My drumming has been included on Grammy nominated recordings as well as 8 Modern Drummer features. I have drummed for Sugarland, The Aquarium Rescue Unit, Derek Trucks, Mothers Finest, William Bell, Solomon Burke as well as Producers- John Kerzweg, Dave Pensado, Tom Allom, Matt Still, and Jerry Ragavoy.
Grammy nominated master sessions as well as receiving eight Modern Drummer features. Sean is featured in Sticks and Skins which is included in Smithsonian Library,The Grammy Museum archives, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library, The Country Music Hall of Fame and the Musicians Hall of Fame.
TV shows: The Tonite show, Martha Stuart, The View, AOL Sessions, Good Morning America, CMT Summer Fest, CMT Fanfair, AMA's, CMA's, ACM's, Grand Old Opry Live, Starsearch, and Sugarland's #1 video "Settlin".
His drumming can be heard on Television shows like: Space Ghost, Ed Edd and Eddie, Courage the dog, American Hotrod, NASCAR, NBA, CNN, Turner Classic movies.
Clients include: Jerry Ragavoy (Producer/Songwriter for Janis Joplin, Rolling Stones), Tom Allom (Producer for Judas Priest), Johnny Sandlin (Producer for Allman Brothers), Sugarland, Chuck Rainey (Bass player for Steely Dan), Wizard Jones (Keyboard player for Justin Bieber), The Aquarium Rescue Unit, Mothers Finest, Speech and Arrested Development, Derek Trucks, Javier Colon ( Winner of The Voice), Mo Pleasure (Keyboard player for Michael Jackson), Matt Still (Recording engineer for Elton John),John Kerzweg, Dave Pensado (Producer for Cristina Aguilera), Howard Tate, Oteil Burbridge, Leo Nocentelli (Songwriter/Guitar for The Neville Brothers/The Meters)
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- Jerry Ragavoy (Producer/Songwriter for Janis Joplin
- Rolling Stones)
- Tom Allom (Producer for Judas Priest)
- Johnny Sandlin (Producer for Allman Brothers)
- Chuck Rainey (Bass player for Steely Dan)
- Wizard Jones (Keyboard player for Justin Bieber)
- The Aquarium Rescue Unit
- Mothers Finest
- Speech and Arrested Development
- Derek Trucks
- Javier Colon ( Winner of The Voice)
- Mo Pleasure (Keyboard player for Michael Jackson)
- Matt Still (Recording engineer for Elton John)
- John Kerzweg
- Dave Pensado (Producer for Cristina Aguilera)
- Howard Tate
- Oteil Burbridge
- Leo Nocentelli (Songwriter/Guitar for The Neville Brothers/The Meters)
- Francine Reed (Singer for Lyle Lovett)
- Snooky Pryor
- David "Honeyboy" Edwards
- William Bell
10 Reviews - 2 Repeat ClientsEndorse Sean O'Rourke
GREAT drummer! Try him!
This guy is an amazing drummer and a pleasure to work with! He has this tight and clean, high energy style that I really love! Looking forward to working again on future projects!
Sean is a killer: an incredible player with a pocket a mile deep, and a great guy to boot. I had a lot of pretty specific ideas I wanted, and he Incorporated them all and made the whole thing better than I thought it could be. Grateful as all get-out to have Sean on my record.
Sean is just the consummate professional. Not only an incredible player (obviously), but also ready and willing to go in a different direction if I need him to--as I did here, because I wasn't as sure about the feel I wanted as I should have been going in. What a pleasure to work with. Can't wait to do more.
Sean could not have been more of a pleasure to work with. He's a ridiculously good player--chops, pocket, and overall musicality for days--and a terrific guy, to boot. I can't wait to work with him more. If you're thinking about hiring him, don't wait... he's the real deal, and you need him on your music.
Great guy, excellent work - quick, professional job with really well recorded drums, and spot on parts. What's not to like?
Sean is one of the best drummers. Thank you for playing my music. It is a great honour for me. I hope that we will play together again.
Sean was a smokin' drummer back in the '80's, and has only gotten better.
Simply one of the finest drummers working today - makes any band sound the best they've ever sounded and an incredibly nice guy to boot!
My favorite drummer to work with!!
Interview with Sean O'Rourke
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Continuing to provide great sounding drum tracks for my many clients.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. I use an analog console as my front end into digital because I feel it has a character that is yet to be unavailable without.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Make your songs sound the way you always envisioned them to sound.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The ability to bring to life a song that a client will be happy to listen to over and over without questioning whether they should have done something differently.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That anyone can do it and get Great results.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What feel, sound, and vibe are you looking for? Feel free to make requests as specific as needed to get the result you are looking for.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be confident in your work. Communicate clearly your vision. I am here to make you comfortable and get you the results you are happy with.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Confident, Finesse, Energetic, Innovative.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't be afraid to ask questions.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock, Pop, R&B, Jazz, Instrumental
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Confer with client as to what they are looking for in sound, feel and approach to their song. Receive guide track and perform drum track. Send mp3 for approval. Make changes as necessary until client is happy. Send finished drum tracks upon approval.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: The Aquarium Rescue Unit "The Calling". 4 star Modern Drummer review. Drummer / Producer Howard Tate 'Rediscovered". Grammy Nomination Drums, Produced by Jerry Ragavoy Tour Drummer for Sugarland including playing Stadiums with Kenny Chesney and many Television and video appearances. Recording Drummer for William Bell of Stax Records fame.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Over 3 decades
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Decades of experience performing in every genre with the ability to transform any song into a Master worthy product.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Allen Heath analog console, Pro tools HD.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Drum tracks for any recording application