One of the busiest young drummers in the country, Seb Rochford has played hardcore punk, straight-ahead jazz, hip hop and drum 'n' bass.
Although Seb found his way into music through childhood piano lessons at first, by the time he was in his teens he wanted to play the drums.
The problem was, his school didn’t have a drum kit. So Seb began to learn at first on whatever bits and pieces of percussion he could find. He began with a snare drum, some tympani and a xylophone, learning simple percussion parts he could play with the school orchestra. But within three months of starting, he had to have a drum kit of his own.
Seb Rochford began listening to pop albums, to figure out what the beats were, trying to repeat them on the kit, playing along to Grace Jones and Duran Duran records...
Seb Rochford has played drums in Acoustic Ladyland, Oriole, Menlo Park, Ingrid Laubrock Quintet, and Polar Bear. He has also worked extensively with Joanna MacGregor and Andy Sheppard and co-leads the band Fulborn Teversham with Pete Wareham and has an improvising duo with Leafcutter John. He also has a solo project called Room of Katinas.
Seb also drummed for Pete Doherty, with his band Babyshambles, in the early days of the band. He drums on the first Babyshambles release, a limited edition single "Babyshambles", released on the High Society label.
Seb Rochford won the BBC Jazz Award for best newcomer in 2004, and has been nominated as best musician in 2006. He has also been nominated for the Mercury Prize in 2005 and 2007.
Recently, Seb Rochford has been working with David Byrne and Brian Eno, Corrine Bailey Rae and Herbie Hancock.