John Wicks (drummer)

John Wicks (drummer)

John Wicks is a studio session drummer based in Los Angeles. After establishing himself as one of the most distinctive and supportive drummers in the Northwest, John Wicks has made the move south-no surprise, really, when you consider his laid-back style and its origins. "I was a Navy brat, so we moved a lot," he says. "When my dad was stationed in New Orleans, my mother took me out to Mardi Gras, and I just fell in love with that sound. My parents were also really into Ahmad Jamal, so Vernel Fournier was a big influence. I loved him, along with Levon Helm and Paul Motian" With his mother's encouragement, Wicks pursued private lessons with Dave Coleman Sr., a former Billie Holiday sideman, and attended Berklee for two years. In Boston, he took additional lessons with Joe Hunt, Alan Dawson, and a few with Fournier in New York. Wicks' instrumental voice has a definite southern drawl, just slightly behind the beat, with plenty of room between strokes. As he likes to describe it: "It's slow and relaxed the way southerners are because it's humid."

As of November 2007, John Wicks is playing live with Heather Porcaro, Money Mark of The Beastie Boys, Jessie Baylin, Skerik, Henry Gummer, punk band Soccermom, and his own project Body Heat Rising.

Major Label Recordings

*Money Mark "Brand New By Tomorrow" (Brushfire/Universal) 2007
*Donovan Frankenreiter "Snakes on a Plane" Soundtrack (New Line Cinema) 2006
*Iggy Pop w/ Teddybears "Punk Rocker" Squeak E Clean remix(Atlantic) 2006
*"Skerik's Syncopated Taint Septet" (Ropeadope/WEA) 2003


  • Henry Gummer (currently recording)
  • Heather Porcaro produced by Tony Berg (currently recording 10/07)
  • RZA of Wu Tang Clan w/ NA/SA TBR 2007-08
  • Ashton Zyer produced by David Rosa 2007
  • Donavon Frankenreiter for Jeep (To Be Aired Fall '07)
  • Soundtrack to "Where The Wild Thing Are" directed by Spike Jonze TBR '08
  • Jean Mazzei produced by Ronan Chris Murphy TBR '08
  • Whitton produced by Ronan Chris Murphy TBR '08
  • Peter Adams TBR 2008
  • Soundtrack to "Beautiful Losers" 2007
  • Soundtrack to "Adventures in Power" TBR?
  • Jessica Fichot "Le Chemin" April 2007
  • Tina Tohsakul 2007
  • Alana Sweetwater TBR '07-'08
  • Donavon Frankenreiter for "Snakes On A Plane" Soundtrack (New Line Cinema) 2006
  • Teddy Bears w/ Iggy Pop "Punk Rocker" remix by Squeak E Clean (Atlantic Records) 2006
  • Money Mark "Brand New By Tomorrow" prod. Mario Caldato Jr.(Brushfire/Universal)
  • Soccermom "Tarred, Retard and Feathered" TBR 2007
  • Heather Porcaro and The Heartstring Symphony 2007
  • Andy Coyne 2006
  • Soundtrack to The Kill Seven Surf DVD w/ Soccermom 2006
  • Skerik's Syncopated Taint Septet "Husky" (Hyena) 2006 (1 CMJ Jazz Charts)
  • Cydney Robinson demo prod. Tony Hoffer (Epic) 2005
  • Swampdweller (Freetone Records) 2005
  • Longboard Magazine DVD w/Dylan Cooper and Heather Porcaro 2005
  • Skerik's Syncopated Taint Septet (Ropeadope/WEA) 2004
  • Skip Heller"Fakebook" (Hyena) 2004
  • Spirit Tuck 2004
  • The Hit "Shermer, Illinois" (Cydonia) 2003
  • Skip Heller "The Battle in Seattle" (Jewbilee) 2003
  • Joe Doria “The Place To Be” 2003
  • Samo "Hard G Coach" (NCM East) 2001
  • Nikol Kollars "Cream Of The Drop" Seattle Hip Hop Compilation (360BPM) 2000
  • Bebop and Destruction-Heavy Machinery (My Own Planet) 1998
  • Dan Heck Trio- Go To Work! (Trio) 1998
  • Ryan Burns "This Is The Ryan Burns Trio" (Trio) 1997
  • The Marriott Jazz Quintet produced by Delfeayo Marsalis (Red Raspus) 1997
  • Robert Strauss "Children" Demo (WEA) 1997
  • Bebop and Destruction "The Day After" 1996.


    • ABC Ellen Degeneres w/ Joshua Radin 1/08
    • VH1 w/ The Greasy Beats @ The World Breakdancing Championship 2B Aired Fall '07
    • NBC "Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip" Episode 1 2006
    • Sundance Channel w/ Money Mark Live @ South By Southwest 2007.
    • MTV Japan w/ Money Mark Live @ Fuji Rock July 2007
    • MTV Japan w/ Money Mark Live @ Summer Sonic Aug. 2005
    • MTV Brazil w/ Money Mark Live @ Nokia Fest Sept. 2005
    • CMT w/ Minnie Driver May 2005
    • ABC "Last Call with Carson Daly" w/ Minnie Driver June 2005
    • TLC "That Yin Yang Thing" w/ my wife 2005


      * [ "Jazz at the Sunset Tavern," Jason West, AllAboutJazz, August 2001]
      * [ "Syncopated Taint Septet," Nils Jacobson, AllAboutJazz, July 25, 2003]

      External links

      * [ John Wicks Official Site]
      * [ John Wicks MySpace]

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