Phillips Recording Service. I enjoyed getting to know Stephen and you can do the same by having a listen to my two-part interview with Stephen below. You can stream and pick up his tunes below and visit Stephenchopek.com to learn more about this music great!
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