I am normally the happiest guy you would ever meet. I play with some amazing musicians and was fortunate to see the world until now. I have never been off the road more than 6 months or so since I was 18 years old. Kamelot’s last show was on my birthday October 13, 2019. After being off the road for 1 1/2 years my wife brought to my attention that something was off with me. She suggested I talk to a professional and reluctantly I agreed to do so. It was the best thing I did for myself and my family. Very quickly I was diagnosed with depression. I was completely floored with the diagnosis because I always thought depression was feeling sad and that was not what I was feeling. But depression manifests differently for every individual and my depression made me continuously lash out at the people I cared about most with literally not even recognizing my actions. I was prescribed a mild non addictive antidepressant. I will say now having taken the happy pills for a year now my life has changed for the better. It probably saved my marriage and I’m able to manage my thoughts much more clearly now. So my answer to your question as it relates to me is talk to someone and get the help you need. It is nothing to be ashamed of or to have too much pride about. You will be happy you did, will better off and most importantly feel good about your self again.
A native of Florida Sean C Tibbetts was born in Fort Lauderdale. Artistic and music abilities run deep in his family. Most are musicians or artists in some form. His father was a professional photographer, sister an artist and all his uncles and aunts play an instrument. Sean was eight years old when the music bug bit him. Seeing his uncle Richard play the sax and flute he knew then where he was going. He picked up a guitar for the first time at the age of 10 and started private lessons at age 12 after receiving an electric guitar for Christmas.
When he was 15 his mother asked what he wanted to be when he grew up. Without hesitation he proudly stated “A Rock Star!” She laughed and said “You and every other kid in the world!” At a young age he didn’t quite understand what was so funny but nothing would stop him from achieving that dream.
After years of lessons and practice Sean moved to Saint Petersburg, Florida at age 18 and began his journey to become a professional musician. Playing locally in many cover bands he soon met up with a touring band named Bratz and spent the next few years on the road. After reading and replying to an ad for a bassist in a local magazine two long haired metal looking fellows showed up at one of his gigs. It was Thomas Youngblood and Richard Warner of Kamelot. A new unsigned ambitious act looking to make a run at the record industry. He joined and played a large roll in getting the band moving in its infancy. It was not meant to be and he departed the band after 3 years.
Shortly after his departure, Kamelot went on to fame and fortune around the world. Sean went on to write and record with several other touring bands like Wykked Wyttch, and Royal Anguish. When Kamelot played in Tampa, Royal Anguish opened the show. Current Bassist Glenn Berry made mention that he would not make the Kamelot 2006 US tour and asked if Sean could fill in. He gladly accepted and was happy to help out. Later Glenn retired to stay home with family and Sean was asked to be a full member of Kamelot in 2008 again.
Since then Sean has recorded multiple records with Kamelot and toured the globe many times. Along with being a successful session player, writer and teacher he is the founding member of the music project Sault.