John Blackwell

095 – Prince’s John Blackwell tells all

In this podcast I talk to legendary drummer, John Blackwell who is best known for his powerful grooves behind the conic star, Prince for 12 years.  Blackwell has also performed with Billy Eckstine, Cameo, Pattie LaBelle, Justin Timberlake, Crystal Kay, and P Diddy.  In addition to his work with various artists, John frequently performs at clinics and seminars around the world and has released two DVDs: “John Blackwell – Technique Grooving and Showmanship” and “John Blackwell – Master Series

“Never say never, because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.” – Michael Jordan (Tweet this)

In this podcast you’ll hear John Blackwell talk about:

  • How he started playing drums
  • Having perfect pitch
  • Hearing in “color”
  • His days at Berklee
  • Landing the gig with Cameo
  • Jamming with Prince and how he got the Prince gig
  • His approach to playing
  • Advice for drummers
  • Much much more

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John Blackwell Plays:

Tama Drums
Zildjian Cymbals
Remo Drumheads