Paul Wertico

046 – Paul Wertico: How to be the best version of yourself

In this podcast I interviewed drummer and 7-time Grammy Award winner, Paul Wertico. Paul is best known for his 18 years that he spent with Pat Metheny and has also played with hundreds of other artist throughout his storied career. Born in Chicago, Illinois on January 5, 1953, Paul Wertico started playing drums at the age of 12 and became a professional by the age of 15. Self-taught on the drumset, he developed his unique musical concept by listening not only to jazz and rock, but to a variety of musical styles from all over the world. He then applied elements of these styles to his drumming in a melodic, as well as a rhythmic fashion. His playing has been compared to that of “an Impressionist painter”, while he has also been described as “an inspired madman” and “a restless innovator”. (

“You can’t have a million dollar dream with a minimum wage work ethic.” – Zig Ziglar (Tweet this)

In this podcast you’ll hear Paul Wertico talk about:

  • How he got started with drums
  • His approach to playing different gigs
  • How he got the Pat Metheny
  • Advice on practicing
  • Insights into getting comfortable in your own “skin”
  • Much much more.

Resources and Links Mentioned:

Paul Wertico’s Website
Marbin – Loopy
Paul Wertico Drum Solo
Drum Philosophy