Sean never played a single note of music until, just before his 20th birthday, he was given an electric guitar through a confluence of synchronistic events. He immediately bought a book, “How To Play Rock And Roll Guitar.” He read the book and began practicing diligently.
Sean learned music theory, harmony, and composition from Oscar Castro Neves, a renowned Brazilian guitarist and composer who, along with Antônio Carlos Jobim, is considered a founding figure of the Bossa Nova style. Then Sean learned the art of advanced rhythm and lead guitar pyrotechnics from Carl Verheyen, a member of the group Supertramp.
One morning he woke up from a dream where a little boy looked up at him and said, “Reach up to the glorious sky and step into the wind.” He used that line to write his first poem. He then put music to the poem and completed his first song, “Wild Future.” He had never sung but decided to give it a try. He then searched for a drummer and bass player and was soon playing all the hottest clubs as the singer, songwriter, and guitarist of the band Deputy Zero.
Sean later taught himself to play the piano by transferring his knowledge of music theory and composition to the piano. He began teaching, invented piano tablature, and became one of Santa Monica’s most sought-after music teachers.