As I stated in one of my previous interviews, when we listen to our favorite artist, we don’t always think about the behind the scenes people. Again they are just as important as the bands we see. Another individual is that lonely guy behind the mic, that no one sees. Some spend their whole day listening to him, but never talk to him. That man is the DJ, (the proper name today is radio personality). I thought it would be interesting to hear the opinions of the all mighty Disc Jockey! Sean Patrick has been on the air for 20 years this year and still going strong. If you have ever met or taken the time to talk to him about music. This guy knows his crap! And he’s usually spot on with his opinions. I’ve had few interesting conversations about music with him. Sean is a down to earth guy with a great ear for music. And is a true supportor of new music. He is on WMGM 103.7 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday. He also hosts the Midnight ball on Saturday nights from midnight until 2:00 am. You can stream live at 1037wmgm.com. Check him out!
Here is my interview with the great Sean Patrick!
Rocker Fabbs: Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview. I’m so happy to highlight you!
Sean Patrick: Thanks for having me.
RF: Can you tell my readers a little about yourself? Where are you from, family, first music industry job you had, etc…
SP: I grew up in South Jersey, just outside of Millville, NJ. Great parents, loving home. Graduated in 1994 with no true direction what I wanted to do with my life. Stumbled into radio by becoming friends with someone I worked with at a local Boscovs that was friends with someone I radio. Shortly afterwards I took a part time job at a local radio group in Atlantic City as part as the Promotion Crew setting up events.
RF: Most memorable moment of an artist you’ve met or your career?
SP: My meetings with Def Leppard are always a highlight. The most recent was with Rick Allen in studio. But, I could list so many… interviewing Rob Zombie in person. Dinner with Lzzy Hale. Hanging on a tour bus with David Draiman during a vicious thunderstorm. Slash. I’ll stop
RF: I know you probably have gone to 1000’s of concerts over the years. What was your first concert? How did you feel at your first concert? What concert has stood out to you? Is there someone you didn’t get to see that you wish you had?
SP: Bon Jovi / Cinderella Philly Spectrum In 1987. Everything was larger than life. Cinderella was loud. JBJ flying over the crowd. Got to relive it two weeks later. Btw, I was 10. Leppard shows always stand out, but the greatest performance I ever witnessed in person was Stone Temple Pilots at the Rolling Rock Town Fair In 2001. The band was perfect and Scott Weiland owned 50,000+. I’ll always wish I’d seen Led Zeppelin. Many times I had a chance to see Chris Cornell solo and passed. Dumb! Floyd in ‘94. Stones in ‘96. Bowie in ‘04. Go to the shows. You never know what might happen.
RF: Def Leppard is your favorite band. What is it about them that outshines other bands for you?
SP: 7 years old. I saw Photograph on MTV. It changed everything for me. It takes me back to being a kid waiting and watching Pyromania and Hysteria videos. Going to shows at such a young age. Their music just puts me in a good mood. I’ve followed them for 36 years. They’re like family to me.
RF: I’m sure you were thrilled they finally got inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And I know you had your ticket for the ceremony. What is your opinion of the Hall of Fame? Do you think it’s important that artists get inducted? Do you think they let the wrong artists in and not consider ones that deserve it?
SP: I used to be anti RnR HOF simply because Leppard and a hand full of other bands weren’t in. I think they’re are some artists that don’t belong and others that do. I think influence and longevity should be the main criteria for being inducted. It’s a music hall of fame so the argument that rap, etc., don’t belong falls on deaf ears with me. I visited the Hall in 2016 and the music history in that building is tremendous. It gave me a new appreciation for the institution.
RF: What was it like for you being there and seeing Def Leppard inducted?
SP: Emotional. Not that it would have change my opinion of the band if they weren’t inducted. It was long overdue and much deserved in my opinion. As I watched the video before Brian May inducted them, it was like watching the soundtrack of my youth. I discovered them at 7. Waiting for their videos. Running home to see the Women premiere in ‘87. Where I was when I found out Steve Clark died. Let’s Get Rocked Premiere in ‘92 and so on. I felt proud like it was a family member being honored. They are like family to me. I know where I was, what I was doing when, throughout their career. My birthday in ‘96 buying Slang when it came out. Going to the X release party in ‘02. My mom spying on me as I pretend to be them when their videos came on or when I played their records. All of that came rushing back during the evening. A very important part of my life.
RF: What currant bands to you feel will have a long career life?
SP: In rock that’s tough. Record labels don’t let bands develop anymore. I remember reading an article that Joe Elliott and Bono we’re having a conversation if Leppard and U2 came up now they might not have made it to their third records, which were the ones that really broke both bands. I guess Greta Van Fleet has a chance. They’re young and have a buzz surrounding them. I don’t have confidence in many others.
RF: I feel that the artist of today don’t have to really try as hard as the bands of years ago. Because of Social Media, all they need is a video camera and go on YouTube. What is your opinion of the music of today? Is it getting worse, because of the level of talent? Better than years ago?
SP: Different industry now. There’s plenty of talent out there but it’s not always heard or given a chance. Social Media is a great tool for young bands that don’t always have the opportunity to get AirPlay. Back in the day, an artist could develop a sound and a following if it didn’t happen immediately. Record labels, in my opinion, are looking for the next big single not full records.
RF: As of this year, you are celebrating 20 years in radio. Congrats!! What made you get into this field? Could you imagine doing anything else?
SP: Fell into it. Didn’t go to school for it but once I got in I learned everything I could and fell in love with it. Soaked everything up like a sponge. I read and studied rock music since I was a kid, so a lot of it came easy to me.
RF: Back in the day, radio and MTV, (when videos were a thing), were very important to a band. But with Spotify, and people getting music other ways, sometimes they don’t even know who sings the song. Do you feel that radio is still an important factor?
SP: Absolutely. Radio is still a viable way to discover a new band. But social media is a great way too and it can all work together. Social media is an excellent tool for radio as well. Good radio will never die IMO.
RF: Anything else you’d like to share?
SP: Keep listening to music. Keep discovering new bands and artists. Go to live shows. Listen to radio. Watch videos. Support local artists. Stream me @ 1037wmgm.com and on Alexa!!!!
Thanks again to Sean Patrick for taking the time to speak with me. Please check him out on WMGM. Keep rocking peeps!!