Meet Sean Dillman —  a good friend from college who continues to inspire me!

Sean Dillman is a musician and sound mixer in the NYC area. He had been lead guitarist for the Boston bands The Lost Pilots and Cold Coffee (both formed with Hobart College classmate Noel Ventresco), and was working as a software engineer when he released his first full-length album and started performing as a solo artist.

He eventually returned to his native upstate New York where he went back to school to study Sound Design at Syracuse University. Since then, he has mixed sound for talent including Dionne Warwick and Seinfeld’s John O’Hurley, released his second album, and taught courses at Syracuse and at Utica College.

Dillman’s third full-length album – “Route 666” – will be coming out at the end of February, joining his first two albums on Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Amazon, YouTube, Iheartradio, and CD Baby

Using martinis as a metaphor, we take an intimate look into the lives of extraordinary people.

Name: Sean Dillman

Profession: Musician, Sound Mixer

  1. What stirs your passion?

The pursuit of perfection. It’s unattainable, of course, but as Vince Lombardi said, if you chase it “you can catch excellence”.

  1. What has shaken your faith

Seeing bad people rewarded for being bad people

  1. Who (dead or alive) would you like to have a martini with?  

Mick Ronson

Between his own skills, his work with Bowie and as a session and touring musician, and the times in which he lived, you know there were a million untold stories. I’m not worthy!!

  1. What’s your poison?  (The trait you most deplore in yourself?)

Putting off, avoiding, and under-prioritizing the things I enjoy most.

5.What do you see as the ultimate buzzkill?

When someone you think of as a basically decent person turns out to have deeply intolerant views

6.How do you want to be remembered when the glasses are raised?

As someone willing to compromise on the little things, but not the big ones.

7.What’s your happy place?

I’ve moved a lot, so I try to find one wherever I go. As such, I have quite a collection at this point. For me, the important thing is being open enough to find new ones, which won’t happen if Im too attached to the old.

8.What is your signature drink? (We’d love to know what you like to drink, but what we REALLY want to know is what is your favorite expression or motto?)


I’m nearly 12 years sober, so…


One’s too many, a million’s not enough