Behind the Spotlight with Sean Hurwitz

Sean playing with Smash Mouth in Raleigh NC. Photo Credit: popdeflators@gmail.com
Sean Hurwitz is a professional musician currently on tour with Enrique Iglesias.  Catching up with a touring musician is often hard with their busy schedules, but we were lucky enough to chat with Sean on a few occasions, he later finished up the interview about 4am  one morning after a show in Mexico as the band waited to board a flight to New York, now that's dedication! FTSM: Tell us a little about yourself Sean Hurwitz: I was born in Israel to American parents and I have 3 younger brothers. My entire family is still there. Trying to follow my dream to be a musician, I left Israel when I was 23 in search of a better location for that dream to come to fruition. Los Angeles has been my home ever since. I met my wife in 2011 and we got married in October 2015. FTSM: How long have you been playing? Sean: I picked up Keys in my early childhood, but moved to guitar when I was around 13. Watching my parents both play guitar at home, it was an instrument I felt very comfortable with. My father showed me some chords and the rest is history. FTSM: Who are you currently playing with? Sean: I am currently touring with Enrique Iglesias. I’ve been with him since August 2015. I also do many smaller projects with artists in LA, but Enrique is my main touring gig. I’m very lucky to be traveling the world with him.
Photo Credit: Kan Hernandez De Leon
FTSM: What other artists have you worked with? Sean: I’ve been fortunate enough throughout the years to share the stage and studio with Smash Mouth, Gin Blossoms, Judith Hill, Anna Nalick, Chris Wallace, Ferras, Jordy Towers, Laze & Royal and many others. If I had to guess, I’d say I’ve played in probably close to 100 bands throughout my years in LA alone. FTSM: Who’s your biggest inspiration? Sean: This is a tough question. If you mean musically, I’d have to say musicians like Eric Clapton, Richie Sambora, Pink Floyd and many other guitarists that played melodically rather than fast notes. I’m a melodic player, and I believe I got it from listening to these guys. Now, on a business level…turning this passion for playing guitar into a career…I’ve had so many GREAT mentors and friends on my path. A few main ones from Israel were Avi Tal, Shuli Oded, Gershon wolf…and since I moved to LA, I’d have to say Randy Cooke (Legendary drummer) , Eddie Caipo (Audio engineer to the stars) and many more I owe my career to…but those two stand out in my mind as THE guys who believed in me and helped me get to where I am today (and where I will be tomorrow). FTSM: What’s your favorite part of your current gig? Sean: I’d have to say that my favorite part about working with Enrique and his amazing team is traveling the world. My wife will be the first to tell you, I don’t necessarily explore the places I go to. Remember, I’m working haha. Sometimes there just isn’t time to go explore. But I have to say, this gig has taken me SO many places! Places I’d never thought I’d be…ESPECIALLY as an Israeli. Places like Lebanon, Dubai, Azerbaijan. It’s really crazy how many people love my boss worldwide. Lucky me! FTSM: What is the most challenging part of being on the road? Sean: There are two hard things about the road, and it’s not just me…I see it with everyone out here.
  1. The insane hours.
  2. Being away from my wife and our pets But alas, it is my job and I love it. I wouldn’t change it for anything.
  FTSM: What’s something you wish fans understood about band members? Sean: That’s a great question. I guess it really depends on what gig or what band you are talking about. But in general, I guess I wish they understood that as much as we’d LIKE to be available to each and every one of them (and I try, believe me)…sometimes, we just don’t have the time to chat on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook etc. Some fans get it, some take it very personally. It’s not personal, we’re just busy working. Many of us have studios and other gigs we play at home. Even on the road, we keep very busy. So I urge the fans to continue to reach out (@SeanHMusic on Instagram, Twitter and seanhmusic.com) and not take it personally if we can’t talk to them at that moment. FTSM:  Where is the one venue you’ve always dreamed of playing? Sean: I think I’ve been lucky enough to play some INCREDIBLE venues around the world. I guess a venue that would symbolize another level of success for me, would be to play “Park HaYarkon” in Israel. It holds about 50-60K. I’d love to play that one as well as Wembley Stadium.
Sean performing at Red Rocks.
Photo Credit: CandaceHorgan.net
FTSM: What do you consider the biggest moment of your career until this point? Sean: Haha…I’m still working on it. I’ll let you know when I reach it!  But I guess one amazing experience, was going back and playing 2 sold out shows with Enrique in Israel in 2015. Having my family there to watch it and (hopefully) be proud of their son, who left home and his country to chase a dream. FTSM: Name 3 things you always have with you Sean: My phone, my wallet & my wedding ring. FTSM: Who are you currently listening to? Sean: I am a big “Faith No More” fan. What I didn’t realize, was that they had a 2015 album called “Sol Invictous”. A friend recently turned me onto it. Other than that, just listening to some Spotify Funk mixes and Country music on 105.1FM in LA FTSM: Name 3 artists you’d love to play with? Sean: Foo Fighters, Foo Fighters, Foo Fighters…get where I’m going with this? Haha… What can I say, they seem like a great bunch of guys and I love their music. It would be an honor to share the stage with them! FTSM: What would surprise fans most to learn about you? Sean:
  • I left school when I was 16 and then studied Sound Engineering for 2 years.
  • I was a Stage/Backline Guitar tech as well as a FOH and Monitor Engineer for years and years in Israel. I had a great career going before I left it all to try my luck with music in the US.
  • I am a cat person, but I do love our dog Bran as well.
  • My wife and I met on an Internet Dating website.
  • I don’t eat ANY condiments or dressings…so when I eat my green salad, I eat it with nothing on it…plain. And I eat so much of it, that if you know me long enough, you’ll see me just grab it with my hands. The fork doesn’t work well for the amount of greens I eat.
I think my wife would have MANY more “surprising facts” to share, but she’s asleep right now haha FTSM: Last, but not least what’s your favorite song? Sean: Although there are many to be considered, Bonnie Raitt’s version of “I Can’t Make You Love Me” has always had a special place in my heart. The way it was produced, the musicianship, her voice on it….brrrrrrrr….makes me shiver! From the Scene Media wants to thank Sean for taking the time to chat with us. We had a wonderful time getting to know you. Please make sure to go follow @SeanHMusic on all your favorite social media sites, head on over to www.seanhmusic.com for more on this incredible artist, and if you get a chance catch him on his current tour with Enrique Iglesias. It's definitely one you don't want to miss out on.
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