American session keyboardist, songwriter, composer and producer Chuck Kentis shares his colorful career and the wisdom he has earned from a life celebrating and making music.
Join me in this episode of Someone Gets Me — The Diverse Life of a Musician with Chuck Kentis: ▶️https://youtu.be/bwPrmphF1Jo.
Key points covered in this episode:
✔️Chuck Kentis started playing the piano at age five and has since achieved diversity in his musical genius, growing and evolving by saying yes to different opportunities throughout his lifetime. He finds his inspiration from observing things and people around him and expressing himself in what he knows and loves best — music.
✔️As an introvert, Chuck shares that he gains confidence from portraying a character while performing on the stage. He tells how it is essential to find people who support you and your craft and bravely stand for the ideas you want to share with the world throughout a musical career.
✔️Chuck remembers December 31, 1994, as one of his unforgettable performances with British rock and pop icon Rod Stewart. The Guinness Book of World Records recognized it as the largest free concert with 3.5 Million people in the audience!
✔️Being in the music business for over 40 years, Chuck has been a session keyboardist for numerous artists, a touring musician, a composer for many music production companies and recently, making video game music for Disney, producing records and scoring films and more.
✔️ In a profession that always requires creating your best, it can become personal for an artist when people reject their work. "You feel like they're rejecting you, especially when they ask for 10-15 changes. You've got to have tough skin in this business."
Chuck Kentis was born in Passaic, NJ, in 1956. At five years old, he played the piano and then percussion and trombone in grade school. He started on the flute and music composition through high school. He took classes at Jersey City State College then Mannes College of Music for theory and composition in his senior year.
Chuck started the first high school rock band as a freshman, then at age 15, began playing bars and clubs in rock bands throughout NJ, NY, CONN, RI, and MASS.
He wound up in a glam-rock band in the early 70s, sharing stages with New York Dolls and Twisted Sister (the original singer and drummer). Playing the New York rock circuit in the late 70s, he got hooked up with a good group of musicians. He began to pick up national and international tours with artists such as Nona Hendryx, Julian Lennon, Power Station, John Waite, Richard Marx, Paul Young, ABC, Micheal Bolton, and Rod Stewart, with whom he has worked with for thirty years.
Chuck composed for many music production companies such as Killer Tracks, Mega Trax, and Extreme Music. His music can also be heard in many commercials for the TV advertising company Face The Music. In addition, he scored promos for Showtime. Chuck has also been composing video game music for Disney, producing records and scoring films with partner David Palmer for the past several years.
Follow Chuck on his website: https://www.chuckkentis.com/.
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