Karl has been described as having a sense of where and how his instrument can fill a wide range of roles in a song. To accomplish this, he sometimes uses unorthodox techniques to produce interesting background textures, along with alternate tunings, echoes, wahs, and other effects.
A bassist's bassist, Sean is very active in the Northwest and national music scenes, performing with various groups and recording on session dates as availability allows. An Emmy award winner, bandleader, and vocalist, in addition to his favored role as bass player, he has performed at high profile venues and festivals around the country and appeared on stages as for as Asia and Europe. Sean currently mans the helm of Fairchild Sound, an award-winning production studio and performance venture, and leads the eclectic electro-acoustic ensemble Combinator from his home studio in the Seattle area.
born and raised in Marysville, Washington, started playing drums at the ripe-old-age age of 3. He created his first “drum set” himself using pots, pans and pillows. And his “drumsticks” where truly sticks (yes, small braches from trees!). To Josh’s parents, it was quite apparent indeed that Josh really wanted to play the drums, so they purchased him a real drum set. (And real drumsticks, too. Fortunately.) With supportive parents, a new drum set, and drive to spare, growing up Josh played drums in local churches and won multiple awards while in his school band. His passion for music and drums never wavered, so he headed off to Los Angeles to learn from the best, with the dream of becoming a professional drummer.
The Academic Years – Perfecting His Craft
In 2005, Josh moved to Los Angeles, California to study music at Musicians Institute (MI). While at MI, he furthered his craft learning from some of the best drummers in the business. He also studied privately with three-time, world champion snare drum player Rob Carson; jazz legend Chuck Flores of the Woody Hermon Band; and Austrian prodigy Bernard Galane. During this time he practiced relentlessly. After graduating from MI in 2007, Josh studied privately for two years with Chris Coleman ofPrince, Chaka Kahn, Stevie Wonder, and New Kids on the Block.
The Los Angeles Years – Rock, Jazz, Reggae, Gospel, and Hip Hop
After graduating from MI, Josh played with multiple bands and artists in Los Angeles. In 2007 he toured with hard rock bandCitizen Rising, played with Las Vegas reggae band Crossfire and jazz fusion guitarist Lee Wanner, with whom he was able to play the legendary jazz club The Baked Potato. In 2008 and 2009 Josh played with gospel worship group Dane Patao and Victorious, a band that included top-tier musicians Lance Tolbert of Mariah Carey, Devon Johnson of Chante Moore, and Anthony Crawford of Allen Holdsworth. At the end of 2008, Victorious played the Lahaina Civic Center in Hawaii. It was a milestone event, being the first major worship concert to take place in Hawaii. During this time Josh also became a go-to drummer for many L.A. churches and also was able to share the stage with Chante Moore. Towards the end of 2010 he was the drummer for European hip hop artist Gleam Joel, gigging extensively throughout Los Angeles.
Back to Seattle – Rock, Gospel, Blues, and Country
In 2011, Josh moved back to Washington State and started working the Seattle music scene. In mid 2011, he toured the west coast and music festivals with rock band Phantoms. During this time he also played drums for The City Church and Northshore Christian's worship ministries. At the close of 2012, Josh joined the Tony Bridges Band, a high-energy country-rock band that plays to packed houses at casinos throughout Washington. His performance with Tony Bridges helped Josh to land the local drum throne for Season 5 American Idol winner Taylor Hicks when he played The Little Creek Casino in 2014. Also in 2014, Josh played local Seattle venues for Seattle R&B artist Mark Shirtz. In the latter part of 2014 he took up the drum throne with smooth jazz artist Lance Randall and his band the Nu Jazz Playas who he played with throughout 2014-2016. In 2017 Josh jumped on the Miller Campbell gig, a country artist in the Northwest