Episode 91

Sex, Drums and Rock n Roll with Kenny Aronoff | Win the Day™ podcast
June 14, 2022
We interview iconic musician Kenny Aronoff. Kenny's tracks have sold 300M+ units with 1,300 of them certified Platinum or Diamond by the RIAA.
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In this episode of Win the Day:

Our guest today is one of the world’s most influential musicians, Kenny Aronoff.

Kenny has played on more than 60 Grammy-nominated or awarded recordings, totalling sales of more than 300 million units. In addition, more than 1,300 of the tracks Kenny has contributed to have been certified as Gold, Platinum, or Diamond by the RIAA.

He’s been named one of the greatest drummers of all time by Rolling Stone magazine, and the list of artists he’s worked with on the road or in the studio is a who’s who of the music scene, including:

John Mellencamp, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Tom Petty, Sting, The Smashing Pumpkins, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Bob Seger, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Dave Grohl, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Beyonce, Santana, Celine Dion, Lenny Kravitz, and many others.

Kenny’s winning approach to drumming and to life has given him the ability to stay successful for four decades in one of the most difficult industries in the world. If that resume wasn’t enough, he’s also author of the book Sex, Drums, Rock 'n' Roll and an inspirational speaker.

In this episode, we’ll go through:

  • How Kenny made it to the top of the music biz
  • The craziest moments from his life on the road
  • The secrets of music composition, and
  • The mindset it takes to stay at the highest level.

Let’s WIN THE DAY with Kenny Aronoff!


0:15 About Kenny Aronoff

2:20 Power of music

4:45 Jack & Diane

6:22 Role of the drummer

7:35 Escaping the vices (drugs, alcohol, etc.)

13:58 Mindset for success

21:55 Handling creative differences

25:02 10 mistakes -- and how to fix them

25:30 How to create a #1 single (radio hit)

28:48 What the best do differently

36:35 When to give up on your dreams

44:05 How to learn the drums as quickly as possible

49:52 Best day affirmation

52:35 Rocket Round


Resources / links mentioned:

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⚡ Kenny Aronoff’s website

📝 Kenny Aronoff’s Facebook

📷 Kenny Aronoff’s Instagram

🌎 Kenny Aronoff’s Twitter

📚 ‘Sex, Drums, Rock 'n' Roll!: The Hardest Hitting Man in Show Business Paperback’ by Kenny Aronoff

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Inspiring quotes in this episode:
  • “Don't die with the music still in you.” — Wayne Dyer
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