Today's episode of The Pocket is with Sean Rickman. I know him from a local watering hole here in Gaithersburg, MD. Back in the day my bass player friend Mike invited me to come check out his new project. Admittedly, I was curious as to why Mike didn't ask me to be the drummer. It wasn't long before I realized why. Enter Sean Rickman.
Rickman is multi instrumentalist from Washington, DC. known for his work with Shawn Lane, Garaj Mahal, Dapp Theory, Steve Coleman, Maxwell, Meshell Ndegeocello, Blacksheep, Phil Upchurch (his father), David Fiucynski & Screaming Headless Torsos, Kai Eckhardt, Anthony Tidd's Quite Sane, K'Alyn, Angela Bofill and George Duke. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
In this episode we talk about:
- what Sean had for breakfast
- what does it mean to start playing drums at age 1?
- Rickman's connection to Dennis Chambers
- how to be a musical drummer
- Sean's thoughts on rudiments
- the importance of "time" as it relates to progress in your journey and playing
- drumming as a sport
- what happens when sponsorship's go wrong
- minimalism as it relates to music and life
Find out more about Sean Rickman here:
Latest Sean Rickman Music:
- Steve Coleman Live At The Village Vanguard Vol. I The Embedded Sets
And damn just for fun, you got to check this s#@! out...
Here he is playing with the band Garaj Mahal. I don't need to tell you but at 5:54 he plays a drum solo fit for any arena gig BUT with the dynamics of a ninja. Simply. Incredible.