"Swagism was recorded in the same way the band developed: start with the base and leave the destination wide open. With a growing cast of players bringing fresh new arrangements of sound, Nate and Sput brought in some friends, further altering the end game. Raja Kassis, Prudence the Auset Sneed, Kamasi Washington, Brandon ‘Taz’ Neiderauer, Nigel Hall, Bob Lanzetti, Alvin Ford Jr, Jay Jennings, Nick Werth, Bobby Ray Sparks, Phil Lassiter and many more added their incredible flourish to the album, rounding out a document that captures the entire Ghost-Note experience, tying everything together in the same way it evolved – as a family, as a multi-cultural band of humans that fully embraces the time they spend together and their common goal, complete with reflection on the times we live in. This is Ghost-Note."
Band Members: Robert Sput Searight, Nate Werth, Anthony “AJ” Brown, Sylvester Uzoma Onyejiaka II, Dywane “MonoNeon” Thomas Jr., Jonathan Mones, Michael Jelani Brooks, Xavier Taplin
Guests: Alvin Ford Jr., Michael Palma, Nick “Galaxe” Werth, Bob Lanzetti, Ben Burget, Chris Payton, Donny Domino, Mark Lettieri, Raja Kassis, Jay Jennings
Featured Artists: Nigel Hall, Bobby Ray Sparks, Justin Stanton, Phil Lassiter, Karl Denson, Weedie Braimah, Brandon “TAZ” Niederauer, So So Topic, Kamasi Washington, Prudence TheAuset Sneed, Justin Stanton
Ghost-Note’s debut record, Fortified, not only showcases Searight and Nate Werth’s unique duo approach to rhythm, but it also highlights a phenomenal community of Dallas musicians. Fortified includes features by Shaun Martin, N'Dambi, Mark Lettieri, Caleb McCampbell, Jason “JT” Thomas, RSVP, and Nick Werth, and guest appearances by Cleon Edwards, Taron Lockett, Marcelo Woloski, Wes Stephenson, Bob Lanzetti, A.J. Brown, and Sylvester Onyejiaka.
What started out as a concept record quickly blossomed into a new chapter for Robert “Sput” Searight and Nate Werth, with the addition of a live band. Members include Nick Werth on the Xylosynth, an instrument that combines the technologies of MPC’s, samplers, and synthesizers, Sylvester Onyejiaka on the flute, tenor, and baritone sax, and A.J. Brown on bass. Together, these musicians fuse worlds of percussion with neck breaking and booty shaking rhythms, creating an explosive pulse and a night of energetic, unforgettable musical madness.
Grammy Award winning artists Robert "Sput" Searight and Nate Werth take drums and percussion out of the shadows and into the spotlight with their new project, Ghost-Note. World renown for their rhythmic communication with international sensation Snarky Puppy, this dynamic duo expands their rhythmical voice into percussive melodies, through innovative grooves and captivating artistry. This is music that takes listeners on a mind-blowing rhythmical journey, inspired by the influences of James Brown, J Dilla, and the Beastie Boys, all the way to folkloric West African, Afro-Cuban, and Brazilian samba grooves. Ghost-Note is an interactive drum movement like you’ve never seen before. It is a drumming declaration and celebration of percussion in all its forms.