Podcast Episode

Will Clements – Don’t Miss Me [EP.15]

Will Clements on the Rhythm Changes Podcast

On the Rhythm Changes Podcast, Will Clements and I discuss three classic musician problems: being too hard on yourself, work-time balance, and avoiding burnout.

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Rhythm Changes Podcast topics

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  • Work-time balancing with artistic and professional pursuits
  • Whether or not Will (our guest, to avoid more confusion!) is an extravert or introvert
  • Reflecting on Will’s excellent cohort and experience at Capilano University in the late 2010s
  • The struggle to find your identity at music school in your youth
  • How Will personally developed as he learned arranging
  • Will’s penchant for project managing and how being a filmmaker as a kid informed him
  • What he aims to accomplish as an educator
  • The Alvin Brendan love-fest including his duo with Amber Tsang at the Fort Langley Jazz Festival

“[Alvin Brendan is] like my jazz brother or jazz husband”

-Will Clements
  • Being too hard on yourself
  • What makes a smooth and enjoyable restaurant jazz gig, as learned by Will and Alvin at Piva Restaurant from around 2019-2020
  • Playing turnarounds at the end of jazz standards
  • Getting advice vs. school of hard knocks, and Will and I discuss the areas where we’ve grown most and needed advice
  • Two things I always do for my musician-collaborators to have a better experience working with me
  • What makes a good wedding gig, and one of Will’s favourite party gig stories from a wedding that he played
  • Burnout as an artist and how to keep the creative side of your life active, no matter what

Top highlight

My top moment was when I asked Will about one of my biggest mentors — who played an even bigger role in Will’s life. Stick around for that!

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By Will Chernoff

William Ross Chernoff—known as Will to friends and colleagues—is a jazz musician, podcaster, YouTuber, and writer. He records and performs under his own name, William Chernoff.