Keith Carlock

237 – Keith Carlock: Locked in

Keith Carlock has been the backbone of a long list of groups and artists like Steely Dan, John Mayer, Sting, Wayne Krantz and many more. What’s equally as impressive as his resume is his sound. You don’t have to hear much of Keith’s playing to realize he’s undoubtedly unique and identifiable no matter the genre. Skillfully precise yet spontaneously loose, Carlock is always creating something all his own while simultaneously serving the music like no other.

Keith Carlock talks about:

  • How he got into playing drums
  • Studying under Ed Soph
  • The move to NYC
  • Getting the Wayne Krantz gig
  • How the Wayne Krantz gig lead to Steely Dan
  • John Mayer
  • Why he loves the Steely Dan gig
  • Approaches to phrasing
  • Practice advice
  • His signature “lick” <– I hate calling it that, but that’s the best way I can describe it. Sorry, Keith. 🙁
  • much more

Resources / People / Links mentioned:

Keith Carlock plays:

  • Gretsch Drums
  • Vic Firth Sticks
  • Evans Drumheads
  • Zildjian Cymbals
  • DW Hardware
  • Canopus Accessories
  • LP Percussion
  • Protection Racket
  • Earthworks Microphones

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