Robert “Sput” Searight
Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Erykah Badu, Timbaland, Justin Timberlake: All have called upon the Dallas-rooted drummer Robert “Sput” Searight, a virtuoso with otherworldly dynamic control and a sense of groove that can safely be termed miraculous. Searight’s c.v. started early: He was still a teenager when he helped to architect the game-changing gospel choir God’s Property and engaged in landmark collaborations with Kirk Franklin. But it was during a marathon tenure with modern fusion heroes Snarky Puppy that his cult really began to form, and chants of “SPUUUTTT” became un-missable. His funk collective Ghost-Note, featuring the enigmatic bass monster MonoNeon, adds a welcome element of Zappa-esque artiness to his wide-ranging albeit groove-focused mission.