Raised in Texas in a family of musicians, he began his studies at the University of North Texas in the second half of the 1990s. Among his teachers, his greatest inspiration was Ed Soph, a great world-renowned teacher (among the others also had among his pupils people like Dave Weckl , Keith Carlock, Joel Rosenblatt and Jason Sutter) who conveyed to him what he considers the true essence of drums: The dynamics, with which he says he manages to control the emotion of the people who are listening.
Over the years he has worked with the likes of Erykah Badu, Marcus Miller, Norah Jones, Snarky Puppy, Celine Dion, Justin Timberlake, P. Diddy, Snoop Dog and Roy Hargrove.
The professor. Fletcher of “Whiplash”?
I had Ed Soph !!
He also won a Grammy at the age of 18 with his band’s debut album “God’s Property” with which he changed the face of modern gospel music.
A drummer who has always been very versatile and with great taste, he is also a keyboard player and producer.
In several interviews “Sput” has always indicated Chester Thompson, Lenny White, Mike Clark, and David Garibaldi among his favorite drummers. He also loves Dennis Chambers, John “Jabo” Starks and Clyde Stubblefield and the way Prince played drums on his records.
He collaborates regularly with Larnell Lewis, with whom he often exchanges role in Snarky Puppy and almost never uses written parts. He is not a great lover of electronics applied to drums and instead seeks to reproduce particular sounds using various tricks but remaining always when possible on acoustics.
What often seems electronic (especially in Snarky Puppies, where it has more creative and decision-making power) are modified acoustic instruments and sampled.
He claims not to be a big fan of obsessive daily practice and not to practice regularly, especially when he is on tour, but to listen to a lot of music, especially Brazilian and Afro-Cuban music. Listen and only when you return home do you practice and teach.
INSTRUMENTATION BY ROBERT SEARIGHT:
He currently uses a Tama Star Walnut kit combined with a 14 × 9 baritone snare drum and a 10 × 5.5 steel snare drum, Meinl plates, and Evans leathers.
RECOMMENDED DISCOGRAPHY (BY HIM):
Bring Us the Bright – Snarky Puppy