CL042: Latin music producer Tony Succar on leadership, work ethic and 360 filming

In this episode of The Creative Life Podcast I talk with Tony Succar who was born into a family of talented musicians in Lima, Peru before moving to Miami, Florida when he was just two years old. Growing up in a household imbued with rhythm it was no surprise that at the tender age of 13, Tony began his own career as a musician, initially starting on piano before moving to percussion. Since then he has worked with some of the greats of Latin music including Arturo Sandoval, Nestor Torres and Tito Puente Jr. You could say that Tony Succar lives a creative and polyrhythmic life, being the President of his own entertainment company as well as a bandleader, percussionist, producer, composer and arranger. His latest project Unity features more than 100 musicians and gives a Latin spin to the music of Michael Jackson.

Tony talks about the development of his project “Unity: The Latin Tribute To Michael Jackson album. He tells us about his mentors and teachers and how he fell in love with percussion. He also shares with us about him being a competitive person and having music as his passion and as his life.

“Talent is something that many people will have, but what’s gonna separate you from the rest is your work ethic.”

– Tony Succar

Tony Succar Show Notes:

  • Luis Conte (3:49)
  • The history of the Cajon (4:56)
  • Real deal competition (7:33)
  • The leadership skills Tony learned from soccer (12:52)
  • The role of the band leader (20:34)
  • Staying creative on the road (22:39)
  • The importance of creative work ethic (24:17)
  • Caring about your health (25:35)

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