Los Angeles-based composer, producer and saxophonist Randy Gist joins Jake and I in the virtual studio for this very special episode. Randy explains what it’s like to be a black man in this world, the difficulties he faces, the black lives matter movement and more. This show is full of powerful truths and perspective from a very intelligent and cool guy!


Professional musician, bassist, composer, founder of My Music Masterclass & sleep-deprived over-achiever.


Professional guitarist, pianist, director of media at My Music Masterclass, coffee snob & social media cynic.


Randy Gist is a Los Angeles-based composer, producer, saxophonist, sound designer, orchestrator and DJ. He has numerous film credits ("Max Steel", "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles", "Despicable me 2", "War Dogs", "Evil Dead", etc.) and has performed with The Jonas Brothers, John Legend, Kesha, Ricky Martin and many more.

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  • When I was in elementary school I noticed that there was a long list of possible answers to the race questions, when one was asked to self-identify.

    On the forms, if you were white you had to reference your European ancestry. You could not be white and Jewish. If you were Spanish, Asian or African, you had to reference a source country or region.

    Now, simple forms want you to identify as black, white, Hispanic or Asian. On the more complex forms you drill down only if you are not white.

    All of this reflects the political changes since the 60’s.

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